Slippin’ and slidin’. Two-time world champ Taylor Jensen, keen to chase the third in Taiwan. Pic: Rick Bickford


MAKING HISTORY: 2017 WORLD LONGBOARD CHAMPIONSHIPS TO BE DECIDED IN TAIWAN
Friday, 25 August 2017

The 2017 Taiwan Open of Surfing has been upgraded to a WSL Longboard Championship Tour event meaning it will decide this year's World Longboard Champions. Having proven itself as an awesome location for surfing events over the last six years, Jinzun Harbor in Taitung will continue to host WSL events for many years to come.

Returning to Taitung County for his 5th Taiwan Open of Surfing is two-times World Longboard Champion Taylor Jensen (USA). Jensen has welcomed the upgrade from LQS event to LCT stating that the consistency of conditions and variety of waves at Jinzun Harbor makes it the perfect place for a World Title decider.

"I'm a big fan of the waves in Taiwan," Jensen said. "We have been deciding the World Champion at the same spot for five years now so a change is good. I have been coming to the Taiwan Open of Surfing for five years and have never seen the waves drop below chest height. The conditions can vary a lot, it can be a bowled out right or look like a left point, it's a good variety so I just hope we get some light winds and have a great finish to the year. The event in Taiwan has always been run really well and had an awesome setup and I'm sure this year will be no different."

For the first time in years, the WSL Longboard Champions will be decided by more than one event with an LCT already completed in Papua New Guinea this year. Jensen won that along with Brazilian Chloe Calmon (BRA) and the pair will head into the Taiwan Open of Surfing as favourites to take the 2017 Titles.

Taitung County Governor Justin Huang has been a huge supporter of the event ever since he helped to bring the WSL on board 5 years ago. He has seen it continue to grow and develop into what it is today and loves what it has done to the local economy and surf scene. He is also pumped to say the Longboard World Champions will be crowned in Taitung County.

"Over the years it has been great to see the growth and development of the Taiwan Open of Surfing," Governor Huang said. "Having it return as a combined event is good but to have an LCT and the World Champions crowned here in Taiwan is incredible. The event is a tremendous help in developing the surf industry in Taiwan. We wish luck to all of the competitors and look forward to seeing who takes the title."

The WSL in collaboration with Event Organizer Oasis Union Group Chairman Mr. Li and Local Peace Marketing Manager Mr. Burce Cheng are all happy to see Taitung Governor Justin Huang continue support to make local tourism and inspire future young surfer in Greater China region for Athletes to have better incentives in the future.

The 2017 Taiwan Open of Surfing runs from November 22 - December 3, 201
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-    REPORT BY TOM BENNETT / WSL




The playful peaks of Jinzun Harbour. For the first time in history, the World Title will be decided in Taiwan. 
Pic: WSL/Tom Bennett

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