The full contingent of international and local surfers that make up the full 64 man heat draw, as well as the event organizers, have been eagerly eying the swell forecast that shows a typhoon spinning out in the Pacific that is expected to deliver the much anticipated swell that creates the perfect barreling waves that Cloud Nine is famous for the world over.
And this afternoon it has arrived, and is seemed like every surfer on the island paddled out to try and get a wave before the contest starts, from the pros to even beginning surfers.
Contest Director Gerry Degan has send out the call to the surfers to be in the Cloud 9 Tower at 5 am tomorrow morning ready to start Round One of the competition. “It will be mid tide tomorrow at about sunrise, so we want to run as many heats as we can as the tide is going out” said Degan. “If the swell isn’t too big, we’ll be able to run through the low tide and get a full day of competition in. We’re hoping the swell gives us at least two or two and a half days of pumping waves, which is what we need to complete the event, so we’ll run as long as we can each day,” he explained.
There is a total prize purse of $50,000 USD on the line, as well as important WSL Qualifying series and ASC championship points on the line, so competition will be fierce indeed. The locals know this wave so well they can almost surf it blind, so the international pro’s will definitely have their work cut out for them as they chase that prize money and points.
Starting out the first heat of Round 1 tomorrow morning will be last year’s winner, local boy John Mark Tokong, Manuel Selman from Chile, recent Quiksilver Young Guns winner Rio Waida from Indonesia, and local Glenn Figueron.
In Heat 2, current ASC rankings leader Dede Suryana from West Java (Indonesia) will be up against Fraser Dovell from Australia, Joe Keogh from Hong Kong, and local Philmar Alipayo, who recently won the ASC sanctioned West Sumbawa Pro at Supersucks in Indonesia.
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About the Asian Surfing Championships (ASC)
The Asian Surfing Championships was established in 2010 as the progression of the highly successful Indonesian Surfing Championships that began in Bali, Indonesia in 2004. The mission of the ASC is to develop and progress the sport of surfing in Asia by assisting in the organizing and sanctioning of professional surfing events, which will help their growing surf communities and draw more attention to their areas for the progression of surfing locally, nationally, and throughout all of the Asian Region.
See more at http://www.asiansurfingtour.