From left: Mr. Surachet Moongthong, General Manager of Quicksilver Thailand; Mr. Jumlong Sittichok, President of Phuket Surfing Club; Ms. Chaloemlak Kepsap, Patong Mayor; Mrs. Kanokkittika Kritwutikon, Director of TAT Phuket Office; and Mr. Chanin Aiyarak, President of Surfing Thailand, at the press conference to announce the Phuket Surf Series 2018+ Khao Lak
Phuket, 27 June, 2018 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) in collaboration with Surfing Thailand and Phuket Surfing Club is organising the “Phuket Surf Series 2018+ Khao Lak” that will run from June to October 2018.
This falls during the annual ‘Green’ or monsoon season in Thailand’s Southern Region when swells from the Bay of Bengal are most consistent for both beach and reef breaks along the Andaman coast. Phuket is Thailand’s best surfing destination but is not yet on any of the international surfing tour circuits; however, there are an estimated 300 Thai and foreign surfers in the region.
The “Phuket Surf Series 2018+ Khao Lak” will be held at Patong, Kamala, Kalim, Surin Becahes in Phuket, as well as Pakarang Beach at Khao Lak, Phang-nga province, which will be the final event in the competition.
Mrs. Kanokkittika Kritwutikon, Director of TAT Phuket Office, said: “The Phuket Surf Series 2018+ Khao Lak will further reinforce Phuket’s image as a sports destination and generate tourism revenue for the province. The event will also help encourage surfers both around Asia and overseas to visit and participate in this series of amateur surfing competitions.”
The Phuket Surf Series 2018+ Khao Lak will comprise six competitions between June to October 2018 as follows:
Pearl of the Andaman Surfing Championship 2018, 30 June to 1 July, 2018, at Patong Beach, Phuket, featuring four divisions: Short Board Man Open; Long Board Man Open; Short Board Women Open; and Long Board Women Open. Remarks: – If there are no women participants, the competition will be cancelled. For more information, contact: Mr. Decha Sithidej Tel. +66 (0) 89 973 2161 Facebook: Dede Decha Sithidej E-mail: [email protected]
14th Kamala Go Surfing Contest 2018, 7 to 8 July, 2018, at Kamala Beach, Phuket, comprising Open Short Board, Open Long Board, and Grom Under 14. For more information, contact: Mr. Aod Penmit Tel. +66 (0) 89 866 7683 Mr. Vissanu Madsatool Tel. +66 (0) 62 243 6953 Facebook Fanpage: Kamala Go Surfing Club E-mail: [email protected]
REnextop 2018 (RAST)Asian Surfing Tour, 18 to 21 July, 2018, at Patong Beach, Phuket, with four divisions: Short Board Man Open; Long Board Man Open; Short Board Women Open; and Long Board Women Open. For more information, contact: Mr. Chanin Aiyarak Tel. +66 (0) 99 469 7896 E-mail: [email protected]
2nd Kalim Reef Surfing Contest 2018, 3 to 5 August, 2018, at Kalim Beach, Phuket, featuring five categories: Open Short Board; Open Long Board; Grom Under 14; Beginner; and Women Division. Remarks: If there are less than 8 participants, the competition for that particular group will be cancelled. For more information, contact: Mr. Prasert Hamra Tel. +66 (0) 64 948 3352 Mr. Santi Hasun Tel. +66 (0) 83 107 0151 E-mail: [email protected] Facebook Fanpage: Kalim Reef Surfers www.kalimreefsurfers.com
2nd Surin Beach Surfing Contest 2018, 22 to 23 September, 2018, at Surin Beach, Phuket, with three categories: Open Short Board; Open Long Board; and Grom Under 14. For more information, contact: Mr. Sayan Bureerak Tel. +66 (0) 94 593 2107 Mr. Jumlong Sittichok Tel. +66 (0) 81 270 8683 Facebook Fanpage: Surin Surfer Club E-mail: [email protected]
4th Khao Lak Surfing Contest 2018, 26 to 28 October, 2018, at Pakarang Beach, Khaolak, Phang- nga province, also with five categories: Open Short Board; Open Long Board; Grom Under 14; Beginner Open (board cannot be over 7 foot); and Beginner Women (no board size limit). For more information, contact: Mr. Montree Na Takuathung Tel. +66 (0) 86 403 6564 Facebook Fanpage: Pakarang Surf School E-mail: [email protected]
The ‘Um Phra Dam Nam Festival’, one of the world’s most unique Buddhist festivals held annually in Phetchabun, is scheduled from 7 to 12 October at Trai Phum temple and at the pier of Bot Chanaman temple.
