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ASC Tour champs neck and neck through Taiwan

Dede Suryana © ASC Media/Hain




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Dede Suryana needs to eliminate Raditya & Garut to win the title 

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 14 November, 2014 - With an increased swell size today and some fierce battles in Round 2 of the ASP/ASC 1-star QS Taiwan Open of Surfing, tomorrow will likely decide the 2014 ASC Men’s Open Championship, as well as the ASC Women’s Championship.

The day’s action began at 7:30 am with the Men’s competitors taking to the water in the wind affected 4 foot plus waves at Jinzun Harbor, where the top three ranked Indonesian ASC competitors, Dede Suryana, Raditya Rondi, and Garut Widiarta all got through their Round 2 heats and will meet up tomorrow in Round 3, joined by Japan’s T. Nakamura to decide the 2014 ASC Men’s Championship.

In the drivers seat is West Java’s Dede Suryana, but he needs to make it out of his Round of 16 heat tomorrow in order to eliminate Raditya and Garut as threats to his championship crown.  If he should fail to advance, he leaves the door open for Raditya or Garut, either of whom could snatch the championship away from Dede with an event win.  

But should Raditya or Garut fail to eventually win the Taiwan Open, the championship will be Suryana’s, as both Raditya and Garut need the 3,500 points that goes to the winner in order to take the 2014 ASC championship.

But winning this event will be no easy task, especially with the likes of last year’s winner Jun Shiba and runner up Yujiro Tsuji, Aussie surfers Jordan Lawler and Nic Jones, not to mention Taylor Jensen from the USA still in the mix.

Suryana won his heat today, but acknowledged it was not an easy day to win a heat, saying, “I really didn’t know I had won the heat, as the wind was very strong sideshore and I didn’t feel like I scored that well.  It was very hard work out there for sure, and I’m hoping for a bit less wind tomorrow.  It’s going to be tough out there in my heat tomorrow, up against Garut, Raditya, and Takumi….two goofyfooters and two regularfooters.  Two of us will get through, two of us won’t, and I just have to make sure I’m one of the guys that does!”

Four ASC surfers failed to advance today, beginning with young Wolf Wertheimer in Heat 1, then Mega Semadhi in Heat 3, who narrowly lost when fellow Balinese surfer Nyoman “Cikwah” Maika pipped him in the dying minutes of the heat for the second spot.  Cikwah needed a 1.5 point wave and managed to pick off a small inside left to slice off a couple turns for a 2.25 score.

“I’d had one left wave, one that scored a 5.0, which turned out to be the highest wave score of the heat, but spent much of the heat paddling and dodging sets,” said Cickwah.  “I’d kinda given up after getting stuck inside, but then a little left popped up.  Luckily the judges gave me the score I needed for those couple of turns, but unlucky for Mega that he didn’t get through” he added.

Next to be eliminated were Malaysia’s Didaqt in Heat 6, then IB Sima Rai in Heat 7. So now there are four remaining ASC surfers in the event, three of which have championship aspirations.  

The ASC Women’s semifinals were scheduled to be run today, but the strong winds and marginal conditions of the afternoon had the contest director and head judge handing down the decision to delay the action until tomorrow in hopes that the women have a better chance to catch some higher quality waves.  Should be a nailbiter for current champ Rina Kitazawa as she sits on the sidelines to see if Yasnyiar “Bonne” Gea will be able to pull off a come-from-behind upset and go home with the 2014 ASC Women’s trophy.

Tomorrow’s action will start at 7:30 am with the Men’s LQS Quarterfinals, then continue with the Men’s QS Round of 16, Women’s LQS Quarterfinals, Men’s QS Quarterfinals, ASC Women’s Semifinals, then the Longboard Team’s Challenge and the Shortboard Teams Challenge.

Tim Hain

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