First ASC International Surfing Competition in Taiwan
The first Asian Surf Championship (ASC) held in Taiwan kicked off at Jinzun Harbor in Taitung County on Saturday.
The Taitung County 2011 International Surf Challenge, the first 5-Star ASC sanctioned event held in Taiwan, has attracted hundreds of local and international surfers from countries including Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Hong Kong, China, the Philippines and Japan.
The highest ranking issued to ASC international surfing events is six stars, Taitung County officials noted.
The total prize money in the Open Shortboard Division is US$5,000, and US$2,200 in the Open Longboard Division.
Taiwan surfers were excited because it was the first international surfing competition ever held in the country, with the island's coastlines picked as one of the top places to surf in Asia.
"This competition carries significant meaning in Taiwan," one surfer said.
The Taitung challenge Nov. 26-27 is the sixth leg of the 2011 ASC tour.
Taitung's coastlines were ranked as four star surfing locations in Asia by the ASC, because of their special geography, waves, and venues, Taitung County officials said.
Taiwan is the fourth country in Asia to receive this ranking, the others being Malaysia, Indonesia, and Thailand.
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