Crikey! Aussie Surfs Benak

First there was Benak, Then There was Ian Hockiy

As the organiser of Pesta Benak 2011 gets into gear into organising the Tidal Bore Festival (or popularly known as Pesta Benak) someone walked up to our office and requested that he would like to try to surf the benak. It was one of the many surprises. There had been instances that I had been asked the questions especially with the planned arrival of four surfers from France who are set to surf the benak. 'Don't you have anyone from Australia?' was the question asked of me. Its a land where the toughest surfers come from. Don't anyone has the courage of the late Steve Irwin, who fears no crocodile, snakes and other creatures that rules Batang Lupar. Thus the news that Mr. Ian Hockiy from New South Wales Australia really delighted me. Though I was far away in Kuala Lumpur on the day that he was planning to surf the benak at Batang Lupar River, Sri Aman, I gave instructions to my able staff, Encik Mohd. Ellfizan to record Mr. Ian's attempt. He knows what I expect from the videos and photos and thus the video (after editting and putting in the appropriate music) is posted below as part of our Pesta Benak 2011 Promotion. The additional surprise was that he is a veteran surfer, being 57 years old, having started this sports since he was 11. Now that this is something exciting to know as being a government servant I have this idea that I will be retiring at 56 and wondering what best I can do to fill my time. 

To Mr. Ian, I'll say well done mate! Thanks to Mr. Ellfizan for capturing the necessary video show to allow us to share this wonderful surf video of the Sri Aman Benak, Batang Lupar's very own tidal bore which has attracted an Aussie surfer to join the rank of surf elites of Batang Lupar.

The late Steve Irwin used to say "I have a message for my fans. Whatever you want to do in this world, it is achievable. The most important thing that I've found, that perhaps you could use, is be passionate and enthusiastic in the direction that you choose in life, and you'll be a winner." ---Crikey! What an Adventure on Animal Planet, 2007"

Now back to the question of what I plan to do after I retire at 56.......yes....I will continue to watch the benak if the opportunity arises. the only surfing I plan to do will be at Sunway Lagoon Water Theme Park. On benak Surfing. I will encourage those who wish to surf it to do so. Cheers.