Surfing was first introduced in 2015 at the Ngwe Saung Yacht Club & Resort where the Myanmar Wave Rider Cup was hosted with over 30 athletes from 10 countries participated. Since then, the sport has been growing gradually with more local surfers from Bugwe Village joining the ranks of the team. A great milestone was achieved this year as Surf Association of Myanmar was established and recognized by the Ministry of Sports as well as the International Surfing Association, the world governing authority for surfing.  

Surf Association of Myanmar (SAM) has organized the first Surf & SUP National Championships on May 2019 with 6 international countries registered and over 40 participants took part. Two members from SAM has attended an International Judging and Officiating Course in June to gain certification to qualify as sublevel judges for the competitions. Presently, the National team with 7 athletes and a Hungarian coach is training at a camp in Balangan, Bali, Indonesia – starting from 31st July to 28th September 2019. The athletes have also informed that they will be continuing their practice at Ngwe Saung beach from 1st October to participate in the 30th SEA Games that will be held in the Philippines this December. 

Thwe Thwe Soe, or Nida according to her friends, the only female athlete on the National team and the most experienced surfer will be taking part in the biggest international competition in her vocation. Since 2015, she has surfed at 7 beaches in California, 9 beaches in Indonesia and Ngwe Saung beach in Myanmar being the most current spot before she finally competes in the SEA GAMES. Min Ye Kyaw gets in touch with her to discuss about the preparations and métier for the upcoming event.

Born and raised in Yangon, Nida has always loved sports since a very young age. She used to run around her house as fast as she could just to see how many laps she can do before her body almost collapsed. Not a ‘less stress, more success’ player, she paddles her limits in the ocean.

Thwe Thwe Soe at Ngwe Saung beach. (Photo: Phone Kyaw Moe Myint)

“The first time I surfed, I cried. I was completely clueless about how it works. I totally sucked,” she giggled.

Bulletproof, she urged herself to catch her first wave and when she did, she was Hooked on a Feeling! An Adrenaline rush through her veins, as her body realizes its size compared to the colossal ocean.

With a smile, she admits, “I’m thrilled that we, human beings, can do this.” 

Thwe Thwe Soe (Photo: Phone Kyaw Moe Myint)

Nida has officially joined the National team on May 2019 after the National Surf Competition. With her first board, Second hand 5ʼ6” Super Brand Fish board, she has also practiced with her friend Robby, recently hired as a coach of the National team, around 5-7 hours almost every day for two months in California, and now, Bali.

Every day, they would push each other in and out of the water along with two coaches and team manager who film their records. In the evenings they would go over the clips again to see where can they improve. 

“The boys push me out of my comfort zone. They push me to surf bigger waves that I normally would not if I was by myself. Being the oldest ones in the team with the most experience, I cannot be a wuss in front of them,” she talked about preparations for the SEA GAMES.

“All of us look like Blackie Chan now,” she added and laughed.

Grabbing a Super deluxe Baja fish burrito and a large ice cold coke after surfing would refill her energy, yet she misses her favorite spot in Latigo Beach, Malibu, CA where she used to see the beautiful sunset with her friend after a long day.

Sunset in Bali. (Photo: Phone Kyaw Moe Myint)

“The sky turns pink and so does the water, you look around and it’s so beautiful you have to pinch yourself to see if this is real,” Nida recalls.

Her advice, to those who would love to pursue their dream of surfing, is to meditate which also helps her a lot to stay calm in every situation. Hence the ocean can be a scary place sometimes, and it is not always sunshine and rainbows in surfing. So in advance, she pointed out a few tips; respect the ocean, find the waves that are suitable for your level just in case to avoid unnecessary encounters and most importantly, learn to have fun whereas surfing is not supposed to be an extensive sport.

“Yes, try-hard, be competitive, stay positive, and never forget to surf with style,” she agreed.

Watch the clip below to see their trainings in Bali, right now.

