ASC Women See Action on Day Two of the Taiwan Open of Surfing 2016

25 November 2016, Jinzun Harbor – Taitung:  Wild conditions late on Day 2 of the Taiwan Open of Surfing at Jinzun Harbor in Taitung County greeted the ASC women surfers looking to win the 2016 ASC Women’s Championship at this the final event of the 2016 season. 


After the remaining heats of the WQS Men’s, as well as the LQS Men’s and Women’s were run today, there was just enough time to send the Women’s shortboard contestants out before the sun went down.


Nilbie Blancada of the Philippines, who is currently tied for number 1 with Kailani Johnson, convincingly won her Round 1 heat by posting a 7.5 heat score on her first wave and then following it up later with a 5.5, despite spending about 10 minutes duckdiving and battling the current to get back outside.  “It was really hard out there”, said Blancada.  “After my first wave I got swept down the beach and it seemed like I would never get back outside to catch another wave.  Finally I got part way out and got a left that let me get a few turns.  I didn’t even know what the others were doing and if I had won the heat, I just happy I got through!”


In Heat 2, Kailani Johnson just made it through her heat in second spot with a last minute score over Leanne MacDonald, saying “I know I didn’t surf very well, as I was just trying to dodge the big closeouts and keep from getting smashed, so I feel lucky to make it into the next round.  I hope we get different conditions for the semifinals so I can focus on surfing better” she said.


Hawaii’s Honolua Blomfield took the win in that heat by locking into several nice righthanders, and France's Uhaina Joly won Heat 3 finding some longer lefthanders on her forehand.


When the women’s competition resumes, likely on Sunday, the ASC Women’s Championship will be decided here at the Taiwan Open of Surfing 2016.


Tomorrow will see the continuation of WQS Men’s action with Round 3, so stay tuned for more exciting action at this dual sanctioned ASC-WSL event as possibly we’ll see an ASC Men’s champion crowned!


You can watch it live at http://www.worldsurfleague.com/events/2016/mqs/1533/taiwan-open-of-surfing

 

Asian Surfing Championships

Tim Hain

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About the Asian Surfing Championships (ASC)


The Asian Surfing Championships was established in 2010 as the progression of the highly successful Indonesian Surfing Championships that began in Bali, Indonesia in 2004.  The mission of the ASC is to develop and progress the sport of surfing in Asia by assisting in the organizing and sanctioning of professional surfing events, which will help their growing surf communities and draw more attention to their areas for the progression of surfing locally, nationally, and throughout the Asian Region. 


Since 2008, the ASC/ISC has sanctioned 195 events around the Asian region for an average of 24 events per year, ranging from junior events to co-sanctioned pro events with the World Surf League in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, the Maldives, the Philippines, India, Taiwan, and China, and the ASC event media releases and video highlights reach over 12 million viewers per year.