Pantai Bogak on Pangkor Island is the choice site for the upcoming Pangkor World Jetrace Challenge 2012. This international-class Jet Ski race, the first of its kind in this part of the world, is set to make waves and will place Pangkor Island on the world map. The two-day competition will see participants, both professionals and amateurs, from Europe, USA, Asia and South-East Asia jousting for positions in the various categories on the programme.
“Fourteen teams have confirmed their participation so far,” said Dato’ Zainol Padzi Paharuddin, the Exceutive Councillor for Youth, Culture and Sports, at a media briefing recently. Malaysia will be represented by Mohd Nur Azahari, a talented jet-skier who has made a name for himself in the water sport.
Mohd Nur, 30, better known as Eddy Pangkor, is a bona fide Pangkor islander who has dabbled in the sport for many years. The Perak Government, sensing his latent talent, has sponsored his entry in the Jetski World Finals 2011 at Lake Havasu, Arizona, USA. Mohd Nur is ranked 7th in the world. “Hopefully, his participation will have an immediate impact on young Perakeans,” said Zainol.
The competition is slated for July 14 and 15. Chief Minister Dato’ Seri DiRaja Dr Zambry Abd Kadir will officiate at the opening ceremony. Preceding that, a free musical concert will be held at the site as a form of entertainment for visitors and the islanders.
“Winners will receive cash prizes. A sum of RM33,000 has been allocated for the prize money,” said Zainol. Present at the briefing was Khairul Azwan Harun, the organising chairman.