Tourism News

Tourism News Phuketwan Tourism News
facebook recommendations

NEWS ALERTS

Sign up now for our News Alert emails and the latest breaking news plus new features.

Click to subscribe

Existing subscribers can unsubscribe here

RSS FEEDS

Wipeouts but no blackouts as surfers enjoy Phuket's Kata

Phuket Storm Blackouts, But Surfers Power On

Saturday, September 5, 2009
Phuketwan Photo Album Above

STORMS caused some blackouts on Phuket overnight, but the hope is that the Island Crown surfing title at Kata beach will go ahead without problems on Saturday and Sunday.

A good crowd and a strong field turned out on Friday for the heats. There were some striking images as riders caught waves against a backdrop of Kata's rock formations and Crab Island.

Competitors have come from Australia, Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Hawaii, and the US to see how they fare against a growing number of local surfers.

This weekend's events at Kata follow those at Kalim (June 12-14) and at Kamala (July14-16) and will conclude the Quiksilver Thailand Surf Series 2009.

Competition on Sunday will be followed by an awards party at the Kata Beach Resort, which will include a poolside fashion show, food, drinks, the presentations and one of Bangkok's hottest bands.

On the power front, blackouts were experienced in Samkong in Phuket City last night and again this morning, with powerful squally weather driving storms across the island.

A large tree collapsed on powerlines outside Vachira Public Hospital in Yaowarat Road, Phuket City, and several sections of the metal roof at the Supercheap store in Thepkasattri Road were blown down, without injuries.

Island Crown Surf Title, Kata Beach, September 4-6
Breaking News We're not sure whether the waves at Phuket's Kamala break left or right but the winners of the major surfing titles at the weekend were aged 11 and 53.
Island Crown Surf Title, Kata Beach, September 4-6

Phuketwan Latest Phuket News

'Alternative' Phuket Fest Dispels Time-Share Myths
Latest Will time share touts pester visitors to Asia's first alternative ownership conference on Phuket? Somehow we doubt it. But time share's image still needs a boost.
'Alternative' Phuket Fest Dispels Time-Share Myths

Don't Be Unfair to Phuket Expats, Thais Are Told
Latest Backing for more overseas investment on Phuket has come from the powerful Thai military with a rear admiral who also has tourism connections revealing statistics on cash sources.
Don't Be Unfair to Phuket Expats, Thais Are Told

Poachers Lose as Phuket Gains Reef Watchdogs
Photo Album Property projects on Phuket's small islands need to be controlled to prevent destruction of coral reefs and undersea environments, marine biologists say.
Poachers Lose as Phuket Gains Reef Watchdogs

Phuket Investment Drops But Bounce Predicted
Phuket Economy Investment on Phuket dipped by almost one third in the first half of the year but the second half looks more promising, latest figures reveal.
Phuket Investment Drops But Bounce Predicted

Great Holiday Job for Couples in Thailand
Latest Back in May Phuketwan suggested the Australian 'best job in the world' campaign would be great for Phuket and now Thailand's tourism chiefs have taken up the idea.
Great Holiday Job for Couples in Thailand

Governor Seeks Database of Phuket Ownership
Latest The Governor of Phuket is seeking to build a comprehensive database of property on Phuket so that future changes in ownership can be recorded.
Governor Seeks Database of Phuket Ownership

Comments

Comments have been disabled for this article.

Friday October 23, 2020
Horizon Karon Beach Resort & Spa

FOLLOW PHUKETWAN

Facebook Twitter