Raynard Tissink is Oakley X-Over champ

2016-07-21 06:00
Raynard Tissink (right), overall winner of the Oakley X-Over Challenge, challenges Ryan Sandes to beat him in the surf leg of the contest.        Photo: ERNST OHLHOFF/SURFSPOT

Raynard Tissink (right), overall winner of the Oakley X-Over Challenge, challenges Ryan Sandes to beat him in the surf leg of the contest. Photo: ERNST OHLHOFF/SURFSPOT

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PORT Elizabethan top-athlete, Raynard Tissink, bravely fought off the likes of Ruan de Smidt, Greg Minnaar, Tom Whittaker and Butch James to be named the ultimate winner of the 2016 Oakley X-Over challenge.

A multi-disciplined event, featuring golf, mountain biking and surfing, the Oakley X-Over has become one of the big attractions at the JBay Winterfest - with competitors being some of the most famous sports celebrities in the country.

It was a well-deserved win for the Oakley X-Over veteran, who competed in all three of the events and was placed second in the inaugural competition in 2014.

Tissink showed the flair of an experienced surf competitor in the final and caught many waves, taking a few spectacular late drops and working a few all the way to the inside.

“This event has actually changed my life. My first surf was at the first X-Over and now I love the sport. My life now consists of surfing and golf and I very occasionally ride a mountain bike.”

Along with the trophy, honours and bragging rights, Tissink also won an iPhone 6S, an Apple Watch with a 42mm Stainless Steel case and a Red Sport Band from Digicape va-lued at over R20 000.

Golf results

1. Ruan de Smidt

Mountain Bike results

1. Greg Minnaar

Surfing results

1. Tom Whittaker

2. Raynard Tissink

3. Greg Minnaar

4. Butch James

Overall results

1. Raynard Tissink

2. Tom Whittaker

3. Greg Minnaar

4. Butch James

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