King Of The Point Surf Contest @ Cherating Beach

Text Muna Noor
Images Quiksilver / Roxy and Muna Noor

We were expecting to have to paddle our way to the east coast, but the only natural disaster we were in danger of was a nasty sunburn. A mere 3 hours from the torrential downpours that plagued KL at year end, clear blue skies, searing heat and laid back East Coast charm provided the backdrop for 3 days of surfing and bodyboarding.

For budding enthusiasts, Cherating Beach is paradise, with long open stretches of sand and medium size waves that beginners can take to with gusto. It proved little challenge to the many of the local boys who wiped the competition clean. Organized by Satu Suku Surf School and officially endorsed by Tourism Malaysia Pahang, with prizes sponsored by Quiksilver Malaysia, surfers and bodyboarders from as far as far away as Singapore, Japan, Australia and even UK and Egypt took to the sea, and with categories for the girls and grommets (under 16s) there was more camaraderie than competition despite having Quiksilver pro-surfer Dylan Amar from Bali on the judging panel.

With the Quiksilver Revolution 2.0 event at Sunway Lagoon Wave Pool wrapped up by the time you read this, we still reckon there’s nothing like waking up to banana pancakes, Bob Marley tunes and an empty beach to kick start a new hobby for the new year.

The King of the Point 2007 Contest took to the South China Sea surf of Cherating Beach from 28 to 30 December. This report was published in the February 2008 issue of JUICE.