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The 22nd Annual Tommy Tant Memorial Surf Classic, presented by The Surf Station, went down October 28th & 29th at the Flagler Beach Pier in 4 to 6 ft surf.
The weekend Florida weather was beautiful. The temperatures were in the low 80’s, with winds around 10 miles an hour and onshore, and sizable crowds and waves both days.
The contest is a tribute to local Tommy Tant who passed away at 24 in his sleep from an aortic aneurysm. The contest has grown into a beloved event that celebrates family bond, friendship, and the surf culture he loved.
With 18 divisions to surf in, there was a heat for any surfer of any age to compete . This year there was a new division added to the money rounds, with the addition of a Longboard Pro, won by Nohea Williams. His slick knowledge and smooth control of his longboard put him into first place and the money.
Contestants were treated to consistent waves and some clean faces, even with the small amount of onshore winds each day. On Sunday at noon, the usual time for the Tommy Tant paddle out, the crowd this year gathered on the beach due to high surf conditions.
Tommy’s brother Will gave a heartfelt speech to all gathered, and over two hundred supporters held hands across the beach and along the boardwalk until all hands were thrown up into the air with cheers of rejoice.
The big winners of the event again were locals from Flagler Beach: Jimmy Blumenfeld in Grandmasters, Bob Lindsey in Legends.
On the lady shredder side “The Mominator”, Haley Stephens doubled up and took out both the Women’s 18+ and Women’s Pro, with the biggest winner being Carl Burger, who won both the Jr Men’s and Men’s Pro plus a scholarship.
To date the Tommy Tant event has donated over $200,000 to scholarships, food banks, and the Marfan Foundation. The support for the past 22 years is a testimony to when a surf community comes together, good things and fun days are what it’s all about year after year. – Tom Dugan –
Tommy Tant Results :
4 – Austin Clouse
4 – Gavin Coluccio
4 – Mya Sniadach