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Words and photos by John Streit.

It’s always refreshing to spend time with a group of people that are as caring and giving as they are stoked on surfing.

The Iguana Surf Club is undoubtedly one of these crews. Just ask anyone who lined the beach at Croatan for the annual Iguana Surf Classic: these guys are about as laid-back, fun-loving and surf-stoked as anyone on the East Coast.

Besides putting on a super-fun, family-style contest with an expression session format, the club is definitely doing things the right way through its philanthropy. Each year, the Iguana Surf Classic serves as a big fundraiser for one of our community’s brightest beacons of hope — Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters.

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So with hearts of gold and spirits full of pure stoke, the Iguanas nailed it yet again with the 12th edition of the Classic. Despite dreary weather and grovelling surf, good vibes were off the charts as shortboarders, longboarders, bodyboarders, stand-up paddleboarders, skimboarders and wave skiers united for an afternoon of fun on the water. The judging format was fun-loving and creative, with each category vying for titles such as Best Style, Coolest Trick, Longest Ride, Best Noseride and Best Wipeout.

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The after-party at South Beach Grill went off with Two-Tone Cadillac pumping the rockabilly tunes in between the awarding of the contest’s titles and its massive raffle prizes; which included a Longrider surfboard and a one-of-a-kind mounted retro longboard fin crafted by Bill Frierson. Several local shops and surf companies — including S&A and our famous foam shakas! — helped bolster the raffle and prizes with generous donations.

If the Iguana Surf Club and its annual Surf Classic aren’t on your radar; trust me, they really should be. This is a group of men and women doing really great things for CHKD, and doing it with stoke and grace.

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