Taj Burrow is an outstanding surfer, but we don’t need to tell you that. His surfing really speaks for itself. Taj kills it at home in Australia for just about every contest he surfs in. You can be absolutely sure that when a good swell hits West OZ he’ll be on it.
Timmy Reyes is on a mission in Northern California. Not that traveling within his home state is much of a stretch for him, but sometimes you’ve got to mix things up. Currently Timmy is ranked 75th in the ASP taking 33rd place at the recent Volcom Pipeline event last month. He’s always one to watch for with an uncanny ability to sneak into barrels and make sections that you’d never think were makeable.
Sal walks us through the place where it all began, Huntington Beach, California.
So after Sal cuts off his dreads, he takes us down to the US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach, California. This week long event is held annually and is generally located at the south side of the Huntington Beach Pier. This is the largest surfing competition in the world because it is part of the qualification process for the ASP World Tour and is an ASP Prime event. Sal gets to talk with a few important people including Kelly Slater about what the tour means to them and how they go about preparing for such an event. Good times and good people in this video, Enjoy!
A whole year with Gabriel Medina??? Watch out ASP surfers, this kid is looking for scalps! Photo: ASP
Below is the press release from the ASP announcing the deactivation of the midyear rotation for the 2012 season:
COOLANGATTA, Queensland/AUS (Wednesday, December 28, 2011) – The ASP Board of Directors has voted to deactivate the midyear rotation in 2012, citing scheduling uncertainties as the primary reason.
“This has been an extremely challenging decision for us to make,” Dave Prodan, ASP International spokesman, said. “We believe that the 2011 rotation brought in some incredible talent that proved they deserved to be amongst the world’s best with their performances throughout the back half of the year. However, the instability of the ASP schedule (especially in 2012) makes the concept very difficult to manage. Where would we schedule the rotation? How do we ensure there are fair and balanced opportunities in every rotation for surfers to qualify? As we have been since our inception, we are a sport governed by the surfers for the surfers and it is in this spirit that we have voted to deactivate the midyear rotation in 2012. We believe this decision is best for the upcoming season and we will continue to discuss the future of the rotation within the sport.”
The motion to discontinue the midyear rotation was initially tabled and supported by the surfer stakeholder group, headed by representative and 2012 Billabong Pipe Master Kieren Perrow (AUS), 34.
“The midyear rotation worked out better than we could have imagined this season, but looking ahead, the surfers feel that it will not have the long-term effects desired for the sport,” Perrow said. “This is felt by the majority of the surfers from the very top of the ASP Top 34 to the qualifiers in the Prime and Star events. What we have created is a system in which the very best surfers in the world are currently within the ASP Top 34, but the process of getting there is becoming disorganized. We don’t want that and the decision to not have the midyear rotation in 2012 is the best thing for the sport.”
In one of the most amazing (and luckiest) ASP World Tour events in history, the 2011 Quiksilver Pro New York took East Coast surfing to the next level. With Kelly Slater’s ridiculous aerials, Josh Kerr’s varials, and Owen Wright’s $300k check, this event was one for the history books. For some reason if you missed it or just want remind yourself how freaking awesome it was, check out the event recap video below. The whole thing was shot on a Epic camera by Red Digital Cinema and edited by Vincent and Julie Kardasik. Enjoy!