Connect with us


Thai wins country’s first surfing contest



Thai wins country’s first surfing contest | Thaiger

KATA BEACH: Chalong Tonaus, 24, is no longer just a lad from Phitsanulok working as a beach boy in Patong. On Sunday, he became the first surfing champion in Thailand. Chalong was elated by his victory over some 50 other surfers in the Quicksilver Phuket Surfing Contest, organised by Aloha Surf Sports in cooperation with the Tourist Authority of Thailand and the Kata-Karon Municipality. “I’m glad they organized this contest so that I could compete against others,” said Chalong. “I’ve been surfing for four years in Patong and Kata. This contest gave me the chance to show what I am good at.” He won a custom-made surfboard from sponsor Quicksilver. Another surfboard winner was pint-sized 10-year-old Simon De Maria from Australia, who has lived in Thailand since he was four. The boy won 10th place, and the hearts of a large audience on the beach. His eyes watered when he heard that he was going to get a custom-made board of his own, shaped by Australian surfing legend Kim Thompson, plus a year’s supply of custom-made Quicksilver clothes. Second and third places in the contest went to Mick Robinson and Bill Scholek. Australian Laurie Thompson also had a good day. He took 5th place, while his 14-year-old daughter Patchula placed 15th, winning one of two ‘Outstanding Surfer’ awards. The other went to Lucas Du Toit, 8, from South Africa. Each received 2,000 baht. In the AXE Longboard Paddle Contest, Simon Howatson survived three rounds of hard paddling to win convincingly. The Australian, who has lived in Phuket for three years and surfs at Nai Harn, also placed 9th in the surfing contest. Of the paddle contest, he said, “I was worried before the start, but I realized that once you are in front, you stay in front because it is difficult to go past people on the long board.” He won 10,000 baht for his efforts. Second was Somkid Keanan, followed by Mick Robinson and Weerapong Tonghong. Event director Kim Thompson said, “We hope this contest will help to advertise Phuket as a surfing location, and that people will come here with their surfboards. Perhaps the success of this event will help in the development of the sport in Thailand.” The event’s sponsors were Quicksilver, AXE, the TAT, Reef and Oakley.


Get more from The Thaiger

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Click to comment

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Thailand3 mins ago

Truck overturns carrying 2,560 crates of beer in central Thailand

Tourism23 mins ago

Bangkok’s most famous gruesome museum

Thailand29 mins ago

Driver surrenders to police after hit-and-run in Pattaya

Sponsored1 day ago

Challenges of starting a business in Thailand as a foreigner

Tourism53 mins ago

Thai immigration reports over 900,000 tourists in Phuket since May

Coronavirus World59 mins ago

UK summons Chinese ambassador after BBC journalist arrested covering Covid protests

Thailand1 hour ago

Qatar officials insist camel beauty contestants are cosmetic surgery free

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Press Room1 hour ago

Blue Tree FREE DJ Warm-up Weekend to be held on Saturday the 10th and Sunday the 11th of December

World2 hours ago

Iranian Kurdish footballer released from jail

Hot News2 hours ago

Stock market share trades to be taxed in Thailand after being exempt for past 30 years

Press Room2 hours ago

CBD nutraceuticals market emerging in Thailand and globally

Thailand2 hours ago

Angry Thai man condemns foreigner for not wearing a mask on BTS | GMT

Crime2 hours ago

Police seize 400 million baht in assets from shady group of Chinese businessmen

Singapore3 hours ago

Singapore decriminalises sex between men while halting legalisation of same-sex marriage

Thailand17 hours ago

Unhinged gunman fires 18 shots into school because kids were too noisy

Thailand17 hours ago

Thailand News Today | Raid finds all monks on drugs in Phetchabun temple

Thailand1 year ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism2 years ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11