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Borneo Surf Festival 2015 by Rip Curl

I have been super busy in last two months and worked overtime almost every weekends to complete a few projects. Finally I can resume my regular blogging soon (yeah~). Before that, I would like to share a news. Very few people know that Sabah has good surfing locations. If you love water sport, this event is worth to check out. When you are free, just drop by and experience something new ok. ^_^

The Sabah Surfing Association is once again bringing you the Rip Curl Presents Borneo Surf Festival 2015. Nexus Resort and Spa Karambunai will again play host to the event on the 18th through to the 20th December 2015. This year strong support from Rip Curl, Oakley and Atlas Sound & Vision who are making this year’s event bigger and better.


The Surf Competition this year will be available to 56 contestants in 3 categories, the Men Open, Women Open and Under 16 Open for surfers from all over the world.


Muhammad Hj. Sulaiman eyeing the section. Photo by Charles Mawan

A new addition to the festival is Tamu Pantai (Beach Bazaar). A bazaar will feature locally made handicrafts and products to better represent the beautiful arts and craft of the state of Sabah. A stage within the bazaar will be a platform to showcase local performers and fun activities. This year the Festival hopes to attract over 2000 festival goers along with the in house guests, more than double the attendees for last year’s event.


Jeaner Alex, the winner for the men category being hosted by the other finalist. Photo by Charles Mawan

There will be surf clinics, free surf movie screening and loads of fun filled activities for the family to enjoy. And if you’re feeling a bit more generous, the Association will be running a blood donation drive with the help of Malaysian Blood Bank from the Ministry of Health Malaysia. While you’re at it, donors could register with the Association annual fee free 🙂


The crowd lined up along the sea wall. Photo by Charles Mawan

Those interested to learn more do visit our Facebook Fan Page “Rip Curl Present Borneo Surf Festival 2015” at https://www.facebook.com/Rip-Curl-Presents-Borneo-Surf-Festival-2015-1655201744719469/


For more info contact
Clarissa Nena at 012-8340109
Vendors interested contact Fina at 012-3069977

Bak Bak Beach of Kudat

Bak-Bak Beach

Kudat district at the north of Sabah has some finest beaches of Borneo. For example, Tip of Borneo (a.k.a. Tanjung Simpang Mengayau) is a popular tourist destination due to its breathtaking beach and sea view. If you ask the locals in Kudat town, they would recommend Bak Bak Beach (Local Name: Pantai Bak Bak) too, which is the nearest beach to Kudat (11 KM away to the north).

walkway of Bak-Bak Beach

panoramic photo of Bak-Bak Beach
Pic: panoramic photo of Bak-Bak Beach

Out of curiosity, my family decided to check out Bak Bak Beach last week. You will pass by the junction to Bak Bak Beach (Note the signage reads “Jalan Bak-Bak” at your right, see the location map of the junction), when you are on the way to the Tip of Borneo. After 4 KM, you will see the beautiful Bak Bak Beach (See Location Map of Bak Bak Beach).

shelter at Bak-Bak Beach

rock jetty of Bak-Bak Beach

Bak-Bak Beach

Local Chinese calls Bak Bak Beach “石码头海滩”, which means Rock Jetty. It is a rocky beach, but I didn’t see any jetty though. I read somewhere that mentions Bak Bak Beach was used to be a busy port in the past. We enjoyed the gentle sea breeze under the shades of swaying casuarina trees.

rocky beach of Bak-Bak Beach

laut di Pantai Bak-Bak

fisherman at Bak-Bak Beach

The sea water is crystal clear and shallow, and seem like you can walk all the way 100 Meters away from shore. During high tide, it is great for swimming. If you really want white sandy beach, you can continue to drive 4 KM along the road. When you come to a junction, turn to right and you will reach a deserted beach named Pasir Putih (means white sand) after 400 Meters. Pasir Putih is a more inviting spot for swimmers.

kids looking at the sea

sea of Bak-Bak Beach

rocks in the Bak-Bak Beach

leisure walk at Bak-Bak Beach

We visited the beach in Saturday noon and it was quiet, only one family hanging around with kids. We learn later that this place is only crowded with locals on Sunday. There are some hawker stalls selling delicious satay on Sunday too. I saw a toilet but it was locked, so I assume it is only open on Sunday. Well, for other days, it might be a good dating location for couple. Anyway, looking at the shelters, tables and barbecue areas, Bak Bak Beach is also a nice site for picnic.

Bak-Bak Beach of Kudat

Pantai Bak-Bak

Have you been to Bak Bak Beach? Please tell me more about it in comment section below.

Photos taken in Kudat, Sabah, Malaysia Borneo