This dangerously threatens surfing waves which were created through many, many years of environmental formation by elements of nature because the natural environment is very, very sensitive.

The earliest surfing etched in the memories of Malaysian surfers today are of surfspots from the 1990s. Reliable surfspots are a scarcity in the east coast of Malaysia. Back then, there were 2 legendary surfspots known as great, long left-hand point breaks: “Quarry”(Teluk Kalong) and Cherating. Due to human activity, Quarry now ceases to exist because the wave is now extinct. Now, the other spot is under possible threat: Cherating.

In the last 3 years, a hotel chain has been cutting down trees from the northern headland of Cherating beach directly above where Malaysia’s best known left-hander wave breaks. Regular surfers at Cherating would have witnessed the gradual environmental deterioration on the headland due to the hotel development. The bottom of the headland is the special sweet spot in which waves that travelled hundreds of miles across South China Sea, break onto our local shores for our enjoyment. It created Cherating as it is known today: the surfing capital of Malaysia. The spot is special because the beach points to the west/south west where north easterly monsoon winds are blocked by the headland, allowing the formed waves to be consistently beautiful and well shaped for surfing because the sandbanks are also perfectly lined up along the shoreline to allow a long left wave to peel. Over the years, many have acknowledged Cherating’s beautiful wave and during the monsoon, scores of people from Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and several other towns in Malaysia congregate at this once sleepy village to surf pristine peelers and indulge healthily in the utter sense of happiness that surfing in the ocean provides. Having watched the development closely since it started where most of the environmental damage remained within the headland, we are now disturbed by recent photographs of the sandbank in Cherating being dug up. When the trees in the headland were destroyed, silt flowed from the headland onto the beach where(if not controlled) it can forever change the shape of the wave over the course of time. But now, the hotel chain is directly digging into the sandbank. PLEASE STAY AWAY FROM THE SANDBANK!!!

All past/present/future surfers in Malaysia, needs to unite and take action before we lose another gorgeous surfspot like how we lost Quarry to human development. If we lose Cherating, there is no other long left point break that still breaks consistently good in the thick of the monsoon with convenient access to accommodation/food and with easy road access from Kuala Lumpur. We need to take this threat seriously and protect our only reliable surfspot in Malaysia! There is nowhere else of such surf quality, my friends.

We believe at this time that this is just a case of a lack of education on the sensitivity of the natural environment and call upon The Royale Bintang Hotels & Resorts Group to please share the environmental impact assessment to help the surfing community understand the consequences of planned development activity so close to the surfing point break. Economic activity in Cherating village used to be very low over the monsoon but due to these waves, monsoon in Cherating is now a hive of activity because these throngs of surfers from all over Singapore and Malaysia brave possible flash floods and unstable weather to make the pilgrimage to Cherating, just for a chance to surf these magnificient waves. This brings economic income in the form of tourist ringgit to the villagers of Cherating who would otherwise be without an income over the monsoon months. If the waves disappear, it would be a great loss of income to the villagers of Cherating. Has this been included in the environmental impact assessment, if any?

The threat is real as exampled in the link below where Bali lost a surfspot due to hotel development except that in Malaysia, we don’t have anywhere else in Malaysia with a wave like Cherating.…/jetty-construction-and-exte…

Please share this post and the pictures below to raise awareness and stay tuned here for further action to take. If you want to be a part of this, please message over your email address. Help prevent Cherating from being on the extinct surfspots list!

Kepada sesiapa yang biasa pergi main luncur air di Malaysia, kita sebagai surfer Malaysia perlu bersatu untuk melindungi ombak Cherating dari kemusnahan akibat kecuaian manusia atau kelakuan manusia. Mana lagi di negara kita yang ada ombak yang selalu pecah cantik macam ombak kat Cherating, tak kira apa arah angin, yang dekat kemudahan moden, senang dikunjungi dan yang mempunyai legasi paling lama dalam kesukanan surfing di Malaysia? Tolong hantar email anda kepada kalau anda nak tolong melindungi ombak Cherating sebab kita memang perlukan pertolongan anda.

To all surfers in Malaysia, we need to unite as Malaysian surfers to protect Cherating waves from destruction as a result of human negligence or human activity. Where else can we find a wave in Malaysia that breaks as beautifully as Cherating whatever wind direction, that is close to modern facilities, easily accessible and has the longest legacy in Malaysian surfing? Please send your email to if you want help protect Cherating waves because we will need your support.

