Local surfers and skateboarders really came on board in support of the Community Surf and Skate Classic held at Alkantstrand Beach over the weekend. 

Over fifty contestants gathered to show off their skills and compete against each other for some valuable prizes in front of a crowd of thrilled spectators. This well organised event, presented by Gerrit Loots and team from Kingdom Community Church, has received much praise from the locals who enjoyed the festivities and vibe on the day.

Llewellyn Drummond took the first place in the Skateboarding event winning a brand new Signature skateboard. Ben Knoetze (9), won his first ever competition taking park in the Junior Surfing U/12. Sarah Horlock won the Longboarding event and Andrew Rowling won the Open Surfing title and a custom Signature surfboard in a close battle over Gregg Horlock. Andrew and Gregg's scores were in fact tied but the winner was chosen from the best wave ridden... a technical and deep tube ride by Andy. Special mention must be made of all the Junior surfers who did very well surfing their very first surfing competition.

The aim of the event was to bring people together to meet up and have some fun and build relationships which was definitely achieved with people wanting to see this happen more often. The man on the mic, John de Beer, kept the spectators informed and was a big contributor to the atmosphere of the contest and encouragement of the competitors. There was coffee and breakfast buns on sale, good tunes, the monkey, competitors hampers, talent in the surf and skatepark, stoked prize winners and a whole lot of laughs.

Thanks go out to all the competitors for coming down and entering and making the event a success. Thanks to all the people from Kingdom Community Church and friends who served on the day and to Anton Knoetze, John Cawood, Lee and Cindy van Aswegen and Paul Scherzer from King Cetshwayo Surfriders for setting up heats and judging. Thanks to the lifeguards for their support and a big shout out to Signature Surf and Skate, Indaba Lodge, Ritchie Ford and Pelican Island Surfriders store for the awesome prizes.

Image by Julian Goldswain - juliangoldswain.com above