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2008 Asian Beach Games

About a month ago in Bali, Indonesia, the inaugural 2008 Asian Beach Games came to its conclusion. Intended to promote sports and culture, the games (held every two years) encourage tourism, support local economies and allow host countries like Indonesia to present a more global face to the world. The 2008 games brought 6,000 athletes to compete in 71 events in 19 sports. Sports included well-known games like beach volleyball and triathlon, and some sports better known to asians, like sepak takraw, kabaddi and pencak silat. The next Asian Beach Games are scheduled to be hosted by Oman in the year 2010. (25 photos total)

Daiki Masuda of Japan dives out of the water in the swim leg of the men's triathlon on day nine of the 2008 Asian Beach Games at Mertasari Beach on October 26, 2008 in Bali, Indonesia. (Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
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73 comments so far...
1.

# 18 - awesome

Posted by Fred Penner December 5, 08 11:54 AM
2.

awesome view.

Posted by luis December 5, 08 11:57 AM
3.

very nice set of pictures. I like the last one a lot!

some of the other ones are nice and some quite funny :)

Posted by serzone December 5, 08 12:00 PM
4.

#14 - haha all of the guy's faces look photoshoped.

Posted by Dave December 5, 08 12:05 PM
5.

Wow, pic 2 is epic.

Posted by Kyle December 5, 08 12:08 PM
6.

lol.. took only 1 comment for someone to mention #18 into the comments :) Who would have thunk it..

Posted by Chris December 5, 08 12:11 PM
7.

¡Fotografía colosal!

Posted by Silvia Sepúlveda Parra December 5, 08 12:29 PM
8.

More volley ball girls would have been welcome ;-)

Posted by amertum December 5, 08 12:44 PM
9.

greats pics! tks!

Posted by jay jay December 5, 08 12:53 PM
10.

#18

Posted by timur December 5, 08 12:59 PM
11.

Nice set. I just love Bali, looking forward to going there again! Great to see Indonesians / Balinese organise such an event.

Posted by Hans December 5, 08 01:31 PM
12.

Great ! Paragliding... In spite of beautiful #18s picture, my fovorit still pictures with paragliding !

Im glad to see this activity here !

Posted by s December 5, 08 01:36 PM
13.

#14 looks so strange and unnatural...

Posted by Ryuuku December 5, 08 01:52 PM
14.

now we need to implement these games and sports to the West...

Posted by chhimi December 5, 08 02:00 PM
15.

I'm loving this blog...great shots every time!

Posted by Vitor December 5, 08 02:01 PM
16.

I love that they all look like they're having fun. There aren't many looks of anger, like it's just a competition and they're there to win. Athletes who enjoy what they do...love it.

Posted by ~K December 5, 08 02:18 PM
17.

Competitive paragliding? Why does everything have to be a competition?

Posted by johnnymarr December 5, 08 03:14 PM
18.

How have I NEVER heard of this competition?! Thank you for opening my eyes.

Posted by Jay Taylor December 5, 08 03:32 PM
19.

Great pictures!

However, caption for picture #4 implies that the games last a full year.

Posted by Austin December 5, 08 03:40 PM
20.

#22 - "Chinese player Gong Yan prepares to launch the ball to Thailand..." Wow - she must have a really good arm!

Posted by Jeff December 5, 08 06:19 PM
21.

best pictures so far!

excellent photographers, excellent shots. really amazing. never saw the shots like these here before nor anywhere.

Posted by p December 5, 08 06:29 PM
22.

So colorful and exotic.
Thanks, Rosemary

Posted by Content in a Cottage December 5, 08 06:39 PM
23.

Amazing collection of photos. Thanks!

Posted by Bangbouh Stock Photo December 5, 08 06:43 PM
24.

create New Folder in brain
copy and paste #18
End

mmmmm

Posted by Wonka December 5, 08 06:57 PM
25.

OH MY GOD amazing photos... a little scared of #14 though... AWESOME JOB!!

Posted by Trebont December 5, 08 07:14 PM
26.

#25 - pure freedom...

awesome pictures, thank you for this fantastic blog!

Posted by mike December 5, 08 07:26 PM
27.

a great one the last one!

Posted by pessimist December 5, 08 07:30 PM
28.

Could we declare a permanent moratorium on pictures like #18? That shot's been done before and as a guy who actually enjoys beach volleyball I'd prefer to see the actual game...

Posted by Chris Adams December 5, 08 07:52 PM
29.

Wellcome To Indonesia !

