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1 November 2012, Kuta-Bali: 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.
For further information about the Taiwan Open of Surfing 2012 and to register for the event, please refer to the official website www.2012taiwansurfing.com.tw / FB https://www.facebook.com/taiwanopenofsurfing.
Tim Hain – Media and Communications
Asian Surfing Championships
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About the Asian Surfing Championships
The Asian Surfing Championships began in 2011 with the mission of growing the sport of surfing in South East Asia from the grassroots level, by assisting each country in organizing professional surfing events that will develop the skills of their surfers in healthy competition as well as to draw attention to their area for the progression of surfing locally, nationally, and throughout the SEA area.
Organized surfing competitions have historically been the best medium for the development of surfers and for the sport of surfing, where learning how to compete fairly and to being disciplined in training and competition are key skills needed not only for surfing but also for life.
The ASC works with the local, national and multinational event sponsors and organizers to maximize the results of these competitive surfing events towards accomplishing the goals of sharing the sport of surfing and bringing positive economic, social, and environmental benefits to the people in these South East Asian countries. See more at http://www.asiansurfingtour.com