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Surfing Thailand and the Phuket Surfing Club, is association with the Tourism Authority of Thailand is organising the “Phuket Surf Series 2018+ Khao Lak” that runs from today (June 30) to October 2018.

This falls during the annual ‘Green’ or monsoon season in Thailand’s Southern Region, when swells out of the Bay of Bengal are most consistent for both beach and reef breaks along the Andaman coast. Phuket is Thailand’s best surfing destination but is not yet on any of the international surfing tour circuits. Nonetheless, there are an estimated 300 Thai and foreign surfers in the region.

The “Phuket Surf Series 2018+ Khao Lak” will be held at Patong, Kamala, Kalim, and Surin Becahes in Phuket, as well as Pakarang Beach at Khao Lak, Phang-nga province, which will be the final event in the competition.

Ms. Kanokkittika Kritwutikon, Director of TAT Phuket Office, says: “The Phuket Surf Series 2018+ Khao Lak will further reinforce Phuket’s image as a sports destination and generate tourism revenue for the province. The event will also help encourage surfers from around Asia and overseas to visit and participate in this series of amateur surfing competitions.”

The Phuket Surf Series 2018+ Khao Lak will comprise six competitions during June to October 2018 as follows:

Pearl of the Andaman Surfing Championship 2018

30 June to 1 July, 2018, at Patong Beach, Phuket

Features four divisions: Short Board Man Open; Long Board Man Open; Short Board Women Open; and Long Board Women Open.

For more information, contact:

Mr. Decha Sithidej

Tel. +66 (0) 89 973 2161

Facebook: Dede Decha Sithidej

E-mail: daysurfer@gmail.com

 

14th Kamala Go Surfing Contest 2018

7 to 8 July, 2018, at Kamala Beach, Phuket

Comprising Open Short Board, Open Long Board, and Grom Under 14.

For more information, contact:

Mr. Aod Penmit

Tel. +66 (0) 89 866 7683

Mr. Vissanu Madsatool

Tel. +66 (0) 62 243 6953

Facebook Fanpage: Kamala Go Surfing Club

E-mail: moto_kamala@hotmail.com

 

REnextop 2018 (RAST) Asian Surfing Tour

18 to 21 July, 2018, at Patong Beach, Phuket

With four divisions: Short Board Man Open; Long Board Man Open; Short Board Women Open; and Long Board Women Open.

For more information, contact:

Mr. Chanin Aiyarak

Tel. +66 (0) 99 469 7896

E-mail: joob@surfingthailand.org

 

2nd Kalim Reef Surfing Contest 2018

3 to 5 August, 2018, at Kalim Beach, Phuket

Featuring five categories: Open Short Board; Open Long Board; Grom Under 14; Beginner; and Women Division.

For more information, contact:

Mr. Prasert Hamra

Tel. +66 (0) 64 948 3352

Mr. Santi Hasun

Tel. +66 (0) 83 107 0151

E-mail: info@kalimreefsurfers.com

Facebook Fanpage: Kalim Reef Surfers

www.kalimreefsurfers.com

 

2nd Surin Beach Surfing Contest 2018

22 to 23 September, 2018, at Surin Beach, Phuket

With three categories: Open Short Board; Open Long Board; and Grom Under 14.

For more information, contact:

Mr. Sayan Bureerak

Tel. +66 (0) 94 593 2107

Mr. Jumlong Sittichok

Tel. +66 (0) 81 270 8683

Facebook Fanpage: Surin Surfer Club

E-mail: yanb3468@gmail.com

 

4th Khao Lak Surfing Contest 2018

26 to 28 October, 2018, at Pakarang Beach, Khaolak, Phang-nga province

Also with five categories: Open Short Board; Open Long Board; Grom Under 14; Beginner Open (board cannot be over 7 foot); and Beginner Women (no board size limit).

For more information, contact:

Mr. Montree Na Takuathung

Tel. +66 (0) 86 403 6564

Facebook Fanpage: Pakarang Surf School

E-mail: ching@pakarangsurfshop.com

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Dengue fever antibodies might contribute to Thailand’s low Covid-19 count

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Antibodies from dengue fever might raise immunity against Covid-19, according to study done in Brazil. It suggests a correlation between the mosquito transmitted illness and the coronavirus, citing lower Covid-19 cases in areas with past dengue outbreaks. Thai doctor Manoon Leechawengwongs says this might be why Thailand has significantly less Covid-19 cases than other countries around the world.

