ASP Europe Awards

The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Europe will crown its 2008 Men and Women WQS Champions as well as its Men and Women Pro Junior Champions next Sunday, October 26, at the Carcavelos Sushi Bar in Lisbon, Portugal.

The 2008 Award Ceremony will close one of the best years of surfing ever which showcased the best surfers of the planet in eleven major 4 to 6-Star Prime events, the biggest leg ever held on European shores since the creation of the ASP in our region.

Except for the ASP WQS European Series Men’s Champion who will be known at the end of the Estoril Coast Pro finishing Sunday, all other champions have already been crowned and will raise their 2008 trophies in Portugal in front of all surfers, media and industry representatives.

Not only has 2008 brought new surfers at the forefront of the stage including 16-year-old ASP WQS European Women’s champion Justine Dupont (FRA) and ASP Junior Men’s champion Maxime Huscenot (REU) grabbing the crown. 2008 witnessed the rise of a new generation of potential ASP World Tour contenders with current men’s regional ratings’ leader Tim Boal (FRA) already guaranteed among next year’s ASP Top 45 and Marlon Lipke (DEU) and Michel Bourez (PYF) knocking on surfing heaven’s door confidently at this stage, before the tour wraps up in Hawaii next month.

All of Europe’s best surfers, except for ASP World Tour campaigners Jeremy Flores (FRA), Aritz Aranburu (EUK) and Miky Picon who will be on their way to Brazil for the second to last stop of the 2008 Dream Tour, will meet for the award presentation and celebrate another year of growth and success for the sport of surfing in Europe.

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Ryan Carlson 

Out of all the waves ridden by all the surfers along all the coastlines of the Mainland USA this summer, only one could produce the single best move in the Billabong Freewave Challenge.

Today the winner of the Monster Maneuver Award was revealed to be Ryan Carlson of Huntington Beach, California for his extraordinary 540 Rodeo Flip.

Carlson earned $5,000 for pulling off the astonishing aerial trick (which consists of a backside flip combined with one-and-a-half body rotations) at Huntington on July 22, 2008.

The ride was captured on video by Paul Cerone/DSG and uploaded to the Freewave Challenge site where it became the most-viewed clip of the year. Cerone receives $1,200 for documenting the move.

Made Widiarta

Surfing made its first appearance on an Olympic sport calendar of events today, compliments of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) and the organizing Committee of the Bali Asian Beach Games in Indonesia.

It was fitting that the Open division started the program and the surfing standard didn’t disappoint. Fast and powerful, aerials and floaters entertained the large crowd.  The man-on-man final, in one metre waves, was an Indonesian affair with Made Raditya Rondi facing off against Made Widiarta.

After a slow start Widiarta eventually got to the lead and wasn’t headed. Third place was Shigenori Suzuki (Japan) with Carlito Nogalo (Philippines) in fourth.  Widiarta was mobbed by the crowd as he left the water, a popular win on his home beach.

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