Visions lead to goals, and goals are made to be reached. With the formation of the new World Surf League (WSL) Asia Region, the primary goal of the ASC and the ISC before has now been realized…Asia’s surfers competing on the WSL QS but in their own region with their own events and their own Asian rankings.
What this means for the ASC is that there is no longer a need for a separate ASC tour…so starting with the Krui Pro all the previous ASC events will be converted to WSL QS1000 and above events and surfers will now register for events on-line, check their scores, heat draws, rankings, schedules, press releases, photos, videos and everything else via the WSL website, just as all the other WSL pro surfers do.Welcome to the big stage guys, goal reached and mission accomplished!
• Krui Pro 2017 had 64 men and 18 women competitors from Australia, Brazil, Greece, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Philippines, and Taiwan competing from 15-20 April at Ujung Bocor in the West Coast (Pesisir Barat) Province of South Sumatra in 3-6 foot pumping lefthand waves with Keijro Nishi of Japan taking the Men’s win and Lucy Callister from Australia taking the Women’s win.
• Komune Bali Pro saw a field of 128 men competitors ranging from Keramas and Bali locals and previous world champions to current WCT and QS campaigners over a 5 day period from 23-27 April in the world class 4-6 foot barrels of Keramas on the Island of the Gods with Brent Dorrington from Australia taking the win over Bali’s own Young Gun Rio Waida.
• The 9th annual Siargao Women’s International Surfing Cup was won by Australia’s Philippa Anderson, besting a field of 24 local and international women including Le Anne Curren (FRA), Mikaela Greene (AUS), Eliza Greene (AUS), Rina Kitazawa (JPN), Hayanna Iguchi (BRA), 14-year-old Summa Longbottom (AUS/IDN), Puanani and Kailani Johnson (IDN), and star local’s including sisters Nildie and Nilbie Blancada.
With the first three events of the 2017 WSL Asian region now in the history books, what’s coming up next? The Ichinomiya Chiba Open will have been run while this mag was going to print, but then action returns to Indonesia for the West Sumbawa Pro Men’s and Women’s QS1000 from 3-8 August at YoYo’s before heading to what promises to be another epic first with the Hello Pacitan 2017 QS1000 Men’s event, which will be staged at Watu Karung this year instead of Pancer Beach. How fantastic will that be, watching the boys getting madly pitted on both the lefts and the rights during the 5 days between the 16-20 of August?