Rip Curl .First time taking transportation up to Terengganu is not a pleasent journey, only discover that Terengganu is a bit far off from my usual distance that I travel back to my hometown Penang. A journey of 8 hours had paid of with my first time experience in surfing competition event held in Malaysia.
Lets enjoy the flow of what’s happening up there over last weekend. .
Before heading to the beach and competition area, we are all house in Sumai Hotel & Apartment .. .
Its a huge apartment that share with 8 of us with 4 bed rooms and huge dining and living room area.
TV here is just for display and apparently only got single channel TV1 only which is blurry Astro book is there and we thought there is gonna have Astro channel. Well, its just for display only. One good thing about this unit is they provide free wifi.
Nice clean shared toilet. .
huge kitchen space and doesnt comes with a stove. Basic tea and coffee are provided. Service of the housekeeping is pretty efficient and friendly and they do daily housekeeping too. Thanks to them for keeping the house clean.
changed and lets go to the beach . . .
Dining area of breakfast is pleasant by serving american breakfast and local variety.
Main event area, at Batu Burok Beach. We are here early to check out the happenings in the area.
Horn off with the officials from the organisers and Surfer’s get ready to surf~
All participations is eyeing to win RM 40,000 (over $12,000 USD) worth of prizes in Men’s Open, Women’s Open, Master Division and Bodyboard Open, and Longboard Open.
Registration counter for all media and surfers. . . I am excited to see all the nice surf boards. Always a dream to own one when I own a cafe.
With many canopies set up and sponsors around the area . ..
All lining up to be ready to call upon for action . .
Well, its too early to shop? never, as long as there are special promotions, it will attract many of us to drop by pay a visit.
This is seriously a cheap place to kick off their merchandise promo. RM50 for t-shirt how to deny on that. Ended up all of us shopping in there. Of course only limited size available.
Some of the girls ended up with sandals and baby – t from Rip Curl. Me also end up with a surf pants, t-shirt and slipper. 😀
With Amos at the event ..
How can such event without music and they have a cool DJ deck area and all the songs playing throughout the day is grooving. Early morning already we are loving the music played.
This is how the whole actual area looks like with main picture, VIP zone, Media zone and Judges are on top of the tower
All the participants are house here, with their boards to be place and getting ready to call upon for action.
For first day, its pretty gloomy weather that created a nice wave for all the surfers to do their stunt and action. With about 2-4 feet high wave is just perfect for them to do it.
Walking around, then you will come to this stall Surfboard Artist.
Love her cute and creative design . . .
taking her time to paint on surf boards and I send my phone to be painted too . . kekek~
This is my end result on my surf board, oh no its on my phone cover. Turning an old cover to new cover now.
Meet lovely Laura, the surfboard painter.
Along the 3 days, we had alot of Fanta from Grapes, Orange and Strawberry and still my personal favourite is Grapes. Been a long while since I last had this as they had change their packaging and used to be one of my favourite drink when I was a kid. 😀
This is Fanta Mascot.
Shannon enjoying her Fanta drink.
Try your luck for the day in Rip Curl Game zone and you will be walking away of their special prize.
All of us walking over to media zone to interview our very own Malaysian surfers. Brenda.
This is Brenda that will be competing and we ask her quite alot of questions. Video shall be up soon. Stay tunned.
How we kill our time during the interval. This is what we do. Sunbathing . .
Quite long didnt see Shannon in action and its good to see her back in blogging world.
Jeng Jeng jeng, not only pros get to surf, we are all enroll in the Surf Clinic that conduct by Professional surfer, Jonny which is also owns a surfing school in Malaysia.
All excited and just cant wait to change and get ourself wet.
All of us got change and gear up for our very first experience in surfing.
Johnny explain detaily what are the challenges we are going to face and what are the safety precautions to ensure we are not drown or injured.
As you see the pro’s doing their surfing it looks easy with a basic clinic like that and warm up ourself before heading to the sea, seems like a challenge already. The biggest challenge is this:
Standing up on the board is the biggest challenge as you need to balance then within seconds to hop up to surf along with the wave.
Now we are all gear up ready to surf.
Getting our board and running to the sea like baywatch . .kekek
On our experience surfing, its definately not easy by drinking alot of sea water with strong wave hitting you, first is to balance yourself on the board then second challenge is to make yourself stand up. We ended going more than 3 session as each session is an hour long. Loving the experience. Thanks to Johnny and his crew for being so helpful in assisting us and advise us on our first time experience. Its a fun learning challenge.
As it head to the afternoon, more and more people are flocking the place to catch surfers in action.
With heat 1 going on till finalist.
End our first 2 days watching those surfers in action and we are amaze how they can ride along. We wish too.
As the eve of the final event, we were hosted with a Gala dinner starting off with cultural performance follow by Terengganu artist to entertain for the night.
One of their local performer.
Its a wet day on final day and with Men’s open are all swipe clean by Indonesians. They are just bless with the wave that they get to enjoy and of course, congrats to all of them and our Malaysians surfers, Brenda for making it to top 4.
thanks to Rip Curl Malaysia for giving us this great opportunity to experience this event and a chance to surf along with this great goodie bag.
From all of us bloggers, we had a great time and looking forward for next year event.