Five countries participate in W Java surf competition

Palabuhanratu, West Java (ANTARA News) - Five countries, namely Australia, the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia as the host, are taking part in an open surf competition in Pelabuhanratu, Sukabumi district, from June 13 through 18, 2011.

The open surf competition -- to be held as a West Java provincial program-- is designed to seek and provide young surfing athletes and improve the tourism sector, particularly in the surfing area, chairman of the event`s organizing committee, Dadang Hendar, said here on Monday.

"This competition is actually set for the Asia Open, but only five countries are taking part," Dadang told Antara.

In addition to the five countries, the United States and Thailand will also enliven the surfing event, he said.

In the meantime, head of tourism, culture, youth and sports affairs of Sukabumi district Harry Mukharam expressed hope the surf competition can lure more foreign tourists to visit Sukabumi areas.

Harry Mukharam said his office will set this surf competition to become the annual event.