Nikki Van Dijk: green light for the 2014 ASP World Tour

Nikki Van Dijk, Dimity Stoyle, Alessa Quizon and Johanne Defay have secured a place in the 2014 ASP Women's World Championship Tour, after the completion of the 2013 Star Tour.


Nikki Van Dijk officially joins the elite ASP Top 17 for next season, after winning the 2013 Pantin Classic Pro.

"I definitely look up to Steph Gilmore, Carissa, Sally and all of them," Van Dijk admitted. "I cannot wait to surf against them again, I've been a wildcard in a couple of events but this time it's for real !", says Van Dijk.

Dimity Stoyle has automatically qualified for the World Championship Tour as well, after finishing runner-up in Pantin, Spain.

"I'm so excited, it's been a busy year and to finish the last event of the year with a final is so great," Stoyle said. "I got my first ever win in Newcastle earlier this year and I had to finish it off. Spain is beautiful, I'm so happy and I can't wait for next year ! The waves were great today, we definitely scored the best conditions of the event."

Alessa Quizon consolidated her place in the Top 5 of the World Rankings, synonym of a World Championship Tour inception next season. Quizon will join forces alongside other fellow Hawaiian big names Carissa Moore, Coco Ho, Alana Blanchard and Malia Manuel when the 2014 season kicks off.

"I'm a little bit tired right now, but super stoked that I've made it this far," Quizon commented. "An event win is the only thing missing but hopefully next year I can change that. It all hasn't settled in yet but I'm super excited for next year, I've heard that qualifying now is the best time with all the new changes in ASP and the tour."

If Malia Manuel and/or Paige Hareb finish in the Top 10 on the ASP Women's WCT rankings, then Tatiana Weston-Webb followed by Alizee Arnaud will have the opportunity to join the women’s elite.

The ASP WCT fate of Ado - should she fall outside the Top 10 and need to use her world ranking qualification - could also affect the qualification status of Defay.

Final 2013 ASP Women's World Ranking Top 10:

1. Malia Manuel (HAW) *
2. Dimity Stoyle (AUS)
3. Courtney Conlogue (USA) */**
4. Alessa Quizon (HAW)
5. Nikki Van Dijk (AUS)
6. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) */**
7. Pauline Ado (FRA) */**
8. Paige Hareb (NZL) *
9. Johanne Defay (FRA)
10. Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) */**

* Current ASP Top 17 surfer
** ASP Top 17 surfer currently qualifying via the ASP WCT rankings.