Asian circuit booming, adds event in Taiwan
Taiwan Open of Surfing 2012
Presented by Taitung County Government
Ultima Grade ASC Event
Jinzun Harbor, Taiwan
14 - 18 November 2012
Taitung County Government to present ASC professional event
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 1 November, 2012 : - - The Asian Surfing Championships is excited to announce that the first-ever Ultima grade ASC event, the Taiwan Open of Surfing 2012 presented by Taitung County, which will take place at Jinzun Harbor from the 14th-18th of November 2012.
With NTD 600,000 (USD $20,000) in prize money up for grabs across the Men’s, Women’s, Longboard and special “Noseriding” divisions, the Taiwan Open of Surfing has already drawn the attention of Asia’s top professional surfers, who are excited about coming to the wave-rich coastline of South Eastern Taiwan to surf and compete in this historic event.
Current ASC and Coca-Cola ISC Men’s Champion Raditya Rondi from Bali, Indonesia is excited about his first trip to Taiwan, saying, “I’ve seen the video’s from last year’s event as well as free surfing photos from Marlon (Gerber), Garut (Widiarta) and Dede’s (Suryana) trip, and the waves look super good.
I’m really looking forward to getting to surf and compete there, and hopefully bringing home the first place trophy! Getting to travel around Asia to places like this to surf and meet new people is so good, so I’m that the ASC has been developing this tour for us and to the Taitung government for sponsoring this contest.”
According a press release from the organizers there will be also be some well known international pro surfers joining the event for expression sessions and surfing lessons, such as ASP Australasia Women's Longboard No.1 ranked Georgia Young, 2009 Australian Open Female Longboard title holder Rosie Locke, Australian wonderkid longboarder Nic Jones, free surfer and world traveler Dean Brady, and ASP Pro Junior Wade Carmichael.
Last year’s competition, the 2011 Taitung County International Surf Challenge presented by Quiksilver, was the first ASC contest to be held in Taiwan, and saw 80 competitors from Taiwan, Japan, Indonesia, Australia, America, Hawaii, and France showing up to compete. The Men’s Open division was won by 18 year old Indonesian Sandi Selamat, who took home a check for just over USD $2,000 (NTD 63,000), and the Open Longboard Division was taken out by Australian Jackson Close.
This year’s Taiwan Open of Surfing will draw an even larger contingent of Asian pro surfers, who are gunning for ASC championship points and the biggest prize purse yet on the Asian Surfing Championship Tour, as well as Taiwan's hottest up and coming surfers.
The south east coast of Taiwan is rife with great surfing spots, and this year’s event will again be held at Jinzun Harbor, which offers both left and righthanders from a central peak. Jinzun Harbor is in the town of Donghe, which is approximately 45 minutes away from the city of Taitung, and there are also other surf spots close to Donghe for free surfing.
The registration fee is NT$800(around US$25) per division, and includes lunch during the 3 days of competition (16-18th November). There will be a welcoming party on the 16th of November and the Awards Presentation/Farewell Party on the 18th.
In addition to the surfing, it’s also a good opportunity to explore the beauty of Taitung and get close to indigenous culture, music, enjoy the hot springs, mountains and sea.
Author: Tim Hain
Tags: Taiwan, Jinzun Harbor, Asian Surfing Championships