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Borneo Surf Festival 2017 (17-18 Dec)

group photo during the launching of Borneo Surf Festival 2017

Sabah Surfing Association is proud to announce the third instalment of Borneo Surf Festival. This yearly anticipated event is slated to be held on it’s home ground venue at Nexus Resort & Spa Karambunai Kota Kinabalu for 2-days from Dec 17th through Dec 18th 2016 and is open to the public to attend. As with the previous years, this year the event promises an exhilarating surf competition open to local and international surfers alike.

poster of Borneo Surf Festival 2017

This year Borneo Surf Festival is presented by main sponsor Rip Curl alongside Happy Plugs and supported by The Ministry of Tourism and Culture, Tourism Malaysia and Sabah Tourism Board.

“We are extremely excited to partner with Rip Curl again this year and getting strong support from tourism agencies like MOTAC, Tourism Malaysia and Sabah Tourism Board. We are also delighted to have Happy Plugs to be a part of Borneo Surf Festival”, says Ivan Tan, the president of Sabah Surfing Association.

This year will see the event being graced yet again by Rip Curl’s PRO surfers from Bali after the success and overwhelming response from the previous event. They will be having a demonstration to impress the crowd with their surfing techniques and skills over Sabah’s very own local waves.

Apart from the competition, the public can expect many fun and family oriented activities to be enjoyed with their family and friends at The Borneo Surf Festival. Among others is Tamu Pantai bazaar that offers varieties of local sourced products and services ranging from clothing, arts and crafts, food and drinks, self-pampering and family fun
activities.

group photo during the launching of Borneo Surf Festival 2017

There will also be chill beach music performances by local talents throughout the 2 days event. Sabah Surfing Association is looking forward to a larger crowd this year seeing that there has been a healthy growth and awareness towards the local Sabah surfing scene locally and internationally fuelled by the recent acknowledgement and inclusion of surfing as part of the upcoming Olympic 2020 in Tokyo.

The Association also hope to be the catalyst to the potential of surfing a as a sustainable tourism product and growing Sabah as a surf touristic destination.

Facebook.com/BorneoSurfFestival
For more info contact:
Shafina Adly
Sabah Surfing Association Committee
Mobile: +60 12-3069977
E-mail: sshafina@gmail.com

Hastags: #BSF16 #BorneoSurfFestival #SabahSurfing

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Loro Kecil Beach, little embayment of Kudat

Mussels are abundant on the rocks at the beach

If we have a choice of our childhood, most of us would want to grow up near to a beach, which is the favorite playground for children (and a dating place when they become adult). People who born in Kudat district are lucky, because Kudat has a lot of nice beaches, besides coconut and longhouse.

Loro Kecil Beach during low tide

The pocket beach of Loro Kecil during low tide

Sunset at Loro Kecil

Sunset at Loro Kecil

In Sabah cities such as Kota Kinabalu, houses with sea view can easily cost over RM1 million. It’s really a dream home because most middle-class people only can daydream about it.

Panoramic view of Loro Kecil Beach

Panoramic view of Loro Kecil Beach

Sometimes I envy those who live in seaside village, though their place is not as prosperous and developed as big city, at least they don’t need to work their ass off to live in a sea-view apartment.

Loro Kecil Beach

Loro Kecil has the potential to be a tourism destination

Loro Kecil Village is the place like this. Actually it’s not a tourist beach. A friendly local showed me Loro Kecil Beach when I was travelling around Kudat, as the beach is only 10 KM before the Tip of Borneo and 32 KM from Kudat town (GPS: 6.973331, 116.726774, see Location Map)

Loro Kecil cove surrounded by lush hill

Loro Kecil is a cove surrounded by lush hill

Rocky shore of Loro Kecil

Rocky shore of Loro Kecil

Look at the aerial map below and you can see that Loro Kecil Beach is adjacent to Bawang Jamal Beach and Kelambu Beach, and you can have “Beach Hopping” trip to visit them all until your skin get wrinkly after swimming.

Map: Beaches of Kudat Peninsular

Map: Beaches of Kudat Peninsular

Small boat resting on the beach

Small boat resting on the beach

Morever, these three beaches have distinctly different geological features, namely, Pocket Beach (Loro Kecil), Tombolo (Kelambu Beach) and Linear Beach (Bawang Jamal Beach).

Canoe on the beach

Canoe on the beach

The hashtags (keywords) that best describe Loro Kecil are #villagelife #beach #childhood #PocketBeach #beautiful #kudat #nature #beachlife and #sea.

Kampung Loro Kecil is a fishing village

Kampung Loro Kecil is a fishing village

According to a research titled The geological heritage values and potential geotourism development of the beaches in Northern Sabah, Malaysia written by Joanes Muda:

“Beaches such as the Tanjung Simpang Mengayau (Tip of Borneo), Kulambu (Kelambu), Loro Kecil, Torongkongan and Marasimsim Beach have research, educational and recreational values and therefore have high potential for geotourism.”

Remains of World War II warship at Loro Kecil Village

Remains of World War II Japanese warship at Loro Kecil Village

The villagers say there is a Japanese warship of World War II being sunk in the sea there. They can see the shipwreck during certain monsoon period.

Engines from a World War II warship

Engines from a World War II warship

Two engines were salvaged from the wreck and placed on the beach. Hope the history and relic of this ship are preserved, to turn this beach into an interesting destination. I wonder where I can find more information about this ship. Without any story, this WW2 remnant is only as good as scrap metal.

Inlet of Loro Kecil

Inlet of Loro Kecil

Scenic embayment of Loro Kecil

Scenic embayment

Technically Loro Kecil Beach is an Embayed or Pocket Beach. During high tide, the cove is filled with sea water.

Embayed beach of Loro Kecil

Embayed beach of Loro Kecil

Large area of intertidal sandflat is exposed during low tide, where you can see thousands of small holes dug by whelks. When I walked on the sandflat, I heard continuous pop sound everywhere, probably it was the noise of whelks retreating to their burrows.

Rocky Beach of Loro Kecil

Rocky Beach of Loro Kecil

The beach is between two rocky shores with many small caves. They told me there are another two bigger caves, about 10 feet long, behind the shores.

Caves at Loro Kecil Beach

Caves at Loro Kecil Beach

Whenever I visit a place that has cave, there is always a legend saying that it’s a treasure burial site. Anyway, only bats are found in these caves, the village folks say. I bet the children there like to play hide and seek inside caves.

treasure hunting site

Some says Loro Kecil is a treasure hunting site

Honeycomb rockface

Honeycomb rockface

At the beach is a small fishing village with a dozen of houses. Most of the residents are Rungus people. They are very friendly and don’t mind stranger like me exploring around.

Interesting rock formation

Interesting rock formation

Interesting rockface at the beach

Interesting rock wall at the beach

The rocks at the shore are like art of nature and fun to look at, as they are craved into different shapes and figures by sea and wind erosion.

Rockface with China map

Did you see a China map?

Villager collecting mussels

Villager collecting mussels

Then I saw an old woman was busy beating something on the rock with a small metal rod. I’m a busybody, so I checked her out. She was collecting the flesh of mussels, which are abundant on the rocks at the beach.

Flesh of mussels

Flesh of mussels

I have a feeling that this location will become a popular homestay in future. Currently the villagers may not aware that they are living at a very unique and interesting beach.

Photos taken in Kudat, Sabah, Malaysia Borneo

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