25 September 2010, Kata Beach – Phuket: The Quarterfinals of the Men’s Open, Longboard Open, and Women’s Open Divisions were completed today at the Quiksilver Thailand Surf Competition 2010 being held at Kata Beach in Phuket, Thailand.
Another day of sunny skies and very little wind made for great conditions heading down to the business end of the five days of surfing competition. The swell was slightly smaller and less consistent than the previous day, but plenty of waves were on offer during most heats with some competitors even maxing out their wave count of 10 waves per 20-minute heat.
First up were the four Men’s Open Quarterfinals, followed by the Open Longboards, and then Women’s Division. Competition was completed by 2:30 pm, with the semifinals set up for the completion of the event tomorrow.
It will be an exciting end to the event tomorrow, with the morning’s action planned to start at 8:30 am with the semifinals and then finals of the surfing competition, followed by beach games, surf lessons, and a huge beach party that is open for everyone with the awards presentations, live music, and more.
Here is tomorrow’s competition lineup, which promises to be very exciting as they head down the home stretch:
Semifinal 1: Michael Anthony(AUS), Nopposit Buonchuai(THAI), Preecha Takira(Thai),Jakapan Thongnak(THAI)
Semifinal 2: Tipi Jabrik(INA), Ekarat Sriden(THAI), Mohamad Bin Mohid(Mal), Chatchai Samporn(Thai)
Semifinal 1: Yudi Andika(INA), Veeravat Kuru(THAI), Kompol Pattanatalod(THAI), Chalong Thongsuk(THAI)
Semifinal 2: Chen Lin Niu(TAI), Chalee Yeamplum(THAI), Nopposit Buonchuai(THAI), Preecha Takira(THAI)
Semifinal 1: Noosara Boonjareen(THAI), Pawinaporn Nernnilart, Sumang Pheongkong
Semifinal 2: Anchallee King(AUS), Annissa Flynn(THAI), Luisa Scarpa(THAI)
77 surfers from 10 countries (Australia, England, Hungary, Indonesia, Malaysia, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, and the USA) are competing in three divisions, Men’s Open Shortboard, Women’s Open Shortboard, and Longboard Open for a total prize purse of over 240,000 THB (approx $7,500 USD).
The Men’s Open winner will receive 50,000 THB (approx $1,500 USD), the Women’s Open winner 30,000 THB (approx $940 USD), and the Longboard winner 30,000 THB (approx $940 USD). First to fourth places in each division will receive cash, trophies and prize packs from Quiksilver and other sponsors.