Photos and Text: Tim Hain

2 December 2011, Terengganu-Malaysia: The inaugural Terengganu Quiksilver Best Event Surf Contest 2011 got underway today at Batuk Burok Beach in the coastal town of Kuala Terengganu with 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.

 

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.

 

They surfed through 8 heats before taking a break for the traditional religious Muslim mid day Friday prayer time, and then the Women’s Division had their chance to paddle out and do battle in the testing low tide conditions.  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.

 

“It was kind of hard out there,” said Annissa.  “I was lucky to get a couple of good waves and win my heat, because the current was strong and it was difficult to stay in a good position.  But I’m happy to get through this heat and advance, and I’m really looking forward to my next heat…after I get some rest tonight!”

 

Event organizer and Quiksilver Malaysia Surfing Ambassador Bryan Ng was nothing but pleased with the turnout on the first day of the event, saying “This event has become the talk of the town, and today everybody has been showing up today, both the public and the media, and I couldn’t be more happy about it. 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.  We are off to a great start and I’m grateful to Quiksilver and the ASC for all their help in making this event a reality.”

 

ASC CEO Tipi Jabrik was also very happy with what he saw today.  “The waves were certainly contestable today, good enough to start things off for sure, and we’re anticipating increasingly good conditions over the next two days.  Everything was set up very well going great.  I’m especially glad to see the local government give such great support to this event, and also to hear that the Maldives government sent several of their surfers here to compete.  I hope that this sets an example that other countries will follow, sending their best surfers to other ASC events to help grow the sport of surfing throughout Asia.”

 

Tomorrow will see the Men’s Open and Master’s Division surfers take to the waves, as well as more fun games on the beach and an special expression session and poster signing by Quiksilver pro surfers Ry Craike from Australia and Dede Suryana from Indonesia.

 

Both surfers took the opportunity today to get a couple of waves, being towed behind a jet ski and attempting to outdo each other in trying to launch the biggest air.  “The wind was super strong down by the jetty where we were surfing, which made it hard to land our aerials, but it was very good fun,” said Suryana.  “I’m really looking forward to surfing in the competition tomorrow, and I’m having a great time here,” he added.

 

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 will be competing 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.

 

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.

 

For more information see http://quiksilverroxymalaysia.blogspot.com/ and www.isctour.com/asc,.

 

 

Media Contacts:

 

Michelle Teh

Quiksilver Malaysia

Phone: 03-92848078/012-3133815

Email: michelle@quiksilver.com.my

 

 

Tim Hain

Asian Surfing Championships

Media Director

Office:  +62361768293

Mobile:  +628123606674

Email:  tim@isctour.com

 

About Quiksilver:

 

Quiksilver, Inc. (NYSE:ZQK) is the world’s leading outdoor sports lifestyle company, which designs, produces and distributes a diversified mix of branded apparel, footwear, accessories, snowboards and related products. The company’s apparel and footwear brands represent a casual lifestyle for young-minded people that connect with its boardriding culture and heritage.

 

The reputation of Quiksilver’s brands is based on outdoor action sports. The company’s Quiksilver, Roxy, DC, Lib Tech and Hawk brands are synonymous with the heritage and culture of surfing, skateboarding and snowboarding.

 

The company’s products are sold in over 90 countries in a wide range of distribution, including surf shops, skate shops, snow shops, its proprietary Boardriders Club shops and Quiksilver company-owned retail stores, other specialty stores and select department stores. Quiksilver’s corporate and Americas’ headquarters are in Huntington Beach, California, while its European headquarters are in St. Jean de Luz, France, and its Asia/Pacific headquarters are in Torquay, Australia.

 

For further information about Quiksilver, Inc., you are invited to take a look into our world at: www.quiksilverinc.com, www.quiksilverfoundation.org, www.quiksilver.com, www.roxy.com, www.dcshoecousa.com, www.hawkclothing.com.

 

 

About the Asian Surfing Championships

 

The goal of the Asian Surfing Championships is to grow the sport of surfing in South East 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 SEA area.

 

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 will work 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 South East Asian countries.

 

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

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