2015 Taiwan Open of Surfing attracts world champions

World surfing champions such as Taylor Jensen and Chelsea Williams are part of the 70-odd surfers from around the world who have been attracted to the 2015 Taiwan Open of Surfing that will take place in Taitung County in eastern Taiwan, which boasts stable and beautiful waves that are recognized by the World Surfing League (WSL) as among the best in the world. The WSL has listed the waves off Jinzun in the same class as those in the United States, Australia, Japan, Malaysia, Bali and Thailand, particularly when seasonal northeasterly winds are blowing. World longboard champions Taylor Jensen, Harley Ingleby and Chelsea Williams -- who holds the 2014 world title -- will be competing in the event Nov. 26-29, organizers said. French longboarder Crystal Dzigas, winner of the Hawaii world championship, and Takumi Nakamura, Japan's top-ranked surfer at the age of just 19, will be joined by American Kai Hing, Australian Nic Jones and other renowned professionals at the event. Top surfers from 13 countries, including Australia, Costa Rica, France, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, Peru, the United Kingdom and the United States, have registered for Taiwan's top surfing event, according to the Taitung County government, which is the main organizer. The 2015 Taiwan Open of Surfing, which carries a purse of NT$2 million (US$313,000), is a recognized WSF QS1500 event, which is tantamount to a 3-star event in the old rating system, higher than previous 1-star events in Taiwan. As Taiwan's only surfing event that is officially part of the WSL world circuit, it is expected to greatly elevate the level and broaden the horizon of Taiwan's surfing, the organizers said. With so many big names in world surfing circles participating, fans are looking forward to a most exciting event that will very probably be written into the most brilliant chapter in the history of Taiwan surfing, the organizers said. (Courtesy of CNA)