Monday, December 5, 2011

Inaugural Terengganu Quiksilver Surf Contest

Posted by Hashim Abd Ghani On 12:02 AM

Quiksilver in cooperation with the State Government of Terengganu, the Tourism Ministry of Terengganu, Tourism Malaysia and EC Extreme presented  the inaugural Terengganu Quiksilver Best Event Surf Contest 2011 held from December 2-4th at Batu Burok Beach in the coastal town of Kuala Terengganu. Big crowds showing up to check out the surfing action, play some games, participate in a surf clinic, and generally have an out-of-the-ordinary day at their local beach.

The Terengganu Quiksilver Best Event Surf Contest 2011 is a 3-star Asian Surfing Championship event, stop number 7 of 8 events in the ASC's inaugural 2011 season. The contestants competed  in 4 divisions of competition, Men's Open, Women's Open, Master's Open, and Bodyboard Open, with a total combined prize pool of over $10,000 USD (RM 31,000) coming from the State Government of Terengganu. In addition to cash, the finalists will also be receiving trophies and prize packs from Quiksilver, Roxy and other sponsors, as well as valuable ASC Championship points.

Though not widely known as a surfing destination, Malaysia's east coast is rife with points and beach breaks that can offer up super fun and high performance waves when the South China Sea turns on its charm during the "Monsoon Season" months of October through March each year. This time of year is typically quiet along the coastal beaches for non-surfers, but for those surfers in search of uncrowded waves the "Surf Season" is welcomed with great anticipation.

After the 97 contestants from 10 different countries including Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan, Australia, the Maldives, Japan, Egypt, and the USA had registered themselves to compete either the Men's Open Division, Women's Division, Masters Division, or Bodyboard Division, the surfing action got started with the bodyboarders first taking to the 1-2 foot waves.

The highlights of the women's surfing was first Indonesia's Yasnyiar "Bonne" Gea pulling off an amazing layback top turn to win her heat the day's highest scoring wave, and then Thailand's 13 year old Annissa Flynn getting her heat win and the second highest scoring wave of a 4.67.

Annissa Flynn © Tim Hain / ASC

This event has become the talk of the town, both the public and the media. Surfing is very new to this town, as they have only been doing it for the last 3 to 4 years, so this is quite a big deal for the local population, to have some many international surfers coming to their beach and see so much activity.

The Terengganu Quiksilver Best Event Surf Contest 2011 is sponsored by the State Government of Terengganu, Quiksilver, Roxy, the Ministry of Tourism Terengganu, Tourism Malaysia and the Marang Village Resort & Spa, in conjunction with event organizer EC Extreme. The Sumai Suite Hotel is the official hotel of the Terengganu Quiksilver Best Event.

Surf Clinic © Tim Hain

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