Australasian Qualifiers Head to GoPro World Longboard Championships China
The world’s best surfers on traditional nine foot plus boards are all preparing for the upcoming GoPro World Longboard Championships, China hosted by Wanning (WLC). Surfers from 12 surfing regions will compete here in China, USA, Hawaii, Brazil, Peru, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Great Britian, France, Chinese Taipei and Japan. ASP Australasia is well represented with 11 female and eight male surfers competing from Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan and China.
Chelsea Williams (Gold Coast, QLD/AUS) fought her way to the top of the podium at Riyue Bay for the inaugural event in 2011, finishing second in the world that year after a two event championship tour. Williams also finished second the past two years at Riyue Bay, but after a win at the Taiwan Open of Surfing Longboard Qualifying Series (LQS) event last week she’s in great form heading into the sport’s most important event.
“It was good to have the Taiwan Open as preparation for China,” Williams said. “It’s good to get the feel of competitive surfing again and get in the right head space. I get to take away things that I need to work on in the break between which is an advantage I think. I like the wave in China, firstly because it’s a left and secondly because it has different sections and you get show your full repertoire.”
Erin Dark (AUS) surfed a stellar competitive year in the LQS events resulting in the ASP offering her a wildcard into this year’s WLC. Dark will be looking to make her mark at the sport’s biggest event and has been training on some rare Gold Coast lefts to prepare for the coming week.
“I have been surfing right hand points for the past two years so when I found out a few weeks ago I got a wildcard into the GoPro WLC I was in search for a left,” Dark said. “I have been lucky enough to score a left hander out the front of my place at Palm Beach recently which I have been surfing as much as possible. My goals for the event are to put in my best effort whilst having fun and I would love to make the top 16 with my ultimate goal being winning the World Longboard Title one day.”
Australasian Women Competing
Chelsea Williams (AUS)
Georgia Young (AUS)
Yu Ying Chou (TPE)
Nava Young (AUS)
Darci Liu (CHN)
Dong Kexin (CHN)
Rosie Locke (AUS)
Sam Suendermann (AUS)
Erin Dark (AUS)
Monica Guo (CHN)
Huang Yingyijnh (CHN)
The GoPro World Longboard Championships China, hosted by Wanning will run from Dec 5 – 12. News, live scores, results, images and video highlights available via http://www.aspworldtour.com/events/2014/mlt/1028/gopro-world-longboard-championship-china-presented-by-wanning