ASC will crown men's and women's champs in Taiwan
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 9 November, 2014 - Kuta-Bali: With the start of the 4th annual Taiwan Open of Surfing less than a week away, the Asian Surfing Championship’s top ranked men and women surfers are readying for their trip to Taiwan, where two of them will return home with championship trophies in hand as this is the last ASC event of the year.
In the highly competitive Men’s Open Division, it’s Dede Suryana from West Java (INA) who sits atop the leader board over 3-time ASC champion Raditya Rondi from Bali (INA), and Rondi’s cousin Garut Widiarta is in a very close 3rd place.
Will this be the year that Rondi is finally dethroned is the question. Always a consistent performer, he’s uncharacteristically not won an event this year, his best a runner up finish at the Quiksilver Padma Challenge, which was a Grade 1 event.
Widiarta on the other hand, won the Grade 3 Maldives Open after winning the Rip Curl Cup (an ASC specialty event but without points), which gained him enough points to be just about even with Rondi. They are only 50 points apart going into the Taiwan Open.
Suryana on the other hand, while having a poor start to the year, came on strong with an equal third place in the Maldives Open, had a mediocre result at Siargao (Cloud 9), but put on a stellar performance besting an elite field to win the Komune Bali Pro. He now sits comfortably in the lead going into the Taiwan Open, 1,763 points ahead of Rondi.
But Rondi and Widiarta still do have a chance to snatch the championship away from Suryana, who was the top placing ASC surfer in last year’s Taiwan Open posting an equal 3rd finish, but either surfer would need to win the event and Suryana fail to reach the quarterfinals. You can see the current rankings at www.asiansurfingtour.com.
Keep in mind that of the 5 events, the lowest event score will be dropped and the best 4 determine the champion.
“I’m really happy to be coming back to Taiwan,” said Suryana. I had a great time last year and finished equal third, which was my best result in an ASP Qualifying Series event until my recent win at the Komune Bali Pro. So I’m looking to finish strong in Taiwan, as it’s the last ASC event for 2014, maybe event come home the ASC champion.
But I would like to enjoy my trip and have fun as well. I’m hoping that everyone who is joining the event, win or lose, they will enjoy it and be happy. I’m already looking forward to more trips next year on the ASC TOUR 2015.” he added.
On the Women’s Open side of things, current ASC Women’s Champion Rina Kitazawa (JPN) and last year’s Taiwan Open of Surfing winner can have her second consecutive championship trophy, she only needs to finish ahead of Cloud 9’s Nilbie Blancada (PHL).
If Blancada wins the event however, and Kitazawa finishes in 3rd place, the championship is Blancada’s by a mere 100 points. Should be great competitive surfing to watch, as there will only be 16 women in the field.
Other international women competitors included in the division are previous ASC and ISC champion Yasnyiar “Bonne” Gea (INA), Dyah Rahayu (INA), Puanani Johnson (USA/INA), and Effie Vrakas (Greece), and Chelsea Williams (AUS) joining some local Taiwanese talent.
This will be the fourth year that the ASC has been involved in the Taiwan Open of Surfing, from its inception as a first time ASC sanctioned event in 2011 to assisting in getting the ASP on board last year (2013) as a 1 star WQS Men’s event, and now it has added a 1 Star Men’s Longboard, and 1 Star Women’s Longboard event.
The 2014 Taiwan Open of Surfing will begin with a press conference on Monday evening November 10th at Taitung, followed by the official opening ceremony on the 12th, and then the actual competition follows from the 13th to the 16th.
In addition to the ASP and ASC surfing divisions, there will also be a Pro Junior (Under 16 years of age) division, a Taiwanese Team Challenge (for local Taiwan surfers only), an International Team Challenge, and an Expression Session to provide something for everyone to participate in.