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Local flowboarders head to Singapore

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PHUKET: Phuket’s rising stars are set to depart our sunny shores for another installment in the new sport of flowboarding (surfing on an artificial wave) when they head to Singapore for the the final round of the Asian FlowJam series at Sentosa Island, Singapore.

Locals may know that Annissa Flynn, who won the Asian Women’s surfing trophy in 2012 when she was 14 years old, has already won the first two rounds of the FlowJam competition and will be going to see if she can make a clean sweep in the Pro Women’s category along with Fin Ratanachan, also known as BM, who will be competing in the Junior Men’s division after scoring second place in the local comp at Phuket’s own SurfHouse located at Kata Beach.

Local men’s champion Chaiyasit Sermsai, also know as “Surf”, who is now manufacturing these high-tech flowboards, will also be going to challenge his rivals in the highly competitive Pro Men’s division.

If Annissa wins the event she will be in a commanding position to take on the FlowTour flowboarding series, whose eventual winner will be invited to attend the world finals in the US.

In preparation, Annissa has been training daily with the team at the SurfHouse and hitting the Elite gymnasium in Chalong to get in top physical shape. There is a long gap in the surf season here in Phuket and she says that, “It’s great to have another thing to do in the high season.”

The next local competition scheduled is the “Pearl of the Andaman Long Board Classic” to be held on the May 24i in Kalim. Young and old alike are encouraged to get out their longboards, rub on some Gecko Glue surf wax and throw on a wide hat for the fun family-oriented event.

Proceeds from this event and the recently completed “Stand Up Paddleboard” event held in Kamala beach will go towards Phuket’s first skateboard park. The park, which is planned for Surin beach, will be constructed on land that the local OrBorJor has donated.

— Michael Flynn



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Water shut offs to hit parts of Cherng Talay for two weeks

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The Phuket Water Authority (PWA) has announced that water supply in some areas of Cherng Talay will be shut off from March 19 – 31 at ‘some times’ during the day.

Water will be shut off while work is being carried out on moving main water pipes. Areas to be affected include parts of Cherng Talay.

“Residents in these areas should save water to use during the period of the shutoffs.  Water might have some discolouration after the repairs. We will complete the works as soon as possible. We apologise for any inconvenience.”

For more information, please call the PWA at 076 319 173, 082 790 1634

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25 year old electrical contractor electrocuted in Chalong, Phuket

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A 25 year old electrical contractor has died after accidentally touching a high voltage power cabling in Chalong. Police say that the power was still connected when the man was working.

Pakasit Raksakam was working on the cabling when he accidentally touched a cable that was still live, according to fellow contractors working nearby. Rescue workers arrived on Soi Na Yai off Chao Fah West road to find co-workers attempting to revive the man. He was working six metres above the ground when the incident happened some time shortly before 2pm on Saturday.

Pakasit was rushed to to the Emergency Centre of the new Chalong Hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival. He was a contract worker with the Sapcharoen Company.

Work colleagues say that Pakasit from Thalang was an electrical contractor installing high-voltage cabling on power poles.

Chalong Police are conducting an investigation and speaking to other contractors to determine whether to press charges.

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Water shut offs to hit parts of Patong, Kata and Karon for a week

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The Phuket Water Authority (PWA) has announced that water supply in some areas of Patong, Kata and Karon will be shut off from 9am to 5pm from March 25 – 31.

Water will be shut off while work is being carried out in the repair and maintenance of the Reverse Osmosis (RO) water pumping station in Karon.

Areas to be affected include parts of Patong, Kata and Karon.

“Residents in these areas should save water to use during the period of the shutoffs.  Water might have some discolouration after the repairs. We will complete the works as soon as possible. We apologise for any inconvenience.”

For more information, please call the PWA at 076 319 173, 082 790 1634 or 1662.

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