The Asian Surf Cooperative is a professional surfing organization with 13 years of experience in the organizing, managing and supporting surfing events around the Asian region, from local boardriders club competitions to WSL World Championship Tour events.The ASC started as the Indonesian Surfing Championships (ISC) in 2004 with the goal of linking the existing surf brand events in Bali into a circuit with a points system and a year-end champion, modeled after the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) qualifying series tour. From 2004 to 2010, the ISC sanctioned from 8 to 24 events per year and assisted the ASP (now WSL) with the World Championship Tour Rip Curl Search event at Uluwatu (2008), the Oakley World Junior Championships (2008-2012), and the Oakley Pro Bali World Championship Tour event (2013).
In 2010, primarily in response to requests for assistance and support by other Asian countries including Malaysia, Thailand, India, the Philippines, the Maldives, and Taiwan, the ASC tour was formed. Through the support and sanctioning of these events and sustaining a reliable and consistent Asian surfing circuit, Asian surfing champions were crowned each year in Men’s, Women’s, and Junior divisions.
As the ASC tour gained popularity and reliability, it began to initiate the co-sanctioning of their events with the ASP (now WSL) starting with the Taiwan Open of Surfing in 2013, then the Siargao International Surfing Cup in the Philippines, and later in Indonesia with the Komune Bali Pro and the Quiksilver Uluwatu Challenge.
In 2017, acknowledging both the potential and the existing events and locations in Asia, the World Surf League (WSL) formed the WSL Asia Region, which ultimately led to the decision by the ASC to assist the WSL by converting all their existing and any potential new events into WSL Qualifying Series (QS) events, thus allowing the ASC surfers to become WSL members and compete for points and rankings in their own region.
One of the primary goals of the ASC and the ISC before it was to create a pathway for Asian surfers where they could compete against each other and then against other surfers from around the globe, in their own region, in some of the best waves in the world. With the formation of the WSL Asia Region, and the cooperation between the WSL and the ASC, that goal has now been realized, leading to the need to modify the name, as there is no longer an ASC tour with separate events and ASC champions crowned each year.
The Asian Surf Cooperative provides event management, live scoring, ISA certified judges, contest directors, digital photography and videography, event media packages, rankings, media coverage and distribution, and also assists the ISA in organizing Surf and SUP Instructor and International Judging courses.
From local grassroots boardriders and grommet (junior) events to specialty and WCT events, the ASC’s purpose and goal remains the same: To grow the sport of surfing in the Asian region by offering reliable and consistent resources and assistance to both small and large organizations who are helping to make Asia’s surfing athlete’s dreams come true.
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