Photos and Text: Tim Hain

3 December 2011, Terengganu-Malaysia: It was a very full day of competitive surfing today at Batu Burok Beach, highlighted by some exciting aerial surfing by some of South East Asia’s best professional surfers including Indonesia’s Raditya Rondi, whose amazing air 360 earned him the highest single wave score of the day, 8.5 points out of a possible 10, as well as the highest heat score of the day, 15.83 out of a possible 20. Rondi current leads the points standings as the number 1 ranked surfer on the Asian Surfing Championship tour.

“The waves were great out there,” said a grinning Rondi.” There were lots of good sections and so I just went for it.  I really like this beach break and am having a great time here in Malaysia.  I,ve been to Malaysia before but never up here to Terengganu, and I’m so glad I made the trip.  It’s fun to meet and surf with the locals here.”

Fellow Indonesian,s Dede Suryana and Made Darmayasa also took to the air at every opportunity, to the delight of the crowds on the beach who had never seen this level of surfing before at their local beach.

After 20 heats of the Men’s Open Division were run today, the field has been narrowed down with only the semifinals left to run tomorrow.  Still in the hunt for the prize money and a place on the podium are 8 surfers, from Indonesia, the Maldives, and Japan.

The day started off with the Master,s Division (over 35 years of age) contestants taking to the 2-3 foot glassy waves and proving that age has no effect on the stoke and motivation to compete, with Australia’s Sean Gilhooley posting the highest score of the morning to advance into the semifinals.  Competing with him tomorrow in the semifinals will be two surfers from Thailand and five surfers from Malaysia.

Yesterday saw the Women’s Division and the Bodyboard Divisions competing through to the semifinals, so tomorrow will see all divisions competing from the semifinals through to the finals.

After the Men,s Open quarterfinals had finished in the late afternoon, Quiksilver pro surfer Ry Craike put on an expression session for the crowd, being towed behind a jet ski and launching high into the air, then he and team riders Tipi Jabrik, Made Darmayasa, Sandi Selamat and Devis Ratif did a meet and great and poster signing to wrap up the full day of excitement on Batu Burok Beach.

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Michelle Teh

Quiksilver Malaysia

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Email: michelle@quiksilver.com.my

 

 

Tim Hain

Asian Surfing Championships

Media Director

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Mobile:  +628123606674

Email:  tim@isctour.com

 

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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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