Wave Hello to the 2020 Tioman Surf Festival!
You’ve heard of surf festivals; you’ve heard of Pulau Tioman; now, get ready for Tioman Surf Festival 2020!
A Brief History about Tioman Surf Festival
The person responsible for coming up with the Tioman Surf Festival is a local surfing enthusiast by the name of Hisham Uyub. Hisham started the Tioman Surf Festival a few years ago to let people know that the monsoon is no reason why people shouldn’t be visiting Kampung Juara in Tioman Island. Over the years, the festival has kept growing, and now it is a three to four-day annual event that hosts not only the surfing competition and various fun programmes for the whole family; it is also an island appreciation programme with surfing as its mainstay accompanied by presentations by local government environmental organisations.
The Tioman Surf Festival is held annually at Kampung Juara, or Juara Village. It is the only village on Tioman’s east coast, and to get there one must take the ferry to Tekek Village before getting to Juara Village by taxi in a 30-minute cross-jungle drive. Some of the more adventurous, however, can opt for a 3-hour hike. Once you get there, however, you will be amazed by its beauty; the beach at Juara was even ranked 21st in CNN’s 100 best beaches around the world.
The main activity is the surfing competition which sees participants from all around the world, such as the Maldives, France, and the United States of America. As this is set during the middle of the monsoon season, the waves from the South China Sea during this time are particularly conducive for surfing. Hence, this is the perfect time for surfing activities to take place. Past winners of the surfing competition have included many people from different nationalities. There will be six categories for the surfing competition.
Apart from surfing, the festival also features culturally enriched activities for non-surfers such as live music, beach games, local food tasting, and even rock climbing. In particular, there will be a focus on conservation efforts and the environment, so a beach cleanup workshop and some exercises would be conducted. There will also be traditional local merchandise for sale as souvenirs. Thus, everybody gets to have a good time at the festival even if they do not surf.
Looking for a place to stay in Juara itself isn’t an issue, as there are a number of hotels and resorts in the village catering to tourists who are there for hiking or surfing.
The Tioman Surf Festival 2020 will be held this year from 31 January to 2 February 2020. For more information on the festival as well as information on transport and accommodation, you can refer to the Tioman Surf Festival website.
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