Posted by edi mintarso December 5, 08 11:35 PM
30.

"Could we declare a permanent moratorium on pictures like #18? That shot's been done before and as a guy who actually enjoys beach volleyball I'd prefer to see the actual game...ment here..."

This whole portfolio could have been nothing but shots of that woman's hand signals and it still wouldn't be too much. #18 makes a man want to go visit Kazakhstan.

Posted by Hean Sloan December 6, 08 01:06 AM
31.

Great Pictures....

Posted by Gururaj December 6, 08 01:31 AM
32.

#15 - You can do eeet Rob!

#19 - Yumpin Yemeni!

Posted by Mike December 6, 08 02:46 AM
33.

Very beautiful picture.Thanks very much to make them share to every body.

Posted by Fode Bernard December 6, 08 05:06 AM
34.

# 6, 15, 20, 24 !!!

Posted by Nicolas Aubertin, Grenoble, France December 6, 08 07:20 AM
35.

#18 Wow!!!
...and all pictures is nice shot.....

Posted by Ákos from Hungary December 6, 08 07:50 AM
36.

18 wins.

Posted by David Orme December 6, 08 08:00 AM
37.

Stunning selection of pictures. Super job as usual.

Posted by Nikhil Mehta December 6, 08 10:56 AM
38.

These are just terrific!

Posted by ritchie.bill@gamil.com December 6, 08 12:03 PM
39.

18...ugh. Is there a game happening? How about a close-up of a man's crotch in a speedo -- to even things out a bit if we're changing the subject from sports to flesh. I'm not surprised, though. The US broadcast of the Olympics included nearly the entire WOMEN'S (or should I say "chicks" or "*itches") beach volleyball tourney at the expense of other sports. If I didn't know better, based on the US prime time broadcast, the Olympics are exclusively about beach volleyball and swimming, and primarily driven by men wanting to check out women's bodies. One-dimensional, predictable and appealing to the *lowest common denominator.* Grow up.

Posted by Rich December 6, 08 01:21 PM
40.

#18 could bring about world peace !

Posted by Matt December 6, 08 02:27 PM
41.

#15 takes the cake for me. love the action there.

Posted by lg December 6, 08 02:54 PM
42.

some of the most beautiful yet

Posted by maxe December 6, 08 04:36 PM
43.

I really like number 18. These are really great quality pics.

Posted by Cover December 6, 08 05:25 PM
44.

@Rich: Ease up, man! Women wouldn't mind a close op of a man's crotch in a speedo, and you know it!

Posted by Brett Brenneman December 6, 08 07:51 PM
45.

great pics,neverseen before

Posted by pramod purohit December 7, 08 04:26 AM
46.

What's the problem with competitive paragliding? It's pretty popular. Everything DOESN"T have to be a competition, but some people like to test themselves like that.,

Posted by jules December 7, 08 05:17 AM
47.

#13 Aie =s
#18 Mh =D
#19 Wow O_o

Posted by Olouf December 7, 08 05:18 PM
48.

"@Rich: Ease up, man! Women wouldn't mind a close op of a man's crotch in a speedo, and you know it!"

Sure, Brett, but we never do seem to see those in the news, do we?

Posted by maggie December 7, 08 05:29 PM
49.

nice pictures - I liked a lot.

Posted by Rogerio December 7, 08 07:07 PM
50.

AMAZING.....BALI IS THE GREAT AND THE MOST BEAUTIFUL ISLAND ON EARTH.
As Indonesian, we welcoming you in Bali...and feel the difference.

Posted by Dio December 8, 08 02:32 AM
51.

incredible pictures, in particular 1 an 6.
Good job !

Posted by Chris December 8, 08 04:33 AM
52.

Thanks for the cultural appreciation pics in 4, 5 and 7. So many other great action shots to comment on. That sepaktakraw game looks hard. Volleyball with your feet? Crazy!

At least make picture # 18 optional so we can share this post with our children or see these pictures at work without someone accusing us of inappropriate material. Including # 18 cheapens the rest of the journalistic accomplishment of this blog. Where else can we see the exceptional exposure (no pun intended) of such a broad range of topics? That's why we come here - not to see something from Sports Illustrated's swimsuit edition.

Posted by Dad with 3 boys December 8, 08 09:51 AM
53.

