Day 1 of the 2018 Manzhou Jialeshuei Pingtung County International Surfing Contest Kicks Off with Men’s and Women’s Longboard, Men’s Shortboard and Junior Divisions
12 October, 2018:  The 2018 Manzhou Jialeshuei Pingtung County International Surfing Contest got started today at the scenic surfing beach of Jaileshuei, with the Men’s and Women’s Longboard Divisions, Men’s Shortboard, and the Junior Divisions seeing action at the main Rivermouth break and the Men’s and Women’s B division Longboards at the Lefthander in 2-3 foot windy but good conditions, followed by the official opening ceremony taking place just before the sunset to round off a busy Day 1.

The morning’s competition got started at 9 am with the Men’s Open Longboard division at the Rivermouth at high tide, where the variable winds that ranged from mild to 30 kph plus gusts challenged the less savvy competitors, but the majority of top seeds managed to advance to Round 2, which was also completed by day’s end and the quarterfinalists decided.  

Dong-Ming Chen got the top single wave score of the Men’s Longboard Division, posting a 7.0 (out of a possible 10 points) in Heat 5 of Round 2 to help him advance into the Quarterfinals.  

Earning the highest combined heat score of 12. 25 points (out of a possible 20 points) was Fu-Cheng Chan in Heat 1 of Round 2.  He’ll be in Quarterfinal 1 tomorrow morning when competition resumes.

In the Men’s Shortboard Division it was Kuo Heng Liang dominating his heat and the first quarterfinal with the highest single wave score of 7.25 (out of a possible 10 points) as well as the highest combined heat score of an 11.85 (out of a possible 20 points) to ensure his semifinal placing.

The Women’s Open Longboard Division was mostly a low scoring affair with the women being challenged by strong winds and shifty lineup.  Chen-Lin “Baybay” Nui from Taitung County made it through her heat to earn a place in the quarterfinals, saying “It was tricky out there and hard to find a good scoring wave, but I’m hoping that the wind will be less tomorrow and maybe we’ll have a better chance.  I’m also competing in the short board division, so I’m excited to see what tomorrow will bring.”

In the Junior Division, Shang Fu-Chen took the top single wave score of 5.75 in his first heat, but Wen-Jie Pan took the combined heat score honors with a total of 10.25.

Immediately following the competition today, the competitors and officials moved to the nearby parking area for the official event opening ceremony, were they were treated to a musical performance by the indigenous people who played instruments that were fashioned out of wood and materials gathered from the beach.

Next, Mr. Yu-Lung Hsiao from the Pintung County Tourism Department welcomed everyone and explained how this surfing event was an important part of their tourism calendar, which would be followed by a series of events including birdwatching and agricultural activities over the next few months.

Next up was actor/surfer Chunya Chao, who told the audience about his passion for surfing and for supporting the junior surfers, then generously donated to TORSA’s junior surfing program.

Finally the Mayor of Manzhou took the microphone and thanked everyone for coming and being part of the event, and expressed how delighted he was to host the event each year.

Tomorrow’s competition is on for a 7.30 start tomorrow, with all the surfers competition at the Rivermouth break for the remainder of the event.  Contest Director Neil MacDonald from TORSA said, “Hopefully the weather forecast that is calling for less wind will be realized tomorrow, and we’ll get some great waves and epic conditions for Day 2 of the competition.  Today was better than expected, as we’ve had much stronger winds and rain in years past, so we’re hoping for something special tomorrow to give the competitors a chance to surf some really nice waves and in great conditions.”

There are over 160 competitors in 12 divisions, which include Men’s Short and Longboard Divisions, Women’s Short and Longboard Divisions, as well as Men’s and Women’s Bodyboard Divisions and a Stand Up Paddle (SUP) Division, boasting a total prize purse of approximately $15,000 USD.

The Live Heat scoring system is being used for this event, which allows anyone with a smartphone, tablet or laptop and internet connection to follow each heat score and view all the heat draws and results. 

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The 2018 Manzhou Jialeshuei Pingtung County International Surfing Contest is funded by the Pingtung County Government, with the assistance of the Manzhou Branch of Pingtung Police, the Manzhou Township Office, Hengchun Rescue Team and the Pingtung County Wei-Jing Rescue Team and with sponsors Quiksilver, Roxy, Nanum, 720, Surf Ace Apparel, DSD MFG, Surf Trip World, USA, Exotic Blend, Pineapple Surfboards, Australian Gold, and Yoyo Kenting.

The event is organized and sanctioned by:  TORSA (Taiwan Ocean Recreation and Sports Association) and the ASC (Asian Surf Cooperative).