Many people are not aware that Labuan International Sea Challenge (LISC) is part of Malaysia Water Festival held anually. In my previous post of LISC, I mentioned LISC 2008 will be held on 21 - 27 April 2008. My mistake, it is held on 20 - 27 April 2008. My sincere apology to readers of this blog. Here are some updates on this year events:
Labuan-Brunei Extreme Kayak Challenge
20 - 21 April 2008
Started in 2006, this event was initially known as Labuan International Extreme Kayak Challenge. Its route was Labuan - Sipitang (Sabah) - Labuan (84km). It become Labuan-Brunei Extreme Kayak Challenge in 2007. The competition is in double format and covers approximately 92km distance accross Brunei Bay. It is the longest and toughest competition in Malaysia.
>> Winner of 2007, team from Hungary. Picture is taken from Labuan Online Community.
Labuan International Game Fishing Tournament
22 - 27 April 2008
This competition is one of IGFA Qualifying Event for its Offshore Championship held either in Mexico or Hawaii. For the benefits of non-anglers, IGFA stands for International Game Fishing Association, more information on IGFA is here. This event is considered the most challenging tournement in the world. It has three catagories: Team, Individual and Catch and release.
Prizes will be awarded based on heaviest total weight of 6 fishes for Team Event. For Individual Event, winner is determined by heaviest fish for each species on the prize list.
Catch and Release Event is based on the most number of billfish caught and release. Winner is determined based on photo evidence.
Registration of this competition is on 21 April 2008, flag off to Layang Layang Island (competition venue) on 22 April 2008.
Display of fishes caught, to be given to public. Pictures from Labuan Online Community.
Labuan International Boat Race
26 -27 April 2008
Each team/boat comprises of 8 oarsmen. They are going topaddle for 500m to the finishing line. So far, this event is popular among the Bruneian and Kalimantan. This event usually dominated by them.
Round Island Kayak Challenge
26 April 2008
Its distance is shorter by 46km compared to Extreme Kayak, i.e 50km. Its routes is along Labuan Island coastline, approximate time is 7 hours. Format of competition is either single or double. Definately not for me, I can only paddle for 100m. LOL!
Labuan Cross Channel Swimmning Challenge
27 April 2008
The most important aspect for those interested to participate in this event is: medically and physically fit. This is a 5.4km open sea competition across Labuan Channel. There are three catagories; 18 years and above, 13 - 17 years and 12 years and below. Me? Only swim in swimming pool!
All those are the main events in LISC. There are also supporting events likeBeach fishing, Boat-Tug-of-War, Beach Games (sand castle, beach valley ball, duck catching, etc.), Beach Pillow Fight, cooking competition, traditional cakes competition, flower arranegment competition. For those who like singing and dancing, there are battle of the band, traditional dance (mostly for schools participation) and a lot more.
For more information, you can contact:
Labuan Tourism Action Council
Tel: 6 087 422622
Fax: 6 087 419622
For Labuan International Game Fishing Competition, you can contact:
Labuan Watersports Association
Tel: 6 019 8896739 or 6 019 8876739