The 2015 Taiwan Open of Surfing, organized by Taitung County Government, took place this year in Taitung Jinzun on November 26.
Over 60 of the world’s best surfers came from Australia, Japan, Hawaii, France, Brazil, the United Kingdom, and other regions, to compete for world standings and the largest surfing tournament prize in the history of Taiwan—a total prize amount worth NTD 2 million dollars. The number of world surfing champions that arrived in Taiwan was unprecedented, making the 2015 Open an exciting contest between the world’s champions and top surfers. The Taitung County Government also openly called for Taiwanese surfers to enter the competition for a chance to win a place for Taiwan in the world rankings.
The month of November has brought strong northeastern winds from winter monsoons that can generate six-star waves for surfing around Taiwan. In addition, the Taiwan Open of Surfing, which is now in its fourth consecutive year, has elevated Taitung Jinzun to the world stage, becoming a prime destination for world-class surfers and drawing them to challenge the marvelous waves each year. This year’s competition system rating has been raised to WSL QS1500, which is equivalent to a three-star tournament according to the former competition system (with a maximum of six-stars, the previous Taiwan Open of Surfing was only rated one-star).
The fine waves of Taitung have received much praise from international long board champions that have participated in tournaments over the years. Apart from Long Board World Champion Taylor Jensen and Women’s Long Board World Champion Chelsea Williams, this year’s participants also include the French Long Board Champion and Hawaiian Long Board World Championship Finalist Crystal Dzigas, Australia’s most popular young professional surf group, and the youth short board professionals Kai Hing, Luke Hynd, Kelly Noris, Nic Jones, plus the top-ranked JPSA surfer in Japan, 19 year-old Nakamura Takukumi, as well as the top ten Japanese surfers. This is the largest ever surfing event in the history of Taiwan, gathering top international and local surfers in Taitung Jinzun for an exciting Fall competition!