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Phuket Sports: ASC’s final ride at Quiksilver Open Phuket

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PHUKET: The Quiksilver Open surf contest is back in town with surfers streaming in from all over the world. Patong Beach, the most popular in Phuket, will host professional surfers from all over Asia, from Wednesday to Sunday.

This year’s tournament has been upgraded to a 6-Star, dual-sanctioned competition and Asian surfers are expected to turn out in force. They will be hoping to earn valuable championship points on both the Asian Surfing Championship (ASC) and Coca-Cola Indonesian Surfing Championship circuits.

Especially noteworthy is the fact that the Quiksilver Open Phuket is the final stop of the ASC circuit, which means the 2012 ASC champions will be crowned on Sunday.

Last year’s winner Raditya Rondi, from Indonesia, has a strong hold on first place in the rankings with 8,000 points, so a strong result will see him crowned the 2012 ASC Men’s Champion for the second consecutive year.

“I’m really looking forward to coming back to Phuket,” said Raditya. “Not only because it’s such a fun place to go, but [because] the event has [more] prize money and I’ll be able to get points for the ASC and the ISC. With the ASC championship on the line, all the crowd watching on the beach, and the waves being similar to my home break of Kuta Beach, I’m going to go all out and try my best to repeat an event and championship win.”

In the ASC Women’s Division, Phuket’s own Annissa Flynn is currently sitting in the #1 spot with 5,850 points. She only needs to finish ahead of last year’s ASC Women’s Champion Yasnyiar “Bonne” Gea from Indonesia to capture the 2012 ASC Women’s title.

Current ASC Master’s champion and Patong Beach local Decha Sithidej will no doubt pull out all the stops to ensure a podium finish so he can raise the ASC Master’s trophy in front of his family and friends.

It remains to be seen if Indonesia’s ace longboarder Arif “Mencos” Nurhidayat can defend his 2011 ASC Longboard title against Luke Landrigan of the Philippines.

Quiksilver parties – the stuff of local legend – will be all fun and games, but out in the water the competition promises to be hot and heavy, as Asia’s best surfers battle it out for more than 300,000 baht in prizes and a spot on the podium.

A star attraction of this year’s event will be current five-time ASP Women’s World Champion Stephanie Gilmore, who will be at the beach during the event to meet and greet fans and surf in a few expression sessions, which won’t count towards the competition.

Quiksilver Thailand’s General Manager Surached Munghtong said, “This event is to promote the sport of surfing among the general public here and encourage Thai surfers to improve their skills by participating in international events.”

The competition will be held at the north end of Patong Beach, where sandy-bottom beach breaks offer a variety of wave options, according to the swell conditions. If a sizable swell should arrive during the competition, Kalim Beach will be used. Kalim has a right hand reef break that can produce 100-meter long rides at an optimum 3-4 feet.

This week’s swell forecast looks to be on the smaller side, despite last weekend’s waves. If the swell stays smaller as predicted, it may give local competitors the edge they need.

Holly Monkman, Quiksilver’s Marketing Executive for Southeast Asia said, “The growth of surfing in Thailand since our first event here four years ago is amazing, and is testament to the importance of the ASC to the surfing industry in developing the sport throughout the Asian region.”

For those interested in entering the competition, registration will begin at the north end of Patong beach Wednesday morning. For more information, contact Surached Munghtong at surached@quiksilver.in.th.

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Southern Thailand braces for rough weather and rain

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The Thailand Meteorological Department issued a weather warning for southern Thailand with torrential rain forecast to hit the region throughout the weekend. The heavy monsoon over the Gulf of Thailand and south of the country is being blamed for the rough weather, with the TMD predicting flash flooding in many areas.

(Phuket, Hat Yai and Hua Hin’s forecast below)

“Waves are expected to reach 2 metres in height in the lower Gulf of Thailand and possibly higher at the height of the storm. Ships are advised to proceed with caution.”

For the north and northeast of Thailand, the TMD forecasts strong winds and cooler mornings as the arrival of the “winter” season, coupled with a moderate high-pressure system, causes temperatures to dip.

Hua Hin’s five day forecast

Southern Thailand braces for rough weather and rain | News by The Thaiger

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Southern Thailand braces for rough weather and rain | News by The Thaiger

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SOURCE: The Nation | weather.com

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Now you see him, now you don’t… Patong Police hunt foreigner over $30k theft

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Patong Police have yet to develop any tangible leads tracking down a foreigner who made off with US$30,000 in cash from a currency exchange booth in Kalim, north of Patong in Phuket, last Tuesday.

The man is about 168 centimetres tall with grey hair and around 60 years old, Patong police told The Phuket News.

“We have no clue what nationality he is.”

He was last seen at the currency exchange booth wearing a purple polo shirt, blue jeans and black cap. Police have checked hotels in the area, police stations across the island and Phuket Immigration, but have yet to join the dots and come up with firm leads.

“Investigators have checked CCTV in the area and collected what evidence we have but we still do not know the man’s name or where he was staying.”

The man had visited the booth several times before Tuesday, when he disappeared with the $30,000 in US banknotes, according to police.

“It was always small amounts”, he added, noting that the amounts didn’t warrant staff at the exchange booth to check the man’s passport before making the exchange.

The man arrived at the booth again at about 1pm on Tuesday, saying that he had 900,000 baht cash to exchange.

SOURCE: The Phuket News

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Mystery surrounds security guard found dead in his Phuket room

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The security guard of a hotel in Nai Yang, northern Phuket, 52 year old Yingyot Butsabong, from Maha Sarakham province, was found dead yesterday (October 16) in his room. Police remain mystified how the man came to grief.

A woman named Supattra received a call from the hotel he worked at and was informed that he didn’t show up at work yesterday, so she went to his apartment to check on him.

She saw that his room was locked from the inside, so used the key she had in her possession to open the room and found Yingyot laying on the floor, face down. She thought he was just sleeping so she tried to wake him up but once she flipped him, she found that he already passed away.

She immediately called Saku police, and once on the scene, police found that there was some blood on the floor. The man had a 2 centimetre wound on his left eyebrow which was deep into his skull. There was also a wound on his chin about 1 centimetre long and about a centimetre deep. His left eye had a bruise which looked like he was attacked by a hard object.

Police report that he had been dead for around four hours in the room.

The room was not ransacked and there was no sign of fighting or theft. His body has been sent to Thalang Hospital for a detailed autopsy and to look into the cause of death.

SOURCE: Phuket Hot News

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