- 18 November 2013 | Surfing
Jun Shiiba is the first surfer to win an ASP-sanctioned event in Taiwan, at the Taiwan Open of Surfing.
The Japanese surfer defeated fellow countryman Yujiro Tsuji in the final, the most exciting heat of the entire event. Shiiba and Tsuji both posted excellent scores in a classic goofy verse regular battle, and with only five minutes to go Shiiba was in second position needing a solid score to win.
He waiting for a set and unloaded a barrage of hooks and carving turns and a monster air-reverse, netting an 8.30, and his second ASP World Tour event win.
"This is unbelievable! Shiiba I'm surprised that I won and I am so happy! There are a lot of good surfers at this event and I am so happy to win. I just tried to focus on catching all of the good waves", says Shiiba.
"I was watching all of the other heats and I saw that to win you have to wait for the best waves. It's very windy, but the surf is still really good and the wind was good for airs which helped me win. I love Taiwan, I'll be back next year!"
Tsuji used his lightning fast backhand attack to advance into the Final, but fell just short of the win and was forced to settle for a runner-up finish.
Tsuji scored an 8.17 for a series of fast and powerful turns in the pocket, but he couldn't find a good backup score and lost with a two-wave heat-total of 14.04 to Shiiba's 16.97.
"I really enjoyed the final I was trying not to think about who was winning I just wanted to focus one wave at a time. Jun did some big aerials and he is a great surfer, I am happy for him"
Taiwan Open of Surfing Final:
Jun Shiiba (JPN), 16.97 def. 2ND Yujiro Tsuji (JPN), 14.04