- 14 January 2014 | Surfing
The rankings for the ASP World Championship Tour (WCT) and the ASP Qualification Series (QS) will be separated.
The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) has announced drastic changes in the 2014 surfing season, regarding ranking systems for the Dream Tour and the ASP Qualification Series.
The Dream Tour results will be counting exclusively to the ASP WCT rankings, and ASP Prime and Star results will be counting exclusively to the ASP QS rankings, leaving last year's combined ranking system.
"The tweaks and alterations that have been made to the technical aspects of the sport over the past several years have been done so with one guiding principle – create a fair and balanced platform for the world’s best surfing to be rewarded", says Kieren Perrow, ASP Commissioner.
"The combined ranking served a purpose throughout its time on tour, but the Commissioner's Office believes that a separated ranking is the best path forward".
This change will alter the qualification process for the elite 2015 ASP WCT, but the makeup of the ASP Top 34 will remain the same:
2015 ASP Top 34:
Top 22 finishers on the 2014 ASP WCT rankings (best 9 of 11 WCT results)
Top 10 finishers on the 2014 ASP QS rankings (best 5 of all QS results)
Two ASP Wildcards
Serving in Deputy Commissioner roles will be Jessi Miley-Dyer and Peter Mel.
The Office of the Commissioner will be supported by ASP WCT Manager Renato Hickel, long-standing ASP Tour Manager Al Hunt, the ASP Judging Team helmed by Head Judge Richie Porta, surfer representatives across all disciplines, as well as key personnel in other departments.
The 2014 ASP World Championship Tour (WCT) season kicks off in the Gold Coast, from March 1st-10th, 2014.