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Tuesday October 30, 2012

Six-star surfing competition

Ride the wave: VIPs and guests posing for a group photo after the press conference. Ride the wave: VIPs and guests posing for a group photo after the press conference.

RIP Curl Malaysia announced the dates for the first six-star Asian Surfing Championship (ASC) surfing competition in Malaysia, the Rip Curl Pro Terengganu, which will take place at Batu Burok Beach in Terengganu from Nov 30 to Dec 2.

In collaboration with the state government, Rip Curl Malaysia is the first surf brand in Malaysia to sponsor a six-star rated ASC surfing competition with a total prize money of RM36,500 across five surfing divisions; men’s, women’s, longboard, Masters, and bodyboard, plus a skateboard slalom race and various specialty awards such as “Best Malaysian Surfer” and “Best Surf Wipeout”.

In addition, there will also be RM22,500 worth of Rip Curl products to be given out to the finalists.

In the ASC tour system, events are rated from one to six stars according to the total prize money available in the men’s Open division.

Terengganu promotion and events manager Nik Mohd Syahrom said the event will be upgraded to the Ultima level next year.

“After the success of last year’s event in Terangganu, we decided this year to up the prize money.

“And we have every intention of upgrading it to the highest level, an Ultima event, next year,” he said.

With big prize money and valuable ASC championship points on offer, the Rip Curl Pro Terengganu will draw the Asian region’s best professional surfers from Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Taiwan, Japan, Singapore and the Philippines, as well as from other countries including Australia, the US and France.

Current ASC men’s Open champion Raditya Rondi from Indonesia is excited about coming back to Malaysia and competing in the Rip Curl Pro Terengganu.

“I have competed in events in Malaysia every year for the last four years and always enjoy the monsoon season so I can go back there to surf, compete, see my friends, and have a great time. With this year’s event having more prize money and points, I am super stoked on getting a chance to come back, and hopefully I can win the event this year,” he said.

Rip Curl South-East Asia marketing manager James Hendy said, “On behalf of Rip Curl I’d like to say a special thanks to Jon and his crew here at Rip Curl Malaysia, to Syahrom and the Terengganu government for their support, and to Bryan Ng for putting in so much time to organise what is promises to be the best most exciting surfing event ever held in Malaysia.”

Also at the press conference was Tim Hain from the ASC, who was delighted at how the sport was progressing in Malaysia.

“I’m very proud of the Malaysian surfers who have made an event like this possible with their hard work and dedication, as well as the surf brands like Rip Curl that are supporting them and believing in all the positive benefits that the sport of surfing brings to a community.

“My first trip to Malaysia for a surf contest was in 2008, and I have been coming back each year since, and it’s like a dream come true to have a six-star ASC event this year. I am really excited about the event, and so proud of the surf community here in Malaysia.”

The press conference also included a fashion show with the latest collection of sporty Rip Curl products for men and women being shown off by models from the Amber Chia Academy, and the official signing of Rip Curl Malaysia’s surf team members.

Bryan Ng was officially signed as Rip Curl’s Brand Ambassador for Malaysia, Brenda Lee was signed up as Rip Curl Malaysia’s newest surf team member, and Mohd “Semmy” Suhaimi from Cherating renewed his surfing contract for another year.