The 8th Sunrise, SUP & Surf Competition.
For 8 years Jibes and Full Moon Village have been running the one and only Surf and SUP competition in Vietnam and we are happy to say 2018 was no exception. Surfers from around the world competed in a number of different surf disciplines resulting in a high level and fun filled competitive day for all.
This year due to weather conditions and local safety regulations there was a slight delay in the waiting period which pushed us into December, a wise decision considering the aggressive weather systems that hit on the pre-planned event days.
This years competition consisted of Men’s Surf, Female Surf and Mixed SUP, we had a great mix of competitors both local and international with a good turn out form Vietnam and Russia. Heats were run in groups of four, seeing two competitors pass through to the second heats whilst two took an early seat to watch the lead riders battle it out.
The events this year started with Men’s surfing with a total of 12 competitors. The morning swell was of a good height with just a little wind giving the early heat competitors some great opportunity to show their personal skills and style.
First heats alternated between Surf 1st heat Female Surf 1st heat and Mixed SUP 1st Heat, this gave each division similar conditions to compete in although it meant a very hard days work for some competitors entering both surf and SUP events. Veteran rider Joao in particular (1st place SUP 2017) was pushed hard throughout the day with sometimes only a 5 minute rest before he was back out on the water again biting at the heals of his rivals.
As the day drew on the wind picked up making it a challenge for all riders to pull something extra special out of their skill sets which would give them an advantage over the other riders.
The SUP event was extra special this year seeing record breaking numbers entering, all adding to the high level needed to get you through to the next and final heats. At this stage we must show great respect to Maria Stepanetc who battled hard competing against male competitors she eliminated most of the others to get herself into the final of the SUP event. The final SUP event heat saw the top 4 paddling out for their final position (Maria Stepanetc, Dimitry, Joao Vingilio and Pavel Chistyakov).
The women’s surf event was also a great success, although numbers were a little light for sure this year it was about quality over quantity. The girls took the opportunity to show their moves to excited cheers and they did not disappoint. Anna Beze, Maria Whelan and Mila Belyaeva. Scroll down to the final results for an eye opening surprise.
Before we get to the results it is with huge thanks that we must show appreciation for all our wonderful sponsors that made this event possible and adding to the prize pot something to make this event worth entering.
First we would like to thank Quoc Minh (Vietnam’s top board shaper) for giving two beautiful hand shaped boards. If ever you are looking for your very own personalized board including SUPs and Boogie boards you must contact Quoc, his work is out of this world.
Africa Surf Outlet and Ananas Surf Company also kept our winners warm with the latest designs in ponchos caps and special Africa shop outlet vouchers.
Dragon Beach made sure that not one competitor went home empty handed, some great vouchers for the winners as well as vouchers for each and every riders, so the party continued into the late hours in the hottest night spot hangout in Mui Ne.
Cana Nusa Rum and new comer to this event but with a tropical product that compliments all that is surf and beach life style.
Of course big thanks to Sea Links Golf Club, Vietnam Surf Camping, LIP sunglasses, Jibes Beach Club, Fisherman Show, Full Moon Village, Le Fruit, Hoang Khang and Clean Tech, all throwing some very valuable prizes in to the pot. As is tradition with all our events a lucky draw was held at the end of the prize giving ceremony giving all runners up a opportunity to win a premium gift making this an event never to forget.
Incredible win for Mila Blayaeva taking 1st place on the podium and knocking out all her competitors at only 11 year of age, surf world get ready for Mila she goes to make a big splash.
|1||Tran Minh Viet|
|3||Chu Din Thang|