Frequently Asked Questions
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What is the ASP?
The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) is the governing body of professional surfing. Crowning surfing’s undisputed world champions since 1976, the ASP sanctions the following tours: the ASP World Tour (consisting of the ASP World Title Race, the ASP PRIME events and the ASP Star events), the ASP Women’s World Tour, the ASP World Longboard Tour and the ASP World Junior Tour. The ASP is dedicated to showcasing the world’s best surfing talent in a variety of progressive formats and has revolutionized the way the world watches surfing via their webcasts. The organization is divided into seven different regions: Africa, Asia, Australasia, Europe, Hawaii, North America, and South America.
How do ratings work in 2010 and beyond?
In 2010, ASP made changes to the way the male surfers qualify for and gain ranking points towards the ASP World Title.
The ASP World Tour and ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS) are no more as such, being combined in terms of rankings under the umbrella “ASP World Tour” banner, and distinguished through the “ASP World Title Race” and the “ASP World Rankings”.
The ASP World Title Race consists initially of 45 surfers fighting it out for points to decide the undisputed ASP World Champion. These 45 surfers all compete in the first five events of the year (Gold Coast, Bells Beach, Brazil, J-Bay and Tahiti) and then the Top 32 seeds move on into the second half of the year from Hurley Pro at Trestles to the Billabong Pro at Pipeline.
The surfer with the most points from just the ASP World Title Race events will be crowned the 2010 ASP Men’s World Champion. This will also be the system for every year to come in deciding the ASP World Champion.
In addition to the ASP World Title events, the ASP World Tour will encompass the former ASP WQS, running events from ASP 1-Star through 6-Star to PRIME as it was previously.
This will allow ASP to have a continual rankings based on a surfers best 8 results, which will be used to select and seed surfers into the ASP World Title events plus ASP 1- 6 Star and PRIME events.
After 12 months, previously counting best 8 events are replaced by current events. This means that a surfer may have been counting his result from the Quiksilver Pro in February all year until it gets replaced the following year by the surfer’s next best 8th result. You CANNOT count events for more than 12 months and once the same event has run the previous points are replaced by the new points even if they are worth less.
2010 will also be a transition year with a couple of minor differences to what it will be instituted from 2011 onwards.
The differences are that the ASP Men’s World Title 32 seeded surfers for 2011 will be the 2010 Top 22 plus the next 10 based on the ASP World Tour Rankings as of end of the Billabong Pipeline Pro in December, along with two wild cards selected by ASP.
During 2011, there will be changes to the ASP World Title Race selected surfers, with the Top 32 from the ASP World Tour Rankings being selected after a yet to be determined number of events.
If ASP decides to have two, three or four changeovers, it would work like this:
Say ASP decides to have three changeover dates during the year, then after the third event, the previous Top 32 would be replaced by the current Top 32 on the ASP World Rankings. These 32 may still be the same or they could be slightly different with a handful or more new faces. No one knows the exact number, but for sure, any newcomer if they have great results can break into the ASP World Title Race events at any time and not have to slave on the previous WQS for at least one year. Fast tracking those that are good enough is what it is all about.
To summarize, in 2010 things are pretty similar to previous years with the exception of adding the ASP World Title event points to a new ASP World Tour Rankings using all previous WQS events.
From 2011 onwards, this new ASP World Ranking will decide who gets to compete in the ASP World Title events and eventually decide the ASP World Champion. These ASP World Rankings also decide the selection order and seeding for all men’s events from ASP World Title through PRIME to 1-Star.
ASP is excited about these changes and look forward to them until such time a better format comes about and you can rest assured ASP will change when that time comes to remain at the forefront of progressive thinking.
Who can win the ASP World Title?
Anyone of the ASP Top 34 surfers that were invited at the start of the 2012 season. The one with the most points at the end of the year is the undisputed ASP World Champion.
Will there be any changes to ASP World Title invited surfers during the year?
The Top 45 will be cut back to 32 at the end of the 5th event. These 32 are the highest 32 seeds on the ASP World Title Rankings.
Will ASP World Tour surfers be able to break into the ASP World Title events during 2010?
No, only during 2011 tour will there be changeover periods. The number of changeover periods is yet to be decided.
What happened to the ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS)?
The WQS has been replaced by a Star and PRIME events. Events range in progressive importance from 1-Star through 6-Star to PRIME.
What events can be used to count towards rankings?
The best 8 of all 10 ASP World Title events count towards the ASP World Title Rankings and best 8 of all 10 ASP World Title plus all 1-6 Star and PRIME count towards the ASP World Rankings.
Do ASP World Title event seed replacements and wildcards get to use their results towards their ASP World Rankings?
ASP World Title replacement seeds can use the results, but wildcards cannot.
Who will contest the ASP World Title events in 2011?
The Top 22 from the end of 2010 ASP World Title Rankings will automatically start the 2011 year as ASP World Title event seeds. These 22, along with the Top 10 from the ASP World Tour Rankings (combined World Title and 1-6 Star and PRIME results) plus two ASP wildcards will start the 2011 year.
