First WQS Event To Kick Off In China as part of the World Surf League (formerly ASP)
(Top Image – Frankie Harrer (USA), Laura Enever (AUS), Malia Ward (USA) and Dimity Stoyle (AUS) seeing the sights Wanning, Hainan, China. Image: WSL/Will H-S)
72 of the world’s best surfers have arrived in Wanning, China to compete in the first event of the World Qualifying Series Tour as part of the newly rebranded WSL World Surfers League, formerly the ASP Association of Surfing Professionals.
The Samsung Galaxy Hainan Pro presented by Wanning will be held at a left hand point break at Riyue Bay after the success of the Longboard World Championships in December.
Hawaii’s Tatiana Weston-Webb will begin her rookie year on the World Championship Tour with the Roxy Pro but is competing in China to kick off her competitive year. As a goofy-footer Tatiana will have the forehand advantage at Riyue Bay to make the most out of the long wave.
“2015 feels like it’s going to be a good year and I’m excited to start my campaign in China,” Weston-Webb said. “I decided I was going to do this event because I love to compete and when I heard there was a contest in China I knew I had to come. If I get a good start to the year it will be good for my confidence and I’m really excited to see this wave fire up.”
It’s great to see new events on the tour and we can’t wait to see how the first event of the year will go and which surfers will have a boost to surfing in 2015. Stay tuned for updates.
About the World Surf League
The World Surf League (WSL) organizes the annual tour of professional surf competitions and broadcasts each event live at WorldSurfLeague.com where you can experience the athleticism, drama and adventure of competitive surfing — anywhere and anytime it’s on. The WSL sanctions and operates the following tours: the Junior Tour, Longboard Tour, the Qualifying Series (QS), the Big Wave Tour and the crown jewel of the sport, the WSL Championship Tour (CT) which determines the sport’s undisputed world champions. The organization is headquartered in Santa Monica, California with Commercial Offices in New York. The offices are supported by regional centers in Africa, Asia, Australasia, Europe, Hawaii, North America and South America.