Article/Text was taken from KL Surfriders Facebook page.

Let us unite and save our waves in Cherating….


We are officially closed for this season.Will Re-open November 2016

Cheratingpoint surf school team.
Cheratingpoint surf school team.

Dear Customers,

The surfing season in Cherating has ended and we’re closing our surf school for a while. Good time’s will never last long and everything’s starting will always come to an end as well! It was a really good season for us, enjoying the time with all our students! We are always trying to make sure that all students go back with a big smile on their face.

Our team would like to say thank you to everyone for visiting Cheratingpoint and we hope to see you again for the next monsoon.We are officially “closed” by now.

We will be re-open again end of October/early November 2016, for the exact date please visit our website few weeks before or just send us an email. Until then have a good time & enjoy what ever you do in Cherating or elsewhere.

“Monsoon season will be starting again late October/early November, ending Mid March”

Cheratingpoint Team.


Our last surf lesson session for the season 2015/2016 5-6th March 2016.

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Hi guys,

In the month of March can be actually the last swell for the season. What ever comes after 15th March is just a Big Bonus that will mark “the” end of monsoon season. No one can tell when is the official monsoon end, but from the experience of surfing here in Cherating since end of 90’s, early March is normally the time to say good bye to monsoon. Good times never last long and where’s a beginning there will be always an end as well!! Anyway that was our last surf session with our Surf Package students, some teachers from Terrenganu. This time once again we had the pleasure to make our customers happy by having fun to the max with the waves. They will come back to Cherating again…once the new season is starting.

“Announcing our surf school is closed this month from 15th March 2016 onwards. We will be re-open again in November 2016”

ZairilZainal – Founder Cheratingpoint surf school.


The last session for this monsoon season 2015/2016 through weekdays and weekend at our school.

1-25th Feb 2016 surf lesson session.

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Hello all,

Febuary almost come to end.The whole month of February was good, and lots of swell as well the most biggest day of the year was on this month during the Chinese New year Week.We have lots of student  every Weekend.

At the moment the swell is picking up again, look on the forecast 25thFeb 2016  gonna pick up through the weekend and will last till next week.The Monsoon started late this season and who know, might ended late as well.For those who are planning to come this weekend hopefully see you soon at the line up and safe driving.Not to late to booked your surf lesson or surf package with us here at Cheratingpoint surf school, One of the biggest surf school in Malaysia and we would be happy to share some Malaysian surf experience with you.Have a good week and as well weekend and see you soon.

ZairilZainal-Founder Cheratingpoint surf school.



30-31th January 2016 Surf lesson session


Good Morning All,

“In advance Happy chinese New Year”

Friday 5th Feb, And the swell slowly pumping and look will be a good weekend again.Now 6.30am and there’s no sign of wind at the moment and looking forward to have early morning session.Grind and boil some fresh coffee and again thank’s to Mr Marko Dylan for supplying new badge of Coffee bean’s.Nothing can beat this having fresh grinded coffee in Cherating.Well it’s weekend again and look like quite busy again this week.

Wave is pumping and looking good through the weekend.Will last till next week and to bad we will closed our operation Few days on 12th-14th February 2016 due to “Trengganu Surfing cup 2016″ Most of our instructor will be entering the competition and we are fully support this event. Sorry guys we dint make it to Tioman surfing competition due there’s lots of student and surf packages on that weekend.Who ever already did the booking on that day, theres stand by instructor will take care for the weekend.

Fuhh to much bla-ha-ha…and it’s not my” cup of tea” For those coming today /this weekend ….looking forward to have you guys here at our surf school and safe journey here.

This few shot’s from our last weekend 30-31th Feb lesson session.Enjoy it guys and was a pleasure having you guys here.Have a good weekend and “happy chinese new year” and good surf see you at the line-up.Monsoon not gonna last long.

ZairilZainal-Founder cheratingpoint surf school est 2008

Some shot’s for our student surf session.