Why have an ASP World Tour Ranking?
The ASP World Tour Ranking after the first 12 months will be used to decide who makes the cut into the ASP World Title events, decide the seeding order for all events plus who gets into 1-6 Star and PRIME events. If any event is oversubscribed as of the closing date, then the ASP World Tour Rankings are used to decide who gets into the event, along with a few exceptions like defending champions, event wildcards and ASP World Junior wildcards if applicable.
When do ASP World Tour event results get replaced?
The best 8 ASP World Tour event results are replaced when a surfer betters their 8th lowest score or an event becomes more than 12 months old. No results can be used for more than 12 months.
What is priority and how does it work?
Prority is mandatory in all one-on-one heats. The surfer with priority has unconditional right of way for both directions on the wave selected. The surfer without priority cannot take off on the same wave as the priority surfer, regardless of direction of distance between them, unless the surfer without priority does not hinder the scoring potential of the surfer with priority, in which case the surfer without priority will score a zero. At the start of the heat once the first wave has been ridden, the remaining surfer in the lineup gets automatic priority. A surfer will lose priority once they catch a wave and their hands leave the rails as they attempt to stand up. In the event that both surfers catch waves to the inside, the first surfer to reach the lineup will be awarded priority. Priority is indicated by colored discs at the event site.
The priority rule serves several purposes. First and foremost, the priority rule attempts to eliminate hassling for waves. Without priority, surfers would have nothing to keep them from fighting for waves with their fellow competitors. The priority rule allows surfers to focus more on their surfing performance instead of hassling their opponents. Secondly, the priority rule makes judging easier by deterring surfers from taking off on the same wave. With the encouragement of one surfer per wave, the judges can focus better on each individual ride. Finally, the priority rule allows for a tactical element to exist in competitive surfing. Surfers tend to become much more selective of their wave choice in order to retain priority for the optimal amount of scoring. The priority rule doesn’t exist in Round 1 of the ASP World Title competitions because Round 1 heats have three surfers. The priority rule was made for head-to-head surfing which doesn’t take place until the second round. The priority rule was instituted in the mid 1980′s and has been modified over the years to keep abreast of competitive surfing.
What is a waiting period?
The waiting period is the allotted time in which event organizers can run their event. Having a waiting period that is longer than the time needed to finish competition allows organizers to be selective when running their heats. This gives both the surfers and spectators the benefit of having the event ran in the best possible conditions.
What does it mean when an event is mobile?
If an event is “mobile”, it has the ability to run at a variety of locations in order give the surfers optimal conditions (ie. wave size and shape, tide, wind, etc.) for competing. A mobile event will actually go “mobile” when conditions at the intended site have been assessed by a joint committee of surfers and event organizers, and a decision is made to move the competition site.
Are all events mobile?
No. Not all events have the capacity for going mobile. The non-mobile events are most often at prime or exotic locations and will offer the most desired surf in the area. As far as the men’s ASP World Title events goe, the mobile events are: the Gold Coast (AUS), Bells Beach (AUS), Santa Catarina (BRA), South West Coast (FRA), Peniche (PRT), and the Search event. Leaving the non-mobile events as: Jeffreys Bay (ZAF), Teahupoo (TAH), Trestles (USA), and Pipeline (HAW).
What is an event wildcard?
An event wildcard is a non-ASP World Tour surfer allowed to compete in the ASP World Tour event. The wildcard is typically awarded by the event sponsor. Awarding of the wildcard can take place through a trials event or through automatic entry at the discretion of the event organizer. Typical candidates for the ASP World Tour Event Wildcard will typically come from the event sponsor’s team, the local area, or both. Not only do these surfers complete the seed list and/or fill in for injured surfers, but they also bring exciting new faces and challenges to the ASP World Tour elite.
What is the judging criteria?
The new ASP judging criteria was rolled out at all events in 2010. Read the judging criteria.
How are waves scored?
Waves are scored on a 1 to 10 scale with 1 being the lowest and 10 being a perfect ride. With the changeover to the two-wave from the three-wave format, surfers are now typically requiring scores in the 8 plus range to advance through their heats making for some fantastic displays of surfing.
How many waves are scored?
All surfers’ scores are the total of their two highest-scored waves. This does not change regardless of which ASP tour they are competing on. By scoring surfers on only two waves (formerly it was three), the level of performance is pushed as surfers attempt for bigger scores. In all ASP PRIME and Star heats and finals and ASP World Tour heats, the maximum number of waves scored is 15.
Does wave scoring differ between the ASP World Title and ASP PRIME or Star events?
No. Wave scoring does not differ between the ASP World Tour and the ASP PRIME and Star events.
What is the ASP Online Membership Management System?
The new ASP Online Membership Management System is an automated online system that allows ASP members to enter and manage their own participation for ASP events. The new system will allow ASP members to register or renew their memberships, enter events, view the seed list, manage membership details, plus a lot more.
Who is responsible for handling payments made via the ASP Online Membership Management System?
ASP Europe is currently responsible for all payments processed through the ASP Online Membership Management System.