Big Wave Surfing

On the Crest of a Wave

'HATI-HATI!' I hear the Bahasa Indonesian call of caution flutter in the wind as I attempt the 'jump up' take-off that constitutes lesson number one at Surf Goddess Retreats on Bali's Seminyak beach.

Friday, 4 May, 2007, 12:00am


IT'S JUST AFTER dawn at Tai Long Wan in Sai Kung. The winter sun glints off the surface of the sea where a dozen men and women straddle their fibreglass boards about 100 metres out, waiting for the right wave.

'Surf's up,' cries Shiu Wing-yee, paddling hard to get her surfboard into position. The wave curls, the board lifts and Shiu stands on her fast-moving platform.

8 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

Surf city, SAR

CARRY A SURFBOARD on the MTR and people stare incredulously. Surfing only took hold in Hong Kong a little more than 20 years ago and swaying popular opinion takes time.

9 Dec 2000 - 12:00am

Surfing not 'banned' by council

I refer to the letters concerning surfing at Big Wave Bay Beach [in Shek O] by Matthew Riley ('Council ban on surfing not in public's interest', South China Morning Post, February 4) and Norm Innes ('So extreme', February 10).

The Big Wave Bay Beach is one of the 12 gazetted bathing beaches managed by the Urban Council, designated primarily for swimming.

3 Mar 1997 - 12:00am

So extreme

I echo the sentiments of Mathis Riley (South China Morning Post, February 4) regarding the ban on surfing in Big Wave Bay.

10 Feb 1997 - 12:00am