- WSL / Will H-S

The Taiwan Open Of Surfing Hosted by Taitung County Government will once again host a 1-Star ASP Qualifying Series (QS) event after the success of last year's competition. This event continues to grow every year and 2014 will be the biggest yet with the men's 1-Star QS and men's/women's Longboard Qualifying Series (LQS) events to combine for three ASP divisions in Taiwan for the first time.

Dane Jordan, ASP Australasia General Manager, is thrilled to see the ASP expand and grow into new areas, opening the sport to new fans, new athletes, and new exotic locations.

Jun Shiba Jun Shiiba throwing down a solid air-reverse on his way to victory at last year's Taiwan Open of Surfing. - WSL / Will H-S

“Taitung, Taiwan is such a beautiful place, it's a great stop on the ASP QS,” Jordan said. “Not only are the waves world-class, but the surfers, fans, and media have really embraced the event. The event only holds a 1-Star rating, but last year the surfers were mobbed by fans and photographers at the water's edge like it was a World Championship event — the Taiwan Open of Surfing has a fantastic atmosphere.”

Justin Huang, Taitung County Governor has been a fantastic supporter of the Taiwan Open Of Surfing and is proud to show the world the surf and beauty that Taitung County has to offer.

“This year will be the fourth time we hold Taiwan's Biggest Surfing Event,” Governor Huang said. “Each year we make an effort to offer an opportunity for all good surfers in Taiwan to compete with people from other countries. We hope Taitung can show not only our surfing, but also can show our culture and lifestyle. We sincerely welcome all surfers from around the world to come to Taiwan joining the contest.”

Jun Shiiba Japan's Jun Shiiba after his epic win. - WSL / Will H-S

Local Event Organizer Bruce Zheng from Peace Marketing works tirelessly to make the Taiwan Open of Surfing bigger and better each year and with three ASP divisions and a range of amateur divisions. This year's event will be Taiwan's biggest ever surfing event.

“For us it's an extraordinary opportunity, not only for tourism promotion of the Taitung County at an international level, but also to showcase the incredibly rich natural resources we have in all of our beaches,” said Mr Zheng. “I want to thank Dane Jordan, Australasia General Manager and all the ASP crew for all the help and support and wish the best of success to all of the athletes.”

The 2014 Taiwan Open of Surfing will run from November 10th - 17th www.taiwanopenofsurfing.com

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