World Surf League: it's surfing, not wrestling | Photo: ASP/Will H-S

Forget the ASP World Tour. Meet the World Surf League (WSL). The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) has announced a change in its official name.

Paul Speaker, CEO at ASP, believes "the new name is easier to understand and gets us on a better track to serve our fans, athletes and partners, and to grow the great sport of professional surfing worldwide."

The Association of Surfing Professionals was founded in 1982 by Ian Cairns. Under the new management led by ZoSea, the world surfing circuit has been introducing dramatic changes in the sport.


2014 Red Bull Qiantang Surfing Shoot Out: sunny day, white sandy beach

Jamie O'Brien's Team Honolulu has been crowned the 2014 Red Bull Qiantang Surfing Shoot Out champions, in China.

It's one of the most extraordinary river waves in the wave. The Qiantang tidal bore tested some of the world's most talented surfers.

Jamie Sterling and Jamie O'Brien - raising the Hawaiian flag in China - were able to ride a 9.5 wave to steal the title from the hands of Dean Morrison and Mikala Jones, representing Team Gold Coast in the finals.


Carlos Munoz: Costa Rica celebrates a golden smile

Carlos Munoz, the first ever Costa Rican surfer to compete in a Dream Tour event, won his Round 1 heat of the 2014 Hurley Pro at Trestles, in California.

The Central American surfer took off on a last-minute effort to send Gabriel Medina and Adam Melling into the repechage round. With 15 seconds to go, Munoz shows his power surfing skills to claim a decisive 7.73-point ride.

"I can't believe how everything happened. I got this chance; I prepared myself mentally. I heard everybody screaming and I knew I needed a score. I gave my heart to that last one, so I'm glad the judges liked it. I can't believe it. When I heard the score, I started crying," says Carlos Munoz.