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Beach Fun in the Sun

LONG regarded as one of the island’s most idyllic stretches, the Batu Ferringhi beach came alive with the sounds of fun and excitement during the Penang Beach Carnival 2010.

Unperturbed by the scorching heat, revellers from all walks of life enjoyed some 20 fun-filled activities throughout the day-long carnival organised by the Penang Sports Council and held at the Golden Sands Resort beach front.

As some participants gathered for a mass Beach Aerobathon session to start the day, competitors in the fishing, kabbadi and tug-of-war contests began preparing themselves for the intense challenges that lay ahead.

Nearby, a makeshift court echoed with the sound of brightly coloured balls getting slapped around as Beach Volleyball games played by teams of two got under way.

Each winning shot was greeted by cheers from supporters lining the court.

The matches also proved a favourite hunting ground for shutterbugs participating in the Photography Competition, many patiently awaiting to get that perfect shot in their viewfinders.

Creative juices flowed freely at the Sand Castle Competition and Decorated Boats Competition, with the former witnessing eye-catching fortresses rise out of sand, while the latter promoted a cleaner, greener and harmonious Penang with its theme.

The aromatic whiffs from the Eastin Challenge Trophy Cooking Competition also caught the attention of hungry visitors.

According to state Youth, Sports, Women, Family and Community Development Committee chairman Lydia Ong Kok Fooi, an estimated 20,000 people thronged the recent event, which began at 7am and ended at 11pm.

“We want to promote more beach activities, not only for tourists but also for the people of Penang, while projecting an atmosphere of harmony with visitors of all races having fun together at the same time.

“Penang has always been a happening place, and today, we managed to bring happiness to a lot of people,” Ong said.

Over at the main stage, participants flexed their bulging muscles in the Mr Beach Carnival bodybuilding contest, their abs and torsos gleaming, much to the crowds’ delight.

At the same time, brute strength was one display in the Beach Tug of War, with teams trying to muster every ounce of strength to pull their opponents over the line and help themselves to victory.

Out on the waves, daredevils tried to impress onlookers with tricks and flips in the Skimboarding Demonstration, while further out, the Kayak and Sailing Competition served up equal doses of excitement.

The younger visitors had a fun time piecing puzzles together in the Jigsaw Puzzle Competition, and were also enthralled by the many colourful parafoils soaring freely in the skies during the Kite Flying Performance.

Also held in conjunction with the beach carnival was the Rock to Rock Run 2010, Hard Rock Hotel Penang’s 5km charity fun run that was flagged off at 7am with around 1,000 participants.

It raised a sum of RM40,000 for the Rumah Kebajikan Seri Cahaya.

The race was completed in just under an hour, with the 20 fastest males and females each walking away with a medal, while another 10 ‘best dressed’ runners earning an award each.

While some participants turned up in brightly coloured wigs and painted faces, most notable of all was the presence of ‘Superman’, and also several female runners who braved the early morning chills in just a bikini.

“We are thrilled to see the first Rock to Rock Run becoming a resounding success that exceeded our objectives,” said the hotel’s executive assistant manager Shane Coates.


Source: The Star, Monday December 27, 2010