| Khairil Hassan |
THE Collective Art Events and Empat Co yesterday hosted a Surf/Art event at the Tungku Beach.
The event was launched by the President of Brunei Darussalam Yachting Association Dato Paduka Haji Idris bin Haji Abas.
Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Awang Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin applauded the event, which helped create awareness in introducing water sports and its safety in Brunei Darussalam.
“I find that the event is a success and was surprised to see that most of the vendors are relatively new and are thinking out of the box, which shows a good sign in promoting young entrepreneurs,” the minister said.
The President of Brunei Darussalam Yachting Association said the association welcomes surfing as one of the sports to be recognised and competed in Brunei. He also praised the event organisers for doing such activity.
“Usually booths are set up at the capital for the Bandarku Ceria, and we are doing the same here at the beach, which is good as we are here to promote the beach and water sports that have potential for future international meets.”
Izzi Syazwi bin Haji Ali Othman of Empat Co commented that the main objective of the event is to get more people to get out into the waters.
“Being a surfer is not only being an athlete. Naturally they become connected to the water and the surroundings, and they wouldn’t want to swim in dirty waters. With that, surfers will come to beaches and clean them up,” he said.
“We want to find the best surfers to represent Brunei for the 2019 SEA Games.”
Meanwhile, Shinny from The Collective Art Events said that the event also aimed to support different causes.
“We have surfing competition, surfing clinic, water safety with the Beach Bunch and Poni Divers with their CPR training and environmental protection with BruWild, promoting awareness in protecting our beaches and marine wildlife as well as supporting local MSME businesses,” she said.