Pacitan to host international surfing competition
Pacitan regency is slated to host an international surfing competition titled Pacitan Pro 2017 at Watu Karung Beach on Aug. 16-20.
“This championship is part of Asian Surfing Championships Men’s QS1000 tour that will be joined by several Qualifying Series surfers,” said Pacitan Tourism, Youth and Sports Agency head Wasi Prayitno.
“Male and female surfers will compete to get an additional of 1,000 points for their WSL QS ranking,” Wasi added.
“A research conducted by Repucom in 2014 states that surfing tops the list for the most loyal audience, followed by Nascar, Major League Baseball, NBA and National Football League. Therefore these international surfers are expected to bring audience to Indonesia,” said Tourism Minister Arief Yahya.
Starting next year, the ministry plans to hold 10 surfing competitions in different parts of Indonesia.
“We’re coordinating with World Surf League, Regional Manager Asia, and Indonesia Wave Surfing Association to hold 10 regional surfing competitions in 10 places in Indonesia. The ultimate goal is for the World Surf League to be held in Mentawai, West Sumatra in 2019,” Arief added.
The regency will also host Pacitan Geopark Fair that showcases local products, culture, and arts, as well as traditional food and a running competition.
A focus group meeting will held at the beach on Oct. 6 joined by 10 regents who will host the regional surfing competitions.
The chosen 10 locations include Mentawai Islands, Western Coast, South Nias, Pacitan, Batu Karas, Canggu in Bali, Kearamas in Bali, Maluk, Dompu and Rote. (kes)
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