ASP Big Wave World Tour

Huge day for the big wave industry, as the ASP merges with  The Big wave would tour, taking big wave surfing to the next level. what does all this mean? Bigger sponsors, more prize money, worlds best competitors.

LOS ANGELES, California/USA (Wednesday, May 29, 2013) – The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) International is pleased to announce the acquisition of the global Big Wave World Tour (BWWT), with arrangements for support in 2013 and formal sanctioning commencing in 2014.

The Big Wave World Tour is now part of the ASP family.

The Big Wave World Tour is now part of the ASP family.

“We are very pleased to have finalized the deal between the ASP and the Big Wave World Tour,” Paul Speaker, ASP CEO, said. “The competitors on the BWWT are some of the fiercest and most-respected watermen on the planet and we are eager about the opportunity to take their tour to the next level. This arrangement also allows the world’s best surfers on the ASP World Championship Tour (WCT) to compete in big-wave events moving forward. 2014 will be an exciting year on all fronts.”

Currently servicing six international big wave events in Pichilemu/Chile, Punta Hermosa/Peru, Lincoln City/Oregon, Half Moon Bay/California, Baja California/Mexico and Punta Galea/Spain the Big Wave World Tour was founded by Gary Linden and pits the world’s best big wave surfers against the elements in some of the most intense venues on the planet.

“The Big Wave World Tour is thrilled to be joining the ASP family,” Gary Linden said. “ASP run the best events in the world and we’re thrilled to have their support and guidance as we continue to build the platform of big wave surfing. We also look forward to seeing some of the world’s best surfers tackle some of the world’s biggest waves in the coming years.”

The new-found arrangement between the ASP and the BWWT will allow for top ASP surfers such as 11-time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater (USA), 41, reigning ASP World Champion Joel Parkinson (AUS), 32, Hawaiian phenom John John Florence (HAW), 20, amongst others to join respected BWWT surfers like Greg Long (USA), 28, Grant Baker (ZAF), 40, and Carlos Burle (BRA), 45, in competition with waves in the 25-foot-and-above range.

“The Big Wave World Tour is a great addition to the Association of Surfing Professionals,” Kieren Perrow, ASP Commissioner, said. “It adds another dimension to the sport and will make it significantly easier for ASP Top 34 surfers to compete in big-wave events. We have the utmost respect for the athletes on the BWWT and we really look forward to working with them.”

The acquisition of the Big Wave World Tour will complement the current ASP tours of the men’s and women’s ASP World Championship Tour, the ASP World Junior Tours, ASP World Longboard Tours and regional tours around the globe.

The Big Wave World Tour is currently on high alert for a possible run of the Quiksilver Ceremonial at Pichilemu in Chile in the coming days.

For more information, log onto www.aspworldtour.com

ASP World Title Possibilities Heading into Season-Ending Billabong Pipe Masters

The ASP World Title will come down to the Billabong Pipe Masters. Parko, Slater, Fanning, who needs to get what result to take home the title?

ASP World Title Possibilities Heading into Season-Ending Billabong Pipe Masters

Event No. 9 of 10 on the 2012 ASP World Championship Tour (WCT), the O’Neill Coldwater Classic at Santa Cruz’s Steamer Lane, has been completed and won by Taj Burrow (AUS), 34.

Heading into the final event of the season, the Billabong Pipe Masters, three surfers remain mathematically in contention for the 2012 ASP World Title: Joel Parkinson (AUS), 31, Kelly Slater (USA), 40, and Mick Fanning (AUS), 31.

Due to the altered format for the Billabong Pipe Masters, all three surfers will automatically be seeded into Round 3 of competition and finish no worse than Equal 13th (1750 points).

ASP WCT surfers’ year-end rankings are based off their top eight finishes from the 10 ASP WCT events in 2012.

As Parkinson is the current rankings leader on the ASP WCT, the following ASP World Title scenarios will be based on his potential finishes at Pipeline.

If Parkinson finishes 13th, 9th or 5th at the Billabong Pipe Masters:

  • Slater needs a 5th or higher to take the 2012 ASP World Title.
  • Fanning needs to win at Pipeline to take the 2012 ASP World Title. (*Contingent upon Slater finishing 5th or Lower at Pipeline.)

If Parkinson finishes Equal 3rd at the Billabong Pipe Masters:

  • Slater needs a 3rd or higher to take the 2012 ASP World Title.
  • Fanning needs to win at Pipeline to take the 2012 ASP World Title. (*Contingent upon Slater finishing 5th or Lower at Pipeline.)

If Parkinson finishes 2nd at the Billabong Pipe Masters:

  • Slater needs to win at Pipeline to take the 2012 ASP World Title.
  • Fanning cannot win the 2012 ASP World Title.

