The 2012 Rip Curl Pro Mentawai presented by the Mentawai Government is the first-ever professional surf contest held at world-famous Macaronis on North Pagai Island, Mentawais.
This dual sanctioned 6-star ISC/ASC event has a waiting period running from May 23 – 30, 2012. The Rip Curl Pro Mentawai is stop No. 2 of 6 on the 2012 ISC Pro Tour, and stop No. 3 of 7 on the 2012 ASC Pro Tour. The competition will feature both Men’s and Women’s Open events and a total prize purse of IDR 65 million, in addition to valuable tour points that will determine the eventual ISC and ASC champions at the end of the season.
Some of our boys from Cherating/Malaysia have been on board “The Indies Explorer” and join the competition.It was a good trip and load of good fun with the pro’s from Bali.Was really good vibe and the boys/grom experience lots of thing while being there….surf with Balines pro’s…not like back home…sand break no reef and just small surf. Macaronis is the Mentawais’ most consistent and perfect wave, breaking consistently in all tides and ridable in almost any wind conditions. It’s no wonder that Macaronis was officially voted the world’s “funnest” wave by top professional surfers in a survey conducted by Waves magazine….cut the crap and I’m not a writer or reporter and also have bad english grammar and spelling….am not a bla bla bla guy anyway….just a person love to surf and taking photo’s, so here some shot that i got during the trip…..that i can share with you guys…..
First day evening free session surf and first round heat
Hi again all,
Been receiving lots of email and phone call from oversea and domestic regarding the surf in Malaysia.Sorry to say that we are currently close and will open again the surf school later November.The surf season In Malaysia start from late October/Early November and last till March.
for your information “there no surf at the moment along the coast” and its ideal for traveller to enjoy the laid back Cherating style at the moment.As during the monsoon…the water is not calm and will be not so clear at that time…..now is the time to enjoy…the South China Sea….
To be clear you can check the Lonely Planet “Southeast asia-on a shoestring” page 447 (15th edition) ISBN 978-1-74179-233-1 published March2010 or
Lonely Planet “Malaysia,Singapore and Brunei” page 291 (11th edition) ISBN 978-1-74104-887-2 published Jan2010 (Big credit for Lonely Planet)
ZairilZainal/Aril – Cheratingpoint Admin
Enjoy Some previous shot’s at 2007 season . Location Telok Kalong Trengganu Malaysia and that the end of a great spot in Malayisa.
It seems as if we are going towards the end of Monsoon here in Malaysia. It was not a bad season at all. Late November and December were really consistent, with lots of swell….and also the Quiksilver Batu Buruk Surf competition in Kuala Terengganu and afterwards the Billabong Cherating Competition were successful. At the moment it’s flat in Cherating.
Four weeks we were away from Cherating, travelling to Thailand and spending some time in KL and it’s enough now. Good to be back here again and enjoying the laid back Cherating. Nice to have our normal Cherating breakfast at Matahari Guest house…..Sheila’s Place….with good fresh coffee beans…..sedaaaap!!!
In these few day’s was good fishing at Cherating river.Went out few days a go and had few fish….we might go out to the sea fishing also in these few days…..
A medium size Barramundi at cherating river…1.8kg and 1.4kg
For those who e-mail and call regarding the swell at the moment in Cherating….its still flat and calm.But any way there lots of stuff still can do around cherating…watching the firefly at the evening,Cruising the river….enven can go the waterfall…Chemerong water fall. about 1.5 hrs driving from cherating…..
Here for the next few days forecast…..
Forecast by www.Magicseaweed.com
it look like there slide small swell roll-in next monday…hope fully we can have the swell as the last surf for these year….who knows if we lucky enuff.For those who looking for the last surf in the season stay tune for more update.cheers..
Welcome to Cheratingpoint.com, the surf information centre at the east coast of Malaysia, the platform which is created by surfers for surfers. All information and photos are contributed by locals. Enjoy the ride…
Cheratingpoint.com provides surf packages, accommodation bookings, surfboard rental, surf lessons and guided trips to other spots in the region for every level of severity. We also offer professional photography of your personal surf experience in Malaysia, to bring back home a sweet memory. Beside that, individual packages can be arranged upon request. If you would like to have more detailed information just contact us by e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org, or give us a call +6012 933 7590 (Aril Zainal).
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Stay tuned, lots of update and enjou ya ride!! – regards Zairil Zainal
12 December 2011 – Cherating, Malaysia: In an exciting finale to the Billabong Cherating Pro 2011, Indonesia’s Raditya Rondi dominated both the relentlessly pounding South China Sea waves and his fellow finalists to take the Men’s Open Division victory yesterday at Cherating Point in East Malaysia. With this being the final event of the inaugural 2011 Asian Surfing Championship Tour season, Rondi also claims the title of first Asian Surfing Champion, a historic milestone in Asian surfing.
It was a battle not only against his competitors but also against the elements, as the further increase in swell from the previous day had the waves in the 3-4 foot range with a raging rip current making paddling against it all but impossible. After catching a wave, the surfers would usually get washed half a kilometer or more in a matter of minutes, and have to paddle in to the beach and then run back up to the point to jump in again. It was a test of strength and endurance as well as surfing ability, and after the final Rondi said jokingly, “Maybe that gave me an edge. I was the youngest guy in the finals, and maybe the most fit, so I still had some reserve power that maybe they didn’t, which got me in position to get the best waves.”
