Day Two at the 2018 Manzhou Jialeshuei Pingtung County International Surfing Contest Sets up Semi’s and Finals for Tomorrow
13 October, 2018:  Day Two of the 2018 Manzhou Jialeshuei Pingtung County International Surfing Contest saw a massive 37 heats run today at the main Rivermouth break to set up the final day’s semi’s and finals for tomorrow, with all 12 divisions seeing action in 2-4 foot surf under mostly sunny skies and gusty winds.

The morning’s competition got underway with the Women’s Longboard Division at 8 am with some leftover light rain, but soon the weather turned sunny and windy to provide the competitors with good wave conditions in which to make their bids for spots in tomorrow’s finals. By 5 pm, just before the sun was setting, the event was called to a stop after the two semi finals of the Men’s Shortboard Open.

It was a day filled with lots of action, which Head Judge Keenan Roxburgh wrapped up saying, “In some of the earlier rounds today, we had some of the younger and less experienced surfers taking to the water and with the conditions on offer they were able to really take advantage of the good waves and show of their best surfing.  It was great to see them perform at their best!  Later in the day the conditions started to deteriorate a bit, so even the more experienced surfers like in the final heats of the day were challenged, but that is Mother Nature at work.  Tomorrow we’re hoping for lighter winds, better tides, and some great waves to wrap up the event and crown some champions.”

A definite highlight of the day was the Master’s Division, where the local senior surfers took to the water to the delight of the crowd on the beach, who cheered enthusiastically for the competitors on their good waves and even their bad ones.  When asked why the crowd cheered more for this division than for any other, Chris Hsia from Summer Point who is also judging at the event replied, “These senior guys have been surfing here for a long time and everybody knows them, and they’ve been so passionate about supporting surfing, so people admire and look up to them as role models. Usually they are busy behind the scenes working at these events doing all the jobs that need to be done, so now it’s their time to show their skills and people get really excited.  It’s great to watch and be a part of.”

Tomorrow will see the Women’s and Men’s Longboard Open semifinals, as well as the Junior Semifinals run before getting into the 12 finals of all the divisions.

The Junior surfing will be of particular interest as 6 of the boys and 1 girl will be representing Taiwan later this month in the ISA World Junior Surfing Championships that will take place at Huntington Beach in California.

Finalists in divisions that are already set for tomorrow:

Womens Longboard Final

Yim Wing Suet
Huang Chia Wei 
Yi-Yu Wu
Chung Chi Yao

Masters Final

Chung Yung Chung
Huang Chin Yeh
Eu Gine Chung
Lee Weh Cheng

SUP Final

Cheng-Fu Chu
Huang Chen Hong
Lui Tzu Chiang
Yu-Jung Lin

Mens B Shortboard Final

Peihua Gao
Li Weijie
Yi Ho Liu
Chia-Chi Yu

Mens Bodyboard Final

Yanase Kenji
Lien-Chin Hsieh
Bevan Langley
Ming-Feng Chen

Women’s Bodyboard Final

Kuei Hsien Lin
Lin Chia Yu
Young-Wie Wang
Yi-Chen Yu

Women’s Shortboard Open Final

Pan Mei Shin
Chuang Yun
Chung Yun-Jung
Chen Chi-Chieh

Men’s Open Shortboard Final

Kuo Heng Liang
Fu-Cheng Chang
Pan Wen-Jie
Pan Hai Hsin

Competition will commence tomorrow morning at 8 am, and is expected to conclude between 2 and 3 pm depending upon 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. 
You can follow it here: https://www.liveheats.com/events/1090
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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.
Th event is organized and sanctioned by:  TORSA (Taiwan Ocean Recreation and Sports Association) and the ASC (Asian Surf Cooperative).