7 January 2012, Desaru – Malaysia:  13 year old Annissa Flynn from Thailand took out the Women’s Division win today on Day 2 of the 6th annual Monsoon Mayhem International Surf Challenge held on the golden sand beach of Desaru in Southeast Malaysia.  She was the youngest of the women finalists that included runner up Nur Herwani from Malaysia, third place finisher Michaela Partin from the USA, and Brenda Lee from Malaysia rounding out fourth place

The Women’s final was held today at 11:30 in windy 2-3 foot surf, just after Round 1 of the Men’s Open had been completed.  It is expected that tomorrow will bring significantly larger surf conditions that may make it impossible for the women to compete, to the organizers elected to finish the Women’s Division today.

Young Annissa Flynn was both surprised and delighted when she exited the beach to find that she had won, saying “Really?  I couldn’t here anything but the wind and the pounding waves!”  She was prompted hoisted up on the shoulders of fellow countryman Chatchai “Man” Samporn who carried her up to the judge’s tower.

After she had a moment to relax on the beach, she was asked about her strategy during the challenging final.  “I really didn’t know what would happen out there, it was hard to know which waves were going to be the good ones.  It was part luck and part skill I guess, and I’m lucky I got a couple where I could make a few turns.  My beach break at home in Phuket can be like this, so maybe my experience there helped me out today.”

This is Annissa’s second win at an Asian Surfing Championship event in Malaysia, as she won the Women’s Division at another ASC event up in Terengganu on December 4th, 2011.  She also finished the inaugural ASC season as the runner up Asian Women’s Surfing Champion.  When asked about her plans for the 2012 season, she replied, “I’m going to surf as many ASC events as I can, as I want to be the women’s champion for 2012!”

Yesterday in the first day of the Monsoon Mayhem, 9 women from the countries of Indonesia, Thailand, the USA, and Malaysia competed for the four spots in today’s final, including 2011 Women’s Asian Surfing Champion Yasnyiar “Bonne” Gea, who made a surprising exit in the semifinals.

In addition to the Women’s finals held today, Rounds 1, 2, and the quarterfinals of the Mens Open were held, as well as the quarterfinals of the Master’s Division. Tomorrow will see the culmination of the three day Monsoon Mayhem event, with the Bodyboarding finals, Men’s Open semifinals and final, and the Masters semifinals and finals.

The highlight of the Men’s Open action came in Quarterfinal 1, with a head to head battle for the heat win between 2011 Asian Surfing Champion Raditya Rondi from Indonesia and Ismail Miglal from the Maldives, with both surfers taking to the air as well as carving big turns in the windy and difficult conditions, to the delight of the crowd.  The loud cheers were heard above the wind, but only on the beach.  “I didn’t hear any cheering, but I saw people clapping when I looked back at the beach to see how much time was left, so I knew they were enjoying the show,” said Rondi.  “It was kind of hard out there for sure, but it was fun.  Stoked I got through the heat and from what I heard it is supposed to be bigger and messier tomorrow, so hope I can make it into the final,” he added.

In championship form, Rondi posted the event’s highest single wave score of 7.83 out of a possible 10 for completing a frontside air reverse, then followed it up with a backside air reverse for 7.5 points, which netted him the highest heat score of the day as well, 15.33 points out of a possible 20.

The swell forecast is predicting a significant increase in both wave size and wind speed, as if to ensure that once again this annual event will live up to its name for the final day of competition.

The Monsoon Mayhem event is supported by the Malaysian state of Johor as both a tourism promotion activity and in support of the growth of surfing in Malaysia.

Monsoon Mayhem 2012 is organized by Bigfoot Industries, sanctioned by the Asian Surfing Championships with official event partners Tourism Malaysia, Tourism Johor, Pejabat Memeterian Pelancongan Negeri Johor, sponsored by UNKL347, Wavehouse Sentosa, Satu Suku Surf, Fatimah Mohsin The Wedding Gallery, SaltySkin Dive & Surf, JOHO and Journey, and supported by the Surfing Association of Singapore, Johor Surfing Association, and MRB. The official accommodation for the event is the Lotus Desaru Beach Resort.

Media Contacts

Bigfoot Industries
Nazir “Ajill” Saleh
Event Coordinator
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Email: bfinternational@gmail.com

Asian Surfing Championships
Tim Hain
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Email:  tim@asiansurfingtour.com, tim@isctour.com

About Bigfoot Industries

Bigfoot Industries was founded in 2006 by enthusiasts of extreme sports such as skateboarding, surfing and dirt biking. The company focuses on promoting the future development of board riding sports in Singapore, Malaysia, and throughout Asia.   Bigfoot Industries holds a number of events in the board riding categories yearly and sponsors diverse individual athletes in various disciplines. See more at www.bigfoot-industries.com

About the Asian Surfing Championships

The goal of the Asian Surfing Championships is to grow the sport of surfing in Asia from the grassroots level by assisting each country in creating organized and sanctioned events that will develop the skills of their surfers in healthy competition as well as to draw attention to their area for the progression of surfing locally, nationally, and throughout the Asian region.

Organized surfing competitions have historically been the best medium for the development of surfers and for the sport of surfing.  Learning how to compete fairly and to being disciplined in training and competition key assets needed not only for surfing but also for life.

The ASC works with the local, national and multinational event sponsors and organizers to maximize the results of these competitive surfing events towards accomplishing the goals of sharing the sport of surfing and bringing positive economic, social, and environmental benefits to the people in these Asian countries.

With a multi-stop and multi-national surfing tour, Asian Surfing Champions will be crowned each year in multiple divisions including Open, Women, Longboard, Junior, and Master.  For more see www.asiansurfingtour.com

Tim Hain
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