Photo courtesy of Taiwan Open of Surfing
Taipei, March 14 (CNA) The Taitung County government in southeastern Taiwan has signed an agreement with the World Surf League (WSL) to host the World Men's and Women's Longboard Championships for 2017.
Taitung Magistrate Justin Huang (黃健庭), who is currently visiting Australia, sealed the agreement Monday at Snapper Rocks on the Gold Coast. Taiwan's Representative to Brisbane Lai Wei-zhong (賴維中) attended the ceremony to witness the signing, according to the county government.
The championships will be held in the Jinzun coastal area from Nov. 23 to Dec. 3., the county government said in a statement released that day.
The statement cited Huang as saying that it is an honor for Taitung, which has served as one of the WSL tournament tour destinations for several years, to be granted the right to host the world championships.
"It pushes Taiwan's international surfing brand to a new level," Huang said, predicting that having the world championships in Taitung will help boost the development of industries related to surfing in the county.
(By Tyson Lu and Elizabeth Hsu)