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Mon, 11 June 2018

One of the best 25 minutes of contest surfing at Muizenberg for years saw Steven Sawyer take the men’s longboard division at the Tigers Milk Winter Classic yesterday.

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HANDY WIN: Steve Sawyer leaves for overseas today to compete in events. Photo Thurtell

Steezy, of Jeffrey’s Bay, produced two nine plus point rides to take the title and the R6,000 prize purse while talented Seal Point longboarder Crystal Hulett beat defending champion Simone Robb to take gold and the women's R6,000 winner’s purse. Taryn King took third and 2018 national longboard team member Christy Gilmour took 4th.

Christy’s father, Grant, took the Over 40 Longboard title ahead of Chris Heath. Chris Poseman took third, with Whaldo de Kock 4th.

Young Manoa Robb showed off the talent that runs in the family with his victory in the Under 23 Longboard Final. Local Muizenberg longboarders took the other three spots in the final with Simamkele Moolman securing the runner up ahead of Mbuso Zozi and Theo Van Schoor.

Caroline Brown successfully defended her Under 23 Longboard title by beating newcomer Enya Van Niekerk. Sarah Ingram took third spot ahead of Caroline Brouckaert.

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CRYSTAL CLEAR: Feels good to know you've just won a cool six grand. Photo Thurtell

Ballito based Richard Kidd pushed talented Adin Masencamp into second place in an exciting Men’s surfing final. Jordy Maree, a former winner of this division, took third and Joshe Faulkner was fourth. Local surfer Craig Johnson won a custom made Stubby surfboard as the best community surfer in the shortboard division. Johnson, who recently won the Vic Bay Quad at Victoria Bay, was eliminated in the semi-finals.

Two-time Tigers Milk Champion Matthew Moir posted a 9.65 in an epic final, the highest score of the contest, but needed a back up to take his third title. When the siren sounded Moir had to settle for second ahead of Michael Hill, who also scored a plus 9 point ride in the final. Local longboarder, Nobel de Castro, a finalist last year, placed fourth.

Sawyer’s win and the R6,000 prize money came at just the right time: he leaves for the USA today where he will be competing in a number of WSL Longboard events over the next few weeks.

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FLYING FAULKNER: Joshe ramps one off the top of a slightly ragged Muizenberg. Photo Thurtell

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South Africa’s top ranked women surfer Nicole Pallet had a ding dong battle with multiple SA team member Tanika Hoffman in their shortboard final but in the end honours and R4,500 in prize-money went to Pallet. Kerri Bjergveldt took third and 2017 finalist Tarryn Chudleigh did it again with 4th.

The final day of competition in the 4th edition of the event was held in bright sunshine and 3-4 foot onshore surf. Despite the tough surfing conditions there were some outstanding performances across the divisions.

All the results with scores can be viewed on www.liveheats.com/surfingsouthafrica. Go to www.tigersmilk.co.za and the Tigers Milk and Surfing SA facebook pages and other Tigers Milk and Surfing SA social platforms to view photos.

Included in the programme was a Tag Team surf contest featuring 60 young surfers from twelve community projects that use surfing to change the lives of marginalised children in their communities. This initiative was presented by Surfing South Africa, run by SSA Development Officer Danielle Powis and supported by Tigers Milk.

The 2019 Tigers Milk Winter Classic will take place on June 7th, 8th and 9th

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