Trengganu Surfing Cup 2016, 12-14th Feb 2016



‘Dont forget soon,
12-14 Februari 2016,
Terengganu Surfing Cup 2016,
Pantai Batu Burok,Kuala Terengganu.
*Special Guest : Mega Semadhi (Indonesia Pro Surfer)

“Terengganu Surfing Cup 2016”
1.Mens open
1st place rm1000+goodies
2nd place rm700+goodies
3rd place rm500+goodies
4th place rm300+goodies

2.Womens open
1st place rm500+goodies
2nd place rm300+goodies
3rd place rm200+goodies
4th place rm100+goodies

3.Master Division
1st place rm500+goodies
2nd place rm300+goodies
3rd place rm200+goodies
4th place rm100+goodies

4.Bodyboard Division
1st place rm500+goodies
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5.Longboard Division
1st place rm500+goodies
2nd place rm300+goodies
3rd place rm200+goodies
4th place rm100+goodies


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23-24th January 2016 weekend’s Surf lesson session


Good Morning all,

The new swell has been in since last sunday and it looks like as if it  gonna last till the weekend. The peak was on Monday/Tuesday and it was a really good session with strong current during those days. Today it dropped a bit but it will be still good for beginners to learn during this weekend. At the same time there’s a surf competition at Tioman Island so Cheratingpoint will be empty as most of the guys and fella’s are going for the surf competition. If you have time just head down to Juara Tioman and have a look.

As for today it’s friday again and some of our students already arrived yesterday. Really good they had an exclusive session this morning and you can check it out on our Instagram! For those who are coming for their surf packages and single surf lessons, have a safe journey and see you tomorrow morning in class.

Monsoon Season not gonna last that long anymore, so book your surf packages and lessons with us! Cheratingpoint – the biggest surf school in Malaysia! We are looking forward to welcome you and cater to your needs. Just send us an Email at

Zairil Zainal – Founder Cheratingpoint surf school


Some action shot for our Surf Package Student.

9-10th January 2016 weekend’s Surf lesson session

Previous weekend group from Kuala Lumpur 15 Pax
Previous weekend group from Kuala Lumpur 15 Pax

Good Morning all,

It’s again Saturday.Well was a kind of relax week here in Cherating.The previous swell last long and was fun.The 9-10 weekend was kind of beginner day’s and all the student were happy at the end of the days.At the moment we are in between swell and this weekend seem look like as well wave’s just for the beginner.looking from the forecast new swell will roll in in between wed/thursday the following week.Look like solid ground swell will be in the next few days. “Monsoon season will not last long any more.” and Not to late to enrol with us at cheratingpoint surf school.Where our surf instructor will make sure you heading home with a big smile on your face!! Here some shot’s form the previous surf lesson session last weekend.

See you guys at the line up and happy weekend!

ZairilZainal – Founder Cheratingpoint surf school.


1-3rd January 2016 New year weekend’s Surf lesson session


Good Morning all,

It’s already Thursday middle of the week and the next weekend is already around the corner again! The entire New Year weekend was busy again for us here at Cheratingpoint surf school. We had students from KL, expats from France, Singaporeans, a Korean family with their kids, a Japanese family and some longterm customers. The swell lasted all over the festive season of Christmas and New Year and so everybody, our instructors as well as the students, were happy and satisfied. The monsoon rain didn’t show up again during these days and so we had sunny hot days on the beach. Unique raining season where you really have to take care of any sunburns! Since last Monday the swell took a break and also the local surfers and our instructors had a chill out week. But as it looks like we will be blessed with the next waves by tomorrow! So please come over and join us for your personal surfing experience…

Have a safe journey for whom heading here and see you at the Line-up!

ZairilZainal – Founder Cheratingpoint surf school.



Session Before the New Year Weekend.

During the New Year surf Session

After New year session


26-27th December 2015 week/weekend X-max surf lesson session.

Didaqt one of cheratingpoint instructor during Christmas Morning session
Didaqt one of Cheratingpoint instructor during Christmas Morning session

Good morning to all,

2015 is about to end and we hope all our customers had a good one & are looking forward positively to a new one ahead! It was a really good year for us at Cheratingpoint surf School. The number of our students is meanwhile increasing every year. Big thank’s to the “Cherating boys – our surf instructors” who are giving 200% of their effort to teach all our students in a satisfying way, who come here to experience the Malaysian surfing scene.

The current swell is picking up now everyday and during the New Year’s celebration we are expecting a lot of surfers in the village throughout the weekend.

Thank’s to everyone for the support & we hope to see a lot of our students next year again, continuing to practise their surfing skills.

So there’s only left to say…Happy New Year to everyone! Have fun and respect each other in and outside the water! Cheers to 2016…

ZairilZainal – Founder Cheratingpoint Surf school EST since 2008.


Weekday’s Before Christmas weekend surf session with our student.

Christmas Weekend’s Surf session with our Student.