Always modest, Rondi played down the fact that he absolutely ripped apart his very first wave to post the highest single wave score of the day, 7 points out of a possible 10, which had the crowd on the beach cheering wildly. He went on to add another good score halfway through the final to clinch his hold on first place and leave the runner up spot to Teiki Balian from France, third place to Tipi Jabrik from Indonesia, and fourth place to Kuo Heng Liang of Taiwan.
Rondi was clearly ecstatic about not only his win but becoming the first ASC Champion, saying “This is a really a great moment for me, to be the first ever Asian Surfing Champion, and I’ll remember it forever. Back home in Indonesia, it was Pepen Hendrik that was the first Indonesian Surfing Champion back in 2004, and now its 2011 and I’m the first ASC Champion. I’m so stoked right now, and feel so honored.” When asked about his experience this year surfing on the ASC Tour he replied, “I’ve had so much fun, traveling to different parts of Asia, making new friends, seeing new places, and surfing fun waves. I really think it’s a great idea and really important to surfing. It gets us out of our usual places and helps us improve our surfing. I’m looking forward to next year already!”
In the Women’s Division final, it was 4-time Indonesian Women’s Surfing Champion Yasnyiar “Bonne” Gea who took the win in the final minutes over 13 year old Annissa Flynn from Thailand, who seemed to have the victory in hand until Gea scored big points for her now patented layback maneuver, her second of the final, which turned the win over to Gea. Gea also claimed her spot in history today, becoming Asia’s first Women’s Champion. “I’m so happy to both win today and to be the Asian Women’s Champion,” she said. “I hope I can be a good example for other women to follow, so we can get more girls out surfing together.”
In the Master’s Division it was Aril Zainal whose local knowledge got him the best waves and the top scores, as he seemed to know just where each section was and how to hit it for maximum points. He was clearly worn out from the effort of surfing three heats, but stoked on his victory, saying with a laugh, “I’m so tired I can barely carry my board back, and I’m so glad its over. There is no way I could go out for another heat after this!”
The Billabong Cherating Pro 2011 was a very successful event, drawing almost 70 men and women contestants from Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Japan, the Maldives, Taiwan, France, Denmark, Australia, and Switzerland to compete for cash, products, prestige, and fun in this 3 star Asian Surfing Championship sanctioned event, the 8th and last stop on the 2011 ASC tour.
Finalists in the Men’s and Women’s Divisions received cash, a Nixon watch, and Von Zipper sunglasses, and the Master’s finalists received product vouchers and the winner receiving a Nixon watch.
Billabong Asia’s Brand Manager Peter Thew was on hand to join in the fun over the weekend, and had this to say after the awards presentation: “It’s always good times for us here at Cherating, and it was exciting to come back again this year. This is a great grassroots event and with the ASC coming in this year there are a bunch of new countries seeing Malaysia surf for the first time. Hopefully we can continue to grow this event but still keep it true to its grassroots core, helping to nurture and build the Malaysian surfing community. Looking forward to coming back next year to do it again!”
The Billabong Cherating Pro 2011 was sponsored by Tourism Pahang, Satu Suku Surf, Billabong Asia, Nixon, and Von Zipper with media support from Surfersvillage.com, Lines Magazine, Thai Surfrider Magazine, SurfTime Magazine, Baliwaves.com and RVM, and sanctioned by the Asian Surfing Championship Tour.
Billabong Cherating Pro 2011 Contest Results:
Men’s Open Division
1. Raditya Rondi – Indonesia
2. Teiki Balian – France
3. Tipi Jabrik – Indonesia
4. Kuo Heng Liang – Taiwan
Women’s Open Division
1. Yasnyiar “Bonne” Gea – Indonesia
2. Annissa Flynn – Thailand
3. Hung Che Chun – Taiwan
4. Brenda Lee – Malaysia
1. Aril Zainal – Malaysia
2. Sean Gilhooley – Australia
3. Hazmin Harun – Malaysia
4. Hirano Takayuki – Japan
Encouragement Awards: Juliette Allan (France) and Samuel Chris (France) – Billabong Gift Vouchers
Best Beach Marshal – Landy Ismail (Malaysia) – Billabong Gift Voucher
Local Surfers Potential: Shahir and Ijak (Malaysia) – New Surfboards
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The goal of the Asian Surfing Championships is to grow the sport of surfing in South East Asia from the grassroots level by assisting each country in creating organized and sanctioned events that will develop the skills of their surfers in healthy competition as well as to draw attention to their area for the progression of surfing locally, nationally, and throughout the SEA area.
Organized surfing competitions have historically been the best medium for the development of surfers and for the sport of surfing. Learning how to compete fairly and to being disciplined in training and competition key assets needed not only for surfing but also for life.
The ASC will work with the local, national and multinational event sponsors and organizers to maximize the results of these competitive surfing events towards accomplishing the goals of sharing the sport of surfing and bringing positive economic, social, and environmental benefits to the people in these South East Asian countries.
With a multi-stop and multi-national surfing tour, Asian Surfing Champions will be crowned each year in multiple divisions each year including Open Men, Women, Longboard, Junior, and Master. For more see www.asiansurfingtour.com
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