Owen Wright

Aussies Mick Fanning and Stephanie Gilmore may be the toast of the surfing world having wrapped up the men’s and women’s World Titles in Hawaii, but now the focus shifts to Australia’s fledgling junior stars to see if they can make history by claiming the world’s premier junior surfing event – the 2009 Billabong ASP World Junior Championships fuelled by Monster Energy – due to take place at Sydney’s North Narrabeen beach over eight days ning January 9th.

The winners will be crowned alongside Fanning and Gilmore at the ASP World Champions banquet in February, meaning Australia would hold four world titles concurrently, a first for the sport.

But the local contingent will have their work cut out for them if they are to reverse the trend that has seen Australia’s international reputation for dominance wane since Joel Parkinson last claimed the men’s title for the green ’n gold in 2001.

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Kustom Air Strike

Kustom Airstrike, the eight-month mission to reward the world’s most innovative and crazy aerial surfing manoeuvre, officially launches today.

The US$50,000 winner-take-all event, the world’s richest single-trick surfing contest, is open to all surfers globally – whether they be professionals or just the un-sponsored young kid on the local beachbreak.

Their mate who films the winning move will also be showered with a $US5000 cash prize from surf footwear brand Kustom.

The event window runs from 1 January through to 31 August 2010, meaning that thousands of waves will be ridden over 243 days across all corners of the globe to find just one winner.

The opening of the event today has been marked with the launch of the official event website – www.kustomairstrike.com. The website will be the gateway for surfers around the world to view entries as they are received at the Airstike headquarters.

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ASP - Association of Surfing Professionals

Beginning in 2010, ASP International will activate a One Ranking structure for the men’s ASP Dream Tour and the ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS).

The concept of the ASP One Ranking structure is to make both the ASP-sanctioned World Tour and Qualifying Series events contribute to a surfer’s year-end rating. The ASP One Ranking structure will be the primary means for determining if a surfer is eligible to compete in ASP World Tour events and the highly-rated ASP Qualifying events.

Surfers will start to accumulate their respective ASP One Ranking points from the start of the 2010 season. However, the first season will be a bridge year to allow ASP to ensure that points are correct across all events and the changeover times onto the ASP World Tour are finalized.

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