- 29 July 2009 | Surfing
Stemming from the unparalleled success of the Billabong ASP World Junior Championships, ASP International will be instituting the world’s first ASP World Junior Tour, commencing in 2010.
The proposed, three-event ASP World Junior Tour will following January’s Billabong ASP World Junior Championship (which will crown the 2009 ASP World Junior Champions).
“The expansion of the ASP World Juniors is a direct result of the continuing global surge in ASP Pro Junior events,” Brodie Carr, ASP International CEO, said. “When we partnered with Billabong in 1998 on this concept, we had just 12 global junior events, and through our joint vision, it has grown to over 50 events as recently as 2008.”
Joel Parkinson (AUS), 28, two-time past ASP World Junior Champion (1999, 2001), knows all too well the benefits that development through the ASP Pro Junior tem can provide. The Australian is currently holding down a runaway lead on the ASP Dream Tour ratings and is en route to his inaugural ASP World Title.
"The Billabong ASP World Junior Championships has been a major stepping stone to the highest levels of surfing for over 10 years now,” Parkinson said. “It started me on my career path, and if you look at the guys who have won it from Andy (Irons) to Jordy (Smith) to Adriano (de Souza), they’ve all made major impacts on professional surfing."
- 28 July 2009 | Surfing
Plans to open the first full time surfing museum in Europe have taken a major step forward. North Devon District Council has approved planning permission for the Museum of British Surfing to be established in Braunton.
"I'm delighted the council has given us their blessing," said founder Peter Robinson, "6 years of hard work have finally paid off and we stand a real chance of opening in 2010."
The surf museum is working with North Devon Plus to get the core funding in place to fit out the building as a 21st century event-based visitor attraction at the old Saltrock factory outlet building on the Vellator Industrial Estate.
"Money is obviously tight everywhere, but already several companies and individuals have already offered their help. It's important the surfing community gets behind us now to help create an exciting and fun venue we can all be proud of," said Peter, "we're looking for investors and founding partners - no amount is too small - but we urgently need to raise the money for the charity to complete the project."
As a taster of things to come, the museum's travelling exhibition 'an art history of British surfing' will be opening in Braunton later in August to help raise funds and increase the project's profile - more than 13,000 people saw the display while it was in Thurso, Scotland, over the last 3 months. Details will be published on the museum's website in the near future.
"The support of North Devon Plus and the local district and parish councils has been vital in getting the surf museum this far, and this has been backed up by promises of support from surfing brands and surfers working in other businesses offering their skills," said Peter.
- 28 July 2009 | Surfing
Surfing America, the National Governing Body for surfing in the USA, is pleased to announce that a new series of events, called Surfing America Prime, will blanket the nation in the 2009/2010 competition season.
What was PacSun WSA Prime presented by Got Milk?—an incredibly successful series of events for “under 18” surfers on the West Coast this past year—will expand its footprint across the country under the Surfing America banner. The Surfing America Prime series will be made up of ten (10) events in total: six contests on the West Coast, three contests on the East Coast, and one in Texas.
The series kicks off at DMJ’s on Camp Pendleton on August 22-23 and offers a high standard of competion for aspiring surfers in the following age divisions:
Boys Under 18
Boys Under 16
Boys Under 14
Girls Under 18
Girls Under 16
As a result of this development, any mainland US athlete in these divisions, who seeks entry into 2010 Surfing America USA Championships event, must compete in—and qualify through—the new Surfing America Prime. A limited number of slots into Surfing America Prime will be distributed by invitation-only by Surfing America member organizations (ESA, NSSA, TGSA, and WSA). As there is no Prime series in Hawaii yet, a limited number of HSA and NSSA-Hawaii Under-18 athletes will advance into to the USA Championships directly from their organizations.
All competitors in adult age divisions will continue to qualify to the USA Championships through the current structure in their respective Surfing America member organization.