Myanmar Surf Team

(English Version Below)Myanmar Surf Team ဘာလီမွာ ေလ့က်င့္ေနတာ ရက္သတၱပတ္ (၄) ပတ္ရွိေနပါၿပီ။ ကၽြန္ေတာ္တို႔ အားကစားသမားေတြ ယခင္ကထက္ႏွစ္ဆ ပိုၿပီးတိုးတက္လာတာကို ကၽြန္ေတာ္တို႔ေတြ႔ျမင္ေနရပါတယ္။ ငြေဆာင္ကမ္းေျခမွာ training ကို (၂) ႏွစ္ၾကာျပဳလုပ္ခဲ့တဲ့အတြက္ ဒီအားကစားရဲ႕ အေျခခံသေဘာ တရားေတြကို နားလည္ထားၿပီးျဖစ္ေပမဲ့လည္း ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံကလႈိင္းလံုးေတြက ဘာလီမွာရွိတဲ့ လႈိင္းဘီလူးႀကီး ေတြနဲ႔ေတာ့ ႏႈိင္းယွဥ္လို႔မရပါဘူး။ကၽြန္ေတာ္တို႔အဖြဲ႔က ဒီဧရာမလႈိင္းလံုးႀကီးေတြေပၚမွာ လႈိင္းစီးဖို႔ ေၾကာက္ရြံံ႕ေနမႈမ်ားကို ေက်ာ္လႊားႏိုင္ခဲ့ၿပီး၊ တစ္ေန႔ထက္တစ္ေန႔ ပိုမိုတိုးတက္လာခဲ့ၾကပါတယ္။ ေလ့က်င့္ခ်ိန္တစ္လအတြင္း ဒီလိုတိုးတက္လာခဲ့တာကို နည္းျပမ်ားသာမက ေဒသခံ surfer မ်ားကပါ ခ်ီးက်ဴးေနၾကပါတယ္။အားကစားသမားေတြအေနနဲ႔ သူတို႔ရဲ႕မိသားစု၊ အခ်ိန္၊ ပညာေရး၊ အလုပ္အကိုင္ စတဲ့ အရာမ်ားစြာကို ၿပိဳင္ပြဲ၀င္ဖို႔အတြက္ စြန္႔လႊတ္ထားၾကၿပီး ဒီေနရာမွာ ပင္ပင္ပန္းပန္း training လုပ္ေနၾကတာျဖစ္ပါတယ္။ ေက်ာင္းသားမ်ားက ေက်ာင္းတက္ခ်ိန္ေတြ ပ်က္ကြက္ၾကရတယ္၊ အလုပ္ရွိသူမ်ားကလည္း သူတို႔အလုပ္ကေနလစာမဲ့ခြင့္ယူၾကၿပီးေတာ့ ဒီ training camp မွာ လာေရာက္ ေလ့က်င့္ေနၾကတာပါ။အဖြဲ႔ခ်ဳပ္နဲ႔ Sponsors မ်ားရဲ႕ အဓိကေထာက္ပံ့မႈျဖင့္သာ SEA Games မွာ ႏိုင္င့ံကိုယ္စားျပဳ ၀င္ေရာက္ယွဥ္ၿပိဳင္ႏိုင္ရန္ ေလ့က်င့္ခ်ိန္မ်ားစြာ လုပ္ေဆာင္ေနၾကတာပဲျဖစ္ပါတယ္။ ဒီအားကစားဟာဆိုရင္ ကမာၻမွာနာမည္ႀကီးေနေပမဲ့ ကၽြန္ေတာ္တို႔ ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံမွာကေတာ့ ဒီႏွစ္ပိုင္းမွာမွ စတင္ေမြးဖြားလာတဲ့အားကစားျဖစ္ပါတယ္။ လာမည့္ Philippines SEA Games မွာ ျမန္မာနိုင္ငံကိုယ္စားျပဳ ပထမဆံုး ဝင္ေရာက္ယွဥ္ၿပိဳင္ဖို႔ရန္အတြက္ ကၽြန္ေတာ္တို႔အဖြဲ႔က ဂုဏ္ယူစြာနဲ႔ အားလံုးကိုစြန္႔လႊတ္ကာ၊ အေကာင္းဆံုးျဖစ္ေအာင္ႀကိဳးစားရင္း ဒီခရီးကို ေလွ်ာက္လွမ္း ၾကဖို႔ဆံုးျဖတ္ထားၿပီးျဖစ္ပါတယ္။ ကၽြန္ေတာ္တို႔ ဒီထက္ပိုေကာင္းတဲ့အခြင့္အေရးရရွိႏိုင္ခဲ့မယ္ဆိုရင္ ဘာမဆိုျဖစ္ ေအာင္လုပ္ႏိုင္မယ္လို႔ယံုၾကည္ပါတယ္။ကၽြန္ေတာ္တို႔ႏိုင္ငံအတြက္ အေကာင္းဆံုးႀကိဳးစားေနၾကတဲ့ အားကစားသမားအားလံုး ကို ၀ိုင္း၀န္းကူညီအားေပးၾကဖို႔ တိုက္တြန္းေျပာၾကားရင္း ဒီ video ကေန ကၽြန္ေတာ္တို႔ အေတြ႔အၾကံဳမ်ားကို မွ်ေ၀ေပးလိုက္ပါတယ္ခင္ဗ်ာ…************************************************It has only been 4 weeks since the Myanmar surf team has been training in Bali and we have seen exponential improvement from our athletes! We spent 2 years training in Ngwe Saung understanding the basics of the sport but the waves in Myanmar is nothing compared to giants swells here. The team has overcome their fears to surf these monster waves and improving day by day astonishing even the locals of the rapid pace of progress. This just proves to show that if you give our people a chance, there is so much potential they can unleash through hard work and dedication.It is important to mention that these athletes have sacrificed a lot to be here in training camp. Those that attend school have delayed their terms while others that have jobs, have taken a break and receive no income. Nevertheless, the team is committed to give up everything to be a part of the journey and try their best for coming 30th SEA Games hosted by Philippines this December. We urged Myanmar to cheer on all our athletes trying their best for our country. Please like and share this video in show of your support. Thank you very much and hope you guys enjoy this video!#surfmyanmar #teammyanmar #surflife #30seagames #bali #surftraining #surfing #madnerst #generaltigergun #myanmarteam #starboardsup #tiki #ngwesaungyachtclub #ngwesaung #myanmarSpecial thanks to our Supporters:Ngwe Saung Yacht Club & Resort Madnest Yangon Sailing Club Surf Association of Myanmar Starboard Windsurfing Myint & Associates Co., Ltd. MPRL E&P Pte Ltd.. Production by Indo Eye and Phone Kyaw Moe MyintMusic by General Tiger Gun – Lose Control

Myanmar Yachting Federation 发布于 2019年9月4日周三
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