COOLANGATTA, Queensland/Australia (Friday, October 21, 2011) – ASP World Tour Manager and multi-decade veteran of the the ASP Renato Hickel has offered the the first two portions of his insights into the radical transitions that the sport has undergone in the past 24 months, and now we’re prepared for number three. Spawned in the ASP Board Meetings of October 2009, these transitions dealt specifically with the system for determining the world’s best surfers who would ultimately decide the undisputed ASP World Champion. In August of 2010, we reduced the number of elite-level surfers from 45 down to 34 and introduced the current 36-man event format. In December of 2010, we used a bridge qualifying criteria which took a select number of surfers directly off the ASP World Title rankings and another select number of surfers directly off the ASP World Rankings.
Commencing in 2011, this transition took full flight with the launching of the ASP World Rankings and the rolling 52-week determination of an individual surfer’s ranking. In August of this year, the ASP completed its first official rotation of the ASP Top 34 with newcomers Gabriel Medina (BRA), 17, Miguel Pupo (BRA), 19, John John Florence (HAW), 19, and Travis Logie (ZAF), 32, becoming full-fledged members of the ASP Top 34 beginning with the Hurley Pro at Trestles. The ASP Technical Committee, comprised of surfers, events and ASP administrators, has been monitoring the situation closely and will continue to do so. Renato Hickel was kind enough to offer his perspective on a number of questions that will be provided in segments and here’s the third one. This…is the story…
Number of Newcomers Per Rotation:
We have four new surfers integrated the elite ASP Top 34 from this recent midyear Rotation. Taking into consideration that with the previous system (CT/QS), we averaged an exchange of 10 new surfers out of 45 per year (22% annually) –> to exchange four out of 34 in a six-month period (11% semi-annually which is on par for 22% annually) is exactly the same as the previous system.
Here, I would like to bring to your attention that the quantity is not really the main objective behind any designed system, rather the quality of the eventual new surfers on the Elite. We will likely have Rotations with more than four surfers and others with less, all pending on the success of established ASP Top 34 and the newcomers able to obtain the necessary points on offer. As examples, John John Florence, Willian Cardoso and Granger Larsen could easily have made into this Rotation with QF births in Star events throughout the European leg. John John didn’t even enter the European events (basically did half year of results) but had still enough points to be the first surfer in with the relinquished position of Yadin Nicol. William Cardoso and Granger Larsen simply didn’t perform in Europe.
The opportunities are absolutely there for those who wish to pursue them.