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Wave Park Surf League completes first-of-its-kind season in Korea

The inaugural 2022 Wave Park Surf League (WSPL) hosted by Wave Park came to a dramatic conclusion after several events, closing with a ceremony to applaud the winners and award prizes. This first surf league series was held over a 10-week period from May 21st to August 7th, with a total of 125 surfers entering the mix.

The series is Korea’s first league-type surfing competition. It was started to spread the word about Korea’s marine sports culture and at the same time contribute to the promotion of surfing as a healthy leisure activity.

After being judged via video by a panel of ASC (Asian Surf Co.) judges after each session during the 10 weeks, at the end of the series it was Kanoa winning the Men’s Shortboard Division, Lee Nala taking first in the Women’s Shortboard Division, Kim Dongkyun is the Men’s Longboard Champion, Park Soo-Jin the Women’s Longboard Champion, and in the Beginner Men’s it was Gye Min-Seok taking the win, and Lee Su-Jeong in the Beginner Women’s won the top spot.

1st place in the Shortboard and Longboard Divisions received a prize of 5 million KRW (approximately $3,700 USD) and a Wave Park Annual Pass for 2023, and 1st place in the beginner division received 1 million KRW (approximately $750 USD) in prize money, a surfboard (hard board), and three private Wave Park coaching lessons.

The stoked crew who made the first Wave Park Surf League season a reality.

The 1st WSPL 2022 awards ceremony was held on the 14th of August and was attended by Choi Hyo-seop, the General President of Daewon Plus Group (the parent company of Wave Park), and the sponsors and WPSL competitors.

One of the surfers who joined the WPSL said, “Joining in the first league-type surfing competition in Korea was an unforgettable event, not only for improving my skills but also from the cheering and supporting from the galleries. In the ocean, it depends on the waves and my body condition as the competition can be held in just 1 day, but in this league it was nice to have several opportunities for more chances if I made a mistake.”

A Wave Park official said, “This 2022 WPSL was the first league-type tournament held in Korea, so there were many difficulties along the way, but we would like to thank the competitors and our partners who supported us, so that we could successfully stage this event. Thank you!”

Innaugural WPSL Awards for 2022

Shortboard Men:
Kanoa (1st place),
Seol Jae-Ung (2nd place),
Yun Do-hoon (3rd place)

Shortboard Women:
Lee Nala (1st place),
Im Su-jeong (2nd place),
Kim Vi-ju (3rd place)

Longboard Men:
Kim Dong-kyun (1st place),
Yu Dong-cheon (2nd place),
Lee Kwang-soo (3rd place)

Longboard Women:
Park Soo-jin (1st place),
Kim Ye-lee (2nd place),
Lim Ji-won (3rd place)

Beginner Men:
Gye Min-seok (1st place),
Kwon Jin-sang (2nd place),
Park Byeong-gun (3rd place)

Beginner Women:
Lee Su-jeong (1st place),
Shin Seo-ha (2nd place),
Kim Su-jeong (3rd place)

Photo by Melvin Palmiano