"18...ugh. Is there a game happening? How about a close-up of a man's crotch in a speedo -- to even things out a bit if we're changing the subject from sports to flesh. I'm not surprised, though. The US broadcast of the Olympics included nearly the entire WOMEN'S (or should I say "chicks" or "*itches") beach volleyball tourney at the expense of other sports. If I didn't know better, based on the US prime time broadcast, the Olympics are exclusively about beach volleyball and swimming, and primarily driven by men wanting to check out women's bodies. One-dimensional,"

I totally agree!!!

predictable and appealing to the *lowest common denominator.* Grow up.

Posted by MK December 8, 08 11:28 AM
54.

People finding #18 offensive are the ones who should seriously grow up. Pathetic stance.

Posted by KD December 8, 08 12:07 PM
55.

Couldnt agree more KD. Dad with 3 boys, no one cares. Grow up Sir. Embarrassing...

Posted by AT December 8, 08 02:27 PM
56.

superb........really awesome

Posted by sanjib rana December 8, 08 02:38 PM
57.

wow, seriously, what is up with 14??? their heads look ginormous compared to their bodies, very disproportionate. kinda creepy!

Posted by michele December 8, 08 06:50 PM
58.

Très belles photos
In french in the texte

Posted by Michel December 9, 08 05:24 AM
59.

@michele - the thing with #14 is that the bodybuilders are limited to 60kg, that is about 130lbs here in the States. So they start out with a smaller frame, on which to build their amazing musculature. We're just more accustomed to seeing such development on larger people who therefore have smaller heads relative to their bodies, but those guys in #14 are not really out of proportion.

Generally: awesome photos, great job! It makes me want to learn more about some of those sports I know nothing about. Kabaddi is the only sport I've heard of which is timed by the holding of a breath - what a great idea!!!

About #18 and sharing this post with children: kids know about bottoms (after all, everyone has one!) and generally speaking are more willing to laugh at them than adults. Unless you're going to keep your kids away from the beach, don't worry. In fact, making a big deal about #18 gives them a counterproductive message.

Posted by rewinn December 9, 08 12:32 PM
60.

WOW! I never known that this event! Im from Malaysia and i never think Sepak Takraw, Silat and Kabaddi are played on the beach!

GREAT #1 pic. Is it taken with underwater casing?

Posted by www.anuarsalleh.com December 9, 08 01:36 PM
61.

I just love Bali, half of my heart lies there...great pics!

Posted by Laura December 9, 08 04:10 PM
62.

My favourite shot by far is #12

Posted by veevee December 10, 08 03:39 PM
63.

I'm sorry, but I just had to write this, because of the controversy:

#18 : GREAT tush !!!!!!

Posted by F.S. March December 14, 08 06:57 PM
64.

I am glad to see sandball out there => best sport ever.

Posted by fourmi4x December 16, 08 06:32 PM
65.

Great pictures. As always, the Big Picture manages to bring up some of the best works of photojournalism recently.

#13: Its not the United 'Arabic' Emirates, instead United Arab Emirates. Thats the typo I came across.

Posted by Mayank Garg December 16, 08 07:35 PM
66.

Wonderful images. I loved #1 and # 19. I'm still trying to figure out how you popped the swimmer with light without the water in the forground being washed out. Great moment. #19 is fantastic, something different. Good job.

Posted by Lisa J. December 17, 08 04:37 PM
67.

Great pics! the color is so vibrant on them!

and anyone who makes a big deal about #18, it's just someone's butt, and if you'd get over it, and just tell your kids, or whoever, that it's just a butt, that's what they'll think! it's just a butt! but some people have to make it a bad thing, and that's what gets you in trouble!

Posted by Concerned about not making things bad December 17, 08 11:17 PM
68.

Shots like 18 are tired and unnecessary. If as a photographer, thats what you have to do to grasp your viewer's attention, you should rethink your career or see if Maxim or Playboy has any gigs for you. All T and A all the time is all that gets these d bags attention, but why cater to the d bags? The set was classy and beautifully done without 18. Way to stoop.

Posted by Kate December 19, 08 05:50 AM
69.

Simply brilliant!

Posted by VJ Sophie January 5, 09 02:08 AM
70.

O kur.a! Zajefajne!

Posted by Tymoteusz January 5, 09 01:19 PM
71.

its nice shoot..good for photograper

Posted by wahyulie January 17, 09 09:14 PM
72.

Thanks to man makes these pictures. it can show me how is it the Bali beach is.

Posted by Anonymous January 26, 09 10:01 PM
73.

see..bali more attractive than other in Asia..
Really nice images..

Posted by hermawan June 6, 10 09:35 PM
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