Inaugural Koh Samui Trophy
Adventure Race a great success
Presented by Timex and
the Tourism Authority of Thailand, the first ever Koh Samui Trophy
adventure race attracted 108 teams from around the world and is poised
to become one of the major Adventure Races in Asia.
pair of smiling adventurer racers on Meanam Beach, Koh Samui.
The Adventure Race started with a dash through Bophut Fisherman’s
Village, then a scramble over rocks around a headland to find the
kayaks. Then, a very long paddling effort into the wind, to come out of
Big Buddha bay. The first incident occurred when one of the kayaks sank
and the competitors had to be rescued by the Thai navy safety boat.
After a soft landing on the Meanam beach, competitors started a short
swim to pick up a token at a catamaran floating 300 meters off shore.
A splash for a short run through a stream before it was time to mount
the bikes waiting for the competitors at the transition zone. Riding was
short lived as soon it was too steep and rocky to cycle and racers had
to push their bikes under the burning sun. There were a few downhill
rewards on the first bike section, which might have been scary for
inexperienced bikers, but fun for others.
Bikes were dropped again for another run that seemed to have no flat
bits in it whatsoever, it was either up or toenail banging down!
Vertiginous mountain trails in the middle of Samui! The views of the
azure blue sea were tantalizing enough to almost make competitors slow
Back to the bikes and another pushing session before a reward of some
serious downhill biking. The last sadistic kick by the race organizers,
was a 1km beach run, with the bikes! All who finished felt like they had
earned the right to proudly say that they had completed the race.
The fun run for all that started before the Adventure Race, attracted
more than 400 schoolboys and girls as well as local runners. The
children’s run was a highlight and there were lots of smiling young
faces proudly showing a well deserved medal as they watched the start of
the Adventure warriors.
“More than a 100 teams for an inaugural race is amazing and shows the
true potential of this event” said Alex Andries, the marketing director
of the Thai Hotel Association and MD of the Zazen Boutique Resort and
“Competitors and Media were impressed to see that the island is truly a
paradise for the great outdoors and adventure lovers.”
Sport activities such as Thai boxing, martial arts and yoga were
organized in the gardens of the Ibis hotel in the afternoon. The prize
giving ceremony was presided over by Ramnet Chaikwang, the Samui Mayor
and took place under the stars in the Ibis gardens.
“This kind of sports day is developing the sports and healthy
lifestyle,” continued Andries. “We believe that the Koh Samui Trophy
will become a major Adventure Race in SEA within a few years.”
As the Samui authorities and businesses are striving for sustainability
and a greener approach for the island, a portion of the money raised
will go to “The Green Island Project”, a local environmental initiative.
Next event organized by Active Management Asia will be the Yara Bangkok
Challenge that will take place in Nong Chok in the Bangkok suburbs on
November 14. This will be a totally different course explains Serge
Henkens, the race director. This already established race will explore
the greenery of the Thai countryside for a trip back in time. For more
information visit www.active-asia.com.
Out into the bay for a paddle race in the Gulf of Thailand.
PTT Thailand Open
Gilles Simon won his first ATP World Tour title
of the year by defeating Viktor Troicki in a
sensational final at the PTT Thailand Open 2009
last Sunday, Oct. 4.
The world #10 and second-seed won a tense
one-hour-and-15-minute final match with a 7-5,
6-3 victory over Troicki of Serbia.
Simon of France holds the trophy after winning
the ATP Thailand Open tennis tournament against
Viktor Troicki of Serbia Sunday, Oct. 4, 2009 in
Bangkok. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
The big-hitting Serb broke Simon in the ninth
game of the first set and needed to hold his
serve to clinch the first set but the Serbian
managed to break back to even the match at 5-5.
Simon stole the momentum from then on with
another break in the 12th game to seal the first
In the sixth game of the deciding set, Troicki
was broken after an amazing rally that ended
with a Troicki overhead error. Both players’
play drew loud cheers from the packed crowd at
the Impact Arena.
The 24-year-old Frenchman served to wrap up the
match in the ninth game. On match point, he sent
down an aggressive serve that Troicki returned
deep over the baseline. The win gave Simon his
sixth career title and first this year.
“It was fun. I was a little bit disappointed,”
said Troicki after the match. “Gilles played a
great match. Congratulations to him. He was a
little mentally stronger than me. I didn’t use
my chance I guess.
“It’s not easy to beat top ten guys to win the
title,” a dejected Troicki added. The Serb is
still in search of his maiden title. “It hurts a
bit when you come so close and you don’t get
The French #2 who made his debut in Bangkok this
week repeated last year’s result with a
Frenchman beating a Serb in the final.
“I feel good and enjoyed myself today,” said the
world #10. “I watched Viktor’s match yesterday.
He played a very great match so I expected to
have a tough time on court. I had to fight back
to come back to five games all. It was important
to come back and get the first set.”
Simon added that he had really enjoyed his time
in Bangkok. “It’s been a nice week. It was
sensational to get something like this for the
first time and the crowd was nice,” he said.
The Frenchman received the winner’s trophy from
Prime Minister Abhisit Vejajiva.
“I hope that the next final that Viktor is going
to play he will win,” added Simon. (Source – PTT
Thailand Open Media)
Denkaosen Kaowichit of Thailand (left) and
challenger Daiki Kameda of Japan exchange blows
during the second round of their 12-round WBA
flyweight world title bout at Osaka Municipal
Central Gymnasium in Osaka, Japan, Tuesday, Oct.
6. Denkaosen won a 115-113, 115-113, 114-114
majority decision to defend his crown. (AP
Photo/Kyodo News, Masanori Takei)