Translated from Thai, Um Phra Dam Nam literally means ‘diving while holding Buddha’s image’. According to local legend, the festival began when a group of fishermen failed to catch fish and took a rest on the river’s bank. Suddenly, the rapid waters occurred, and a Buddha image happened to float by. The villagers brought the image to the main temple of Phetchabun, but it then mysteriously disappeared before being found back at its original spot on the river. Hence, the locals have arranged a festival to pay respect ever since.
Now the Buddha image is brought back to the river each year so the villagers can dive into the river holding it in the hope of receiving a blessing of ‘abundance and nature’s balance’.
Normally, on day one of the festival, there will be traditional dances performed by around 2,000 dancers, most of whom are local residents and students, to show respect to the Buddha image named Phra Phuttha Maha Thammaracha. On the second day, the highlight is the Buddha image’s majestically paraded throughout the city, and dive into the river.
During the festival, there is also a humorous long boat rowing competition whereby the participants are required to row their boats upstream to win.
The agenda for this year is still to be confirmed for the latest exciting updates go to the festival’s Facebook page or TSB.MuangPhetchabun.
For more information, please contact: Municipality Office of Phetchabun www.nakornban.net Tel: +66 (0) 56-711-007, +66 (0) 56-711-013
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and Singha Corporation are jointly staging the ‘Singha Ultra-Trail Chiang Rai 2018’ as it returns for the second edition this year on 19-21 October in Chiang Rai.
This event focuses on jungle running and will have participants make their way through the jungle and for some, up Chiang Rai’s famous Doi Mae Salong mountain, with plenty of fresh air and abundant nature to enjoy. What better way to experience Thailand from a different angle, as the TAT is encouraging visitors to do with its Amazing Thailand’s ‘Open to the New Shades’ communication concept – to see the kingdom from new and existing angles.
‘Singha Ultra-Trail Chiang Rai 2018’s biggest challenge is the longest trail of 220 km that starts on 19 October at 06.00 Hrs. and which has a cut-off time of 60 hours. A 122 km run starts on 20 October at 06.00 Hrs. with a cut-off time of 36 hours, while a 66 km run also starts on the same day at 20,00 Hrs. and for which the cut-off time is 22 hours.
On 21 October a 38 km run starts at 06.00 Hrs. with a cut-off time of 10 hours, while the last race is a 20 km run starting the same day at 06.30 Hrs. with a cut-off time of six hours.
All races start and finish at Singha Park Chiang Rai. Runners will pass through many local places along their way and see the local lifestyle. The longest trail of 220/230 km rises to a mountain elevation of about 9,500 m.
Entry fees for the ‘Singha Ultra-Trail Chiang Rai 2018’ are 9,500 Baht for the 220/230 km run, 4,500 Baht for the 122 km run, 2,400 Baht for the 66 km run, 1,600 Baht for the 38 km run and 1,100 Baht for the 20 km run.
Registration is open from now until midnight on 31 August 2018, or until all places are reserved.
Participants will receive a race kit and for bib collection, baggage check and the pre-race briefing, this is on the day before the race (18 October) from 12.00 – 18.00 Hrs. – the pre-race briefing is from 17.00 – 18.00 Hrs. A shuttle service can be taken there from King Mengrai Monument in Chiang Rai city.
For more information, contact: TAT Chiang Rai Office Tel. +66 (0) 5371 7433; +66 (0) 5374 4674-5 Email: [email protected]