24 November 2016, Jinzun Harbor – Taitung: Battling strong winds and strong currents today on the first day of the Taiwan Open of Surfing at Jinzun Harbor in Taitung County, the ASC’s top ranked men’s surfers took on the mixed field of WSL World Qualifying Series surfers in 3-4 foot waves and showed that they are well up to the challenge of competing at an international level.
In Heat 6 of Round 1 it was 2015 ASC Champion Raditya Rondi winning his heat over Japanese and Taiwanese competitors to advance to Round 2, where he along with 2014 ASC Champion Dede Suryana from West Java bested French and Japanese competitors to win Round 3 spots.
Suryana started the day just a few points behind the Philippines Philmar Alipayo in the race for the 2016 ASC Men’s Championship, and now needs to advance to Round 4 in order to claim the championship, as Alipayo failed to make it through his Round 1 heat today.
If Suryana fails to make it through his Round 3 heat, and Raditya Rondi doesn’t make it all the way into the final, Alipayo will claim the championship…so it will be a tense waiting game for Alipayo over the next couple of days as he sits on the sidelines.
Garut Widiarta from Bali posted the highest single wave score of an 8.00 out of a possible 10 points and also the highest combined heat score of 15.75 out of a possible 20 points in Round 1, locking into a long lefthander and belting it all the way into the beach to easily win the heat.
In Round 2, fellow Indonesian Oney Anwar from Lakey Peak (Sumbawa) that convincingly won his heat by good margin, putting his competitors in a combination situation within the first 5 minutes of the heat, first posting a 7.25 on his first wave with a series of searing turns and finishing on an air reverse, then padding back out and launching big air reverse to score an 8.50. He finished with a 15.75 combined total heat score.
The last heat of the day was Round 2 Heat 6 where Dede Suryana and Raditya Rondi were up against Tristan Guilbaud of France and Riki Horikoshi of Japan. It was a critical heat for Suryana as in order to have a chance to overtake Philmar Alipayo he must advance to Round 3 in either first or second spot. He spend the first few minutes in the heat in second spot behind Guilbaud, but soon began attacking the unruly lineup and got himself into first place, which he held until the horn sounded the end of the 25 minute heat.
Raditya Rondi, who still has a long shot at the 2016 championship, spend the first half of the heat in 3rd spot, but in true Raditya fashion fought himself into second place and kept his championship hopes alive for another day.
Tomorrow will see the completion of Round 2, and then the start of the WQL Men’s and Women’s Longboards, so likely it will be on the 26th where we will see the continuation of the Men’s Open competition.
Stay tuned for more exciting action at this dual sanctioned ASC-WSL event!
You can watch it live at http://www.worldsurfleague.com/events/2016/mqs/1533/taiwan-open-of-surfing
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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.