Photo: Brian Nevins

For Immediate Release

November 1, 2012 - The 13th Annual Tommy Tant Memorial Surf Classic, Food Festival and Concert presented by Nautica returns to Flagler Beach, FL, on November 17-18, 2012. This annual weekend event celebrates the life of Flagler Beach's local surf brethren, Tommy Tant, who passed away in 1998 from an aortic aneurysm. Featuring surfing, art, music and food, the 2012 Tant Classic is an annual community celebration that has awarded $52,000 in scholarships, $17,000 to the Flagler Food Bank, and $6000 to the National Marfan Foundation.

The Tant Classic also welcomes the Red Bull Night Riders competition on Saturday, November 17, from 8-10pm. Thousands of spectators will cheer from the pier as six top professional surfers break the limits of aerial surfing. This invite-only event will feature professional surfers Oliver Kurtz, Evan Thompson, Alek Parker, Blake Jones, Jake Mcguire, and Jesse Heilman. This one-of-a-kind night surf event is free to the public.

The daytime surf contest will host over 300 surfers who will compete in four pro divisions and 11 amateur divisions and is expected to draw thousands of spectators. Bright House Networks is the purse sponsor for the Men's Pro. Skullcandy presents the Jr. Pro division. Plus, young surfers and parents are ready to brave the crowd-favorite Tadpole division.

While the surf competition begins at 7:30am, the all-day out-of-the-water festivities include live art, raffle, and sponsor booths. Accommodations for contestants and spectators can be found at the Hammock Beach Resort — the Official Hotel Sponsor.

The 4th Annual Food Festival and Concert presented by Nautica will take place at Veteran's Park in downtown Flagler Beach from 5:00-7:30pm on Saturday evening prior to the Red Bull Night Riders. Enjoy an exquisite culinary experience from over fourteen popular restaurants and top it off with rock n' roll by Darkhorse Saloon and Le Blorr.

This year's event will also kick-off with music and silent auction on Friday, November 16 at 7pm at High Tides at Snack Jacks, just three miles south of the Flagler Pier directly on the beach.

Proceeds from the event support the Tommy Tant Memorial Scholarship, the Flagler Food Bank and the National Marfan Foundation. The event raises awareness for Marfan syndrome and related disorders, many of which cause aortic aneurysms. For more information, email or visit Enter the surf contest online at by Sunday, November 11th for a guaranteed spot.