(Malaysia, December 17, 2008): The stage is set for the first annual Billabong Pro Am Malaysia surfing competition to be held at Cherating Point in the state of Pahang. Consistent monsoon swells have hit the South China Sea coastline for the past three weeks and all predictions point to an increase in swell size and quality for the duration of the event.
The little known monsoon swell season from November through to February has come as a shock to the international surfing community, with many still skeptical of its potential. “I really didn’t know what to expect and I’ve been surprised, we’ve been surfing this crazy point up the road in the mornings, about 4ft and perfect left barrels for hundreds of metres” said Billabong Indonesian surfer Rahtu Suargita, “Then in the afternoon we’ve had the longboards out just to see who get the longest wave, Tai (Graham) got one for three minutes and fifty two seconds the other day, it was silly!”.
The event will run from the 19th – 21st of the month and there will be representation from Indonesian, Singaporean, Malaysian, Thai, Philippine, and Australian surfers. There will be a heap of action with competitors flaring it up in five main categories, Men’s open, Women’s open, Groms, and masters. There will also be daily Billabong Professional surfing demos at the point and several music performances over the course of the weekend.
The Billabong Pro Am Malaysia is proudly supported by Nixon, Vonzipper, Kustom, Satusuku, Tourism Pahang, Tourism Malaysia, and the Kuantan Municipal Council.