If Parkinson wins the Billabong Pipe Masters, he will take the 2012 ASP World Title.

Full ASP WCT possibilities for Pipeline can be accessed HERE

The Billabong Pipe Masters, the third jewel of the Vans Hawaiian Triple Crown of Surfing, will be run from December 8 – 20, 2012.

2012 ASP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TOUR RESULTS:

Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast: Taj Burrow (AUS)
Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach: Mick Fanning (AUS)
Billabong Rio Pro: John John Florence (HAW)
Volcom Fiji Pro: Kelly Slater (USA)
Billabong Pro Tahiti: Mick Fanning (AUS)
Hurley Pro at Trestles: Kelly Slater (USA)
Quiksilver Pro France: Kelly Slater (USA)
Rip Curl Pro Portugal: Julian Wilson (AUS)
O’Neill Coldwater Classic: Taj Burrow (AUS)
Billabong Pipe Masters: TBD

WHO DO YOU THINK WILL WIN?, LET US KNOW IN THE COMMENTS BELOW

Real talk with Kelly Slater

During the Nike US Open of Surfing, Kelly Slater sat down with Sal Masekela at the Shorebreak Hotel and had a very, very candid discussion. This is the footage of that discussion, in which Kelly talks about many different things like Dane Reynolds, Twitter, sunscreen and more. He offers some excellent insights. Kelly’s thoughtfulness and articulation make him a very good interview subject.

kelly slater interview

The Interview shed an entirely new light on a man that has been idolizing for years and in the process made me think about how I really feel when it comes to the state of the “sport” as it currently sits. Kelly states that he “doesn’t care what happens to competitive arena of surfing”. This is a bit of a contradiction given that Slates has made nearly his entire career on the back of the contest scene.

But with that being said it is also no secret that he is less than happy with what has been happening to the World Championship format and it’s direction for future athletes. He talks about the comparison with surfing to the NFL, NBA or other governing bodies in the mainstream sports and how no other elite level athletics depend so heavily on the money coming in from sponsors.

 

The man seems content to just surf, which works because he has mountains of money to fall back on. But he quotes Dane Reynolds in the interview who definitely shares a mindset with the likes of the aforementioned surf enthusiasts.

So take from this video what you will, but what I am going to do with the new-found insight is continue to sculpt and shape my ideas of surfing on a regular basis. Because knowledge is power, and growth is a thing of beauty. So Kelly and Sal, while I may be jealous and envious of you now I am incredibly thankful for the fact that you continue to teach me with everything you are doing to move this lifestyle forward.

 

Tell us what you think about what kelly has to say… below

 

ASP introduces drug testing & ASP CEO resigns after Kelly Slater title miscalculation

The ASP will introduce drug testing of athletes from next year.

The decision was made at an ASP board meeting in San Francisco yesterday.

Drugs have been a presence in surfing ever since the world’s best surfers embraced the drop-out counterculture of the 1960s, creating a schism about whether surfing is a competitive or creative pursuit.

Many great surfers died or failed to achieve their potential as a result. Last year, one of the greatest surfers ever, three times world champion Andy Irons, died alone in a hotel room with a cocktail of drugs in his veins, days after prematurely withdrawing form a contest in Puerto Rico.

The ASP has denied having any knowledge of Irons’ drug problem, despite it being the worst kept secret int he sport.

CEO of The ASP Resigns ofter Kelly Slaters Premature title crowing

The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) announced today that it has accepted the resignation of CEO Brodie Carr, effective December 31 of this year.

Mr. Carr has tendered his resignation as CEO on the heels of the premature crowning of Kelly Slater as the 2011 ASP World Champion last week in San Francisco.

“It is my duty to accept responsibility for the recent calculation error that resulted in the premature crowning of Kelly Slater’s 11th ASP World Title,” Brodie Carr said. “The determination of the ASP World Title is the most important moment in professional surfing. Ultimately, the responsibility for every activity within ASP lies with me. Therefore, I have elected to resign my position as CEO.”

Richard Grellman, Independent Chairman of the ASP Board, will temporarily act as Executive Chairman while a global search for a new CEO is undertaken.

“The Board of Directors met today and reluctantly accepted the resignation of Brodie Carr,” Richard Grellman said. “We would like to recognize his valuable contribution over the last six years and wish him every success in the future.”

Slater, who officially confirmed his 2011 ASP World Title on Sunday at Ocean Beach, will join the remainder of the ASP Top 34 at the 11th and final event of the 2011 ASP World Title season, the Billabong Pipe Masters, from December 8 – 20, 2011.

For more information, log onto www.aspworldtour.com

Article Credits: http://www.theaustralian.com.au