Kommetjie surfer shines

2019-06-18 06:00
Sarah ScottPHOTO: Ian Thurtell

Sarah ScottPHOTO: Ian Thurtell

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Local surfers and longboarders were joined by their counterparts from all corners of South Africa and by a number of international competitors in the fifth edition of the Tiger’s Milk Winter Classic which was held at Surfers Corner in Muizenberg on Saturday 8 June and Sunday 9 June.

With R60 000 in prize money on offer to the finalists in the open men’s and women’s surfing divisions, open men’s and women’s longboard division and an o.40 (over-40) longboard division, competition was fierce.

Great weather and ideal four- to five-foot surf added to the vibe that is associated with this popular and unique event which is run from inside the Tiger’s Milk Restaurant at Surfers Corner.

There was plenty of top class surfing by longboarders and surfers alike over the two days of competition, but one of the most outstanding performances of the weekend came from 13-year-old Kommetjie surfer Sarah Scott. Last year’s u.12 South African champion, Scott, worked her way through a tough field of surfers, all of whom were much older than her, to reach the final in the open women’s division.

She then took the time to work on her strategy for the final and her planning paid off when she posted the highest heat score and won the final in convincing fashion. In doing this she not only earned the respect of her fellow competitors, who carried her up the beach on their shoulders but also banked R4500 for her efforts.

Scott also became one of the youngest surfers in South African surfing history to take an open event title.

A determined performance by former Muizenberg local Alfonso Pieters in the final of the men’s longboard division saw him edge Thomas King into second place, winning R7000 in the process.

Pieters and King returned from Biarritz in France earlier in the week after representing South Africa at the International Surfing Association World Longboard Championships.

This was Pieters’ second Tiger’s Milk title in three years but this time he dedicated the victory to his mother who passed away during the event.

Defending Tiger’s Milk champion, Crystal Hulett of Cape St Francis, took honours in the open women’s final.

Local surfer and two-time World and Tiger’s Milk champion, Matthew Moir, added a third Tiger’s Milk title to his list but this time it was in the o.40 longboard division while current World Surfing League Africa ratings leader Dylan Lightfoot of Jeffrey’s Bay won the Open men’s division.

V For results and heat scores from this weekend’s contest go to liveheats.com/surfingsouthafrica and tigersmilk.co.za, and Tiger’s Milk and Surfing SA Facebook pages to view photos.

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