Six local surfers representing the Surfing Association of the Brunei Darussalam Yachting Association (BDYA) will compete at the Rip Curl Borneo Surf Festival 2019 in Sabah this weekend.
The event starts today until tomorrow at Kosuhui Beach, Tanjung Simpang Mengayau, Kudat.
BDYA’s male surfers Muhammad Nur Aizuddin Ramli, Ifbnu Wafy bin Samsudin, Ahmad Adry bin Kula and Azizi Tamam will compete in the Men’s Short Board Open category, while Muhammad Scaedy bin Abdullah Ahis will compete in the Masters Short Board Open category. One female surfer Syafina Hadzid will compete in the Women’s Short Board Open category.
Meanwhile, Vice President for Surfing in BDYA Han Tuon Siew has been invited to become one of the judges for the event alongside two qualified International Surfing Association (ISA) judges and other judges from Malaysia.
In preparation for the event, the team have been riding the waves everyday since the swell arrived in Brunei’s shores this monsoon season.
When the swells are good, they stayed in the water from as early as 5.30am at Tungku Beach, Berakas Beach and Tanjung Batu.
Syafina is among the few female surfers in Brunei. She started surfing two years ago and the Sabah meet will be her first competition since joining BDYA. She hopes to gain more experience from the competition.
“I love surfing, the culture and lifestyle. Definitely humbled to learn among the boys and the surfers from other countries,” she told the Weekend Bulletin.
Surfing has the potential to be developed in Brunei as the water sport is gaining popularity with the locals. The event hopes to be a platform for Brunei to show their talents in surfing.
More than 40 international surfers will compete during the two-day event which features exciting surf competition categories comprising Men’s Open, Masters (above 35 years) and Grom (under 16 years).
The fifth series of Borneo Surf Festival is hailed as the most awaited tidal wave festival in Sabah.