Fun and surf in Kudat


A surfer preparing for the upcoming Music and Surf Festival in Kudat.

A surfer preparing for the upcoming Music and Surf Festival in Kudat.

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah’s tip of Borneo in Kudat will be alive with music, fun activities and water sports from Nov 24 to 26 as the Music and Surf Festival takes place during these days.

The event, which will be held at Kalampunian Beach, Tanjung Simpang Mengayau, will see an array of activities including a surfing competition and concert by local artistes for the public to enjoy.

Sabah Tourism Board (STB) chairman Datuk Joniston Bangkuai said the three-day event was aimed at promoting the beautiful beaches of Kudat as a tourism destination for outdoor activities and surf culture.

“We also want to showcase the tradition and customs of the Rungus community there,” he said during a press conference on Thursday.

This festival will kickstart with a surfing competition on Nov 24, exclusively for participants while those who wish to try out this new sport in Sabah can do so the next two days.

Joniston said Kudat is named one of the best surfing destinations because of its seasonal waves varying from one to six feet, sandy beaches and clear water.

He said although surfing is a new adventure sport, especially among locals in Sabah, it is fast gaining popularity.

(From left) STB Research and Support Services deputy general manager Noredah Othman, Sri Pelancongan Sabah general manager Zachary Mobijohn, STB Finance and Corporate Services deputy general manager Kevin Chin, STB general manager Gordon Yapp, Joniston, Rip Curl Malaysia area manager Yunus Yaakob, Sabah Surfing Association president Ivan Nicholas, Sabah Surfing Association treasurer Shafina Adly and festival emcee Amy Dangin.
(From left) STB Research and Support Services deputy general manager Noredah Othman, Sri Pelancongan Sabah general manager Zachary Mobijohn, STB Finance and Corporate Services deputy general manager Kevin Chin, STB general manager Gordon Yapp, Joniston, Rip Curl Malaysia area manager Yunus Yaakob, Sabah Surfing Association president Ivan Nicholas, Sabah Surfing Association treasurer Shafina Adly and festival emcee Amy Dangin.    

“Those interested in learning how to surf are encouraged to attend scheduled surf clinics on Nov 25 and 26,” he added.

The prize presentation for the surfing competition will be held on the last day of the festival.

Winners stand to take home cash prizes, trophies and goodie bags worth RM8,000.

Young surfers called Groms are also in the running for trophies, goodie bags and surf accessories worth of RM500 each.

There will also be a “Best in Borneo Surfer” title in search of the best performing local surfers too.

The admission-free concert, which will be held on Nov 25 from 4.30pm onwards, will feature artistes such as Atmosfera, Beverly Matujal, Francis Landong, Jonathan Tse, Ayumi Yusof, Sarma Cherry, Rhythm of Heartbeat Nature, Akar Rimba, and Borneo Cakrawala Band.

There will be a special appearance of Aunty Patrin (radio personality and YouTube character) and Rayner Pailus as well as Sabah’s Elvis Presley.

Festival-goers will be able to enjoy fire dance performances, and DJ Eflexx and brothers will be spinning music at night.

A “Dangers of Rip Current” Awareness Campaign and handicrafts exhibition will also be held during the event while food trucks will be parked throughout the programme to satisfy the taste buds of festival-goers.

The Music and Surf Fest @ The Tip Of Borneo, Kudat is an event organised by Sri Pelancongan Sabah with support from Sabah Tourism, Culture and Environment Ministry and Sabah Tourism Board, Sabah Surf Association and Kudat District Office.

It is sponsored by Rip Curl, K2 and Tritonic.

For details, contact Winceslaus Gerald Autine of Sri Pelancongan Sabah at 088-232 121 or email wences@sabahtourism.com.

Contact Fina of the Sabah Surfing Association at 012-306 9977 for competition details.

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