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2016 Taiwan Open of Surfing with NTD 2.5 Million in Prize Money to Take Place in Jinzun, Taitung Nov. 23-27 with Celebrity How Yao and Pros from around the World
Date: 2016-10-19    
The 2016 Taiwan Open of Surfing will take place November 23- 27 once again at the Jinzun Recreation Area, which is a set venue for the WSL world tour (men’s shortboard # 48, men’s longboard # 9, and women’s longboard #9). In addition to the prize money this year being increased to NTD 2.5 million, which is the highest ever for a surf event in Taiwan, there will also be a team longboard event, team shortboard event, juniors event, and an event for the stars to show their stuff. In addition, Masatoshi Ohno (who will represent Japan at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics) and 19-year-old women’s longboard champion Rachael Tilly are to come, as well as Tony Silvagni and Crystal Walsh (last year’s respective men’s and women’s longboard champions). Needless to say, this year’s event is sure to be the biggest yet!

On October 19, the Taitung County Government held a press conference for the 2016 Taiwan Open of Surfing. It was announced that registration for local surfers has opened, and all are welcome to enter this highest of professional competitions offered on the island. Moreover, celebrity How Yao attended the press conference, saying he will again compete in this year’s event alongside awesome surfers from around the globe!

Japanese Tour to End at Jinzun with Crowning of Champion

Jinzun is a newly-emerged surf paradise for Taiwan. Due to its unique terrain, excellent water quality, and wind/wave conditions, when the northeastern monsoon winds begin to blow each fall, it turns into the best place to surf in all of Asia! Since the Taiwan Open of Surfing has become a qualifying venue for the WSL Tour, thousands of spectators come to watch. Last year, the contest was broadcast live on the WSL website and on YouTube, hitting a record of over 100,000 views.

Since 2011, some of the best surfers from all over the world have gathered together at Taiwan’s paradise of surfing, Jinzun, Taitung, at the end of each November in a battle for a huge cash prize and surf tour points. Statistics show that there are over 2 million surfers in the world, and that number is continually growing. Besides Taitung possessing great surf spots, surfing is also promoted here to attract more young people and make Taitung into a paradise of surfing in Taiwan. Surfing is not only taking off in Taitung; it’s heading for the Olympics. In early August of this year, the International Olympic Committee officially announced the inclusion of five new events at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, one such being surfing. Jinzun happens to be the last stop for the Japanese surf tour, and it is here that the Japanese champion will be named. It is thus apparent that Taitung not only offers surfers a great spot to surf, but in addition to promoting surfing in Taiwan through holding the Taiwan Open of Surfing, locals also hope that someday Taiwan will produce surfers of Olympic caliber who may achieve their dreams and gain recognition on the world stage!

Jinzun Surf Comp Gifts

In an effort to encourage more tourists to go watch the stars shine at the competition, the Taitung County Government has arranged for free “Jinzun Surf Comp Gifts”: Those who visit the Taiwan Open of Surfing fan page and fill out the required information between November 1 and November 20 will be able to obtain a free agricultural product at the event venue service during the competition (11/24-11/27). The offer is limited to while supplies last, so don’t miss out!

※For registration and more information, please visit the 2016 Taiwan Open of Surfing fan page at www.facebook.com/taiwanopenofsurfing.
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