South Korea debuts international pro surfing contest

April 16, 2012 | Surfing
Jeju Island: South Korean surfing paradise

Murasaki Quiksilver Open of Surfing will be the first ever official surfing event in South Korea and will take place at Jeju Island’s Mun Beach from June 14th-19th, 2012.

"The announcement of ASP Japan’s partnering with Murasaki Sports and Quiksilver on the forthcoming South Korean event is indicative of ASP’s goal to expand and develop professional surfing in these regions," Matt Wilson, ASP International Event Director, said.

"We had great success last year and early this season with events in China and the entire Asia region has excellent potential in terms of world-class waves and developing world-class athletes."

The announcement comes at a fortunate time for the ASP Japan region as both they and the entire Asian surfing community look to rebuild after the natural disasters of 2011.

"We are delighted to announce the holding of the ASP 2-Star Murasaki Quiksilver Open of Surfing event on Jeju Island in Korea," Tosh Omi, ASP Japan General Manager, said.

"We have heard that Jeju Island has great potential for waves during this season and we give big credit to the Murasaki Sports for their vision for surfing in this region and their history of supporting professional surfing".

Murasaki Sports has been supporting surfing events in the Republic of Korea for a decade now, and 2012 will mark the first year that the event will be officially sanctioned by the ASP.

“We hope the surfing culture continues to grow in South Korea and someday be well-known worldwide. As an international event for 2012, we hope it will be held annually and be a part of the international calendar. We hope we can introduce to the world the high-quality waves that Jeju Island have on offer to the world", says Mr. Shimada, Murasaki Sports Marketing Manager.

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