SRI AMAN: Would you dare to be on a surfing board and battle a tidal bore in Sarawak’s Batang Lupar, famed for its crocodile-infested waters?
Dare-devils should look no further then Sri Aman, 170km from Kuching. The tidal bore here, or “benak”, could be a big tourism draw in which it could be known as a fantastic extreme sport.
So far only one man has dared to take up the challenge in battling the benak. He is Frenchman Antony Colas, a hardcore tidal surfer and author of the World Stormrider Guide, a guide book on the best new surfing locations worlwide.
His feat in October last year was reported in a recent edition of Hong Kong-based Action Asia magazine, a respected travel and adventure publication.
“Sri Aman’s tidal bore rates among the best bores in the world. Although not as powerful and destructive as Brazil’s Pororoca or China’s Guanchao, the benak breaks for several hours, reaching 1.52m-high at some stages,” he said in an e-mail interview.
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