Thailand has more than 100,000 dengue patients every year, he says, adding that many locals take the BCG vaccine for tuberculosis to prevent dengue. There have been 3,545 Covid-19 cases in Thailand with 59 deaths and 3,369 recoveries.

Duke University professor Miguel Nicolelis led the study and recently spoke to Reuters reporters about his findings. He says the study first focused on the spread of Covid-19 in Brazil and they came across the correlation between dengue and the coronavirus by accident. The study says areas in Brazil with high numbers of dengue infections had a low number Covid-19 cases while areas with low numbers of dengue cases had a high number of Covid-19 cases.

“This striking finding raises the intriguing possibility of an immunological cross-reactivity between dengue’s Flavivirus serotypes and SARS-CoV-2 … If proven correct, this hypothesis could mean that dengue infection or immunization with an efficacious and safe dengue vaccine could produce some level of immunological protection (against the coronavirus).”

Miguel adds past studies found that those with dengue antibodies can falsely test positive for Covid-19.

“This indicates that there is an immunological interaction between two viruses that nobody could have expected, because the two viruses are from completely different families.”

The study was posted on MedRxiv, but has not yet been peer reviewed. Manoon warns that Thai people should still abide by coronavirus prevention measures to prevent a possible second wave.

Click HERE to read the study on how dengue fever may have influenced the spread of Covid-19 in Brazil.

SOURCES: Reuters | Nation Thailand|Worldometer

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Alleged armed robber steals 5.6 million baht worth of gold from Bangkok shop

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Police are searching for a man who allegedly robbed a Bangkok gold shop at gunpoint, stealing around 5.6 million baht worth of gold ornaments. The man allegedly pointed a gun at employees, forcing them to hand over 3 trays of gold ornaments.

The Yaowarat Krungthep shop is located at the entrance of Tesco Lotus in Bangkok’s Lat Phrao district. Since the shop is near the building’s entrance, it was easy for the alleged robber to escape and drive off on a motorcycle, Chokechai police say.

The selling price for the gold ornaments are 28,350 per piece, according to the Gold Traders Association. Altogether, it’s estimated the alleged robber ran off with about 5.6 million baht worth of gold.

Police are reviewing the shop’s surveillance camera footage as well as video from outside the Tesco Lotus and nearby roads. Deputy police chief Suchart Theerasawat says they have a lead on the suspected robber, but are fact checking evidence before making an arrest.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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More rain fronts on the way around Thailand today and tomorrow

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The Thailand Meteorological Department is forecasting more isolated heavy rain over many parts of the country over the next few days.

“The monsoonal trough lies across the North, the Central, and the lower Northeast while the moderate southwest monsoon prevails over the Andaman Sea, Thailand and the Gulf. People in the risky areas should beware of severe conditions that may cause flash floods and water runoffs.”

Last night there were heavy rains and flooding in parts of the inner city. Cars were stuck in knee-deep water and footpaths were inundated in several inner city suburbs, including Phra Khanong. Phuket also had a rough night of high winds and rain. For most of Thailand, the most rainfall is accumulated in September and October making them the wettest months. However, the east coast of Southern Thailand gets the heaviest rainfall in November. Learn more about Thailand’s monsoonal weather HERE.

Bangkok and surrounding areas

Mostly cloudy with thundershowers in 60% of the areas and isolated heavy rain; temperature lows of 24-26°C, highs of 34-35°C.

North

Mostly cloudy with thundershowers in 60% of the areas and isolated heavy rain; temperature lows of 24-26 degrees Celsius and highs of 32-35°C.

Northeast

Mostly cloudy with thundershowers in 60% of the areas and isolated heavy rain; temperature lows of 24-25°C and highs of 33-34°C.

Central

Mostly cloudy with thundershowers in 70% of the areas and isolated heavy rain; temperature lows of 24-26°C, highs of 34-35°C.

East

Cloudy with thundershowers in 80% of the areas and isolated heavy to very heavy rain; temperature lows of 23-26°C, highs of 29-33°C; waves a metre high and 1-2 metres during thundershowers.

South (east coast)

Mostly cloudy with thundershowers in 60% of the areas and isolated heavy rain; temperature lows of 24-25°C, highs of 32-33°C; waves 1-2 metres high and over 2 metres during thundershowers.

South (west coast)

Mostly cloudy with thundershowers in 70% of the areas and isolated heavy rain; temperature lows of 23-25°C, highs of 30-33°C; waves 1-2 metres high and over 2 metres during thundershowers.

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