CYOH ended 2011 off with a bang at their annual awards function at Chingada's on Saturday night. A lekker turn-out saw the Mex possie turned into CYOH HQ for the evening.
There were some awesome prizes for the overall CYOH Surf series winners - Nixon watches and Xcel suits for each deserved division winner. Dylan Lightfoot took out the coveted men's open title and got to stab ET in the back with the ceremonial winners sword.
The evening also saw the announcement of the grand final winner of the CYOH Millerslocal Video Challenge powered by RVCA. Jean du Toit got the nod from the judging panel for his awesome footage of Hummies going off it's mielie. Jason Hearn (Producer of the Africa Project), Alan van Gysen (Photo ed of the Zag) and Arno Lane (big cheese at RVCA) were the judges.
He scored himself R5000 RVCA rands, and in a moment of selflessness declared he'd be splitting his dosh with the other 3 finalists. Nice one Jean. He's one good-karma man for sure.
Big up's to RVCA who put up R9000 to sponno the event (R1000 monthly prizes and the R50000 grand prize) - it's pretty awesome to get a purely local event with such a big-ass prize. We got some awesome vid's - so thanks to all the guys who sacrificed surf time to get the shots from the beach....not to mention the hours in the edit bay.
It's definitely got some local guys to hone their video skills, so we hope to see more clips coming outta the bay in the near future. Remember - always send your video's through to the website - we'll pluk them up so everyone can check em out.
Major congrats to CYOH, who picked up the Club of the Year award from SA Surfing, which is a pretty freaking fine achievement. Well done to Jakes, Josh, Bruce and the guys for really putting time and effort in to creating such a killer vibe....and may the club continue to go from strength to strength. Big plans in the pipeline for next year, rumour has it...so keep your eyes peeled.
A stomping night was had by all, and pretty sure there were a few bleary eyes in the line-up on Sunday morning....