Jordy Smith: spray maker

The Association of Surfing Professionals has announced the final version of the newly-instated ASP World Rankings system. "We have always maintained that 2010 was a bridge season and our target was to re-evaluate at year’s end and discuss appropriate alterations moving forward,” Brodie Carr, ASP International CEO, said.

“The ASP Tech Comm has met and discussed the points’ structure at length, taking into account the performance of our athletes this season. With some minor tweaking, we have creating a more dynamic and rewarding structure for surfers starting next season.”

The result of the meetings between surfers and competition executives underlined a few relevant questions:

1. Maintaining and enhancing the race for the undisputed ASP World Champion.
2. Rewarding winning, and recognizing where/when performance gaps may take place.
3. Creating enough opportunities for ASP PRIME surfers to qualify for the ASP World Tour, and for ASP Star surfers to get into ASP PRIME events. A necessity to increase the points for ASP PRIME and ASP Star events.

“Performance gaps have been identified as the threshold just below a 'keeper' result, and areas where surfers are performing at the highest level in terms of format and difficulty,” Renato Hickel, ASP World Tour Manager, said. “A specific breakdown on the levels are as follows.”

Performance gaps were noted in the following areas:
- On the ASP World Tour level, after Equal 13th place
- At the ASP PRIME level, after Equal 13th place
- At the ASP 6-Star level, after Equal 9th place

ASP World Tour-specific Notes:
- World Tour 13th place kept at previous years 17th place
- 9th place points have increased by 250
- 5th place points have decreased by 50

ASP PRIME-specific Notes:
- ASP International has added five PRIME events to the schedule in 2011, and $1.1 Million in Prize Money
- Increase in overall point pool by 70% in opportunity
- Points have increased for key performance positions in PRIMES (refer to table)
- Change of the format to mirror the ASP World Tour format from the Round of 24 onward
- As such, we have identified a performance gap above 13th place
- A PRIME win equals an ASP World Tour 3rd place

ASP 6-Star-specific Notes:
- Rewarding individuals who make the Quarterfinals onward
- Rewarding the winners of the 6-Stars

The Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast will open up the 2011 ASP World Tour season utilizing the world-renowned breaks of Australia’s Gold Coast from February 26 to March 9, 2011.

Stephanie Gilmore: unlucky end of year

Stephanie Gilmore has been bashed over the head with a metal pole, outside her apartment in Tweed Heads, Australia.

The four-time world surfing champion was struck twice and suffered a fractured wrist and cuts to her head. The 26-year-old man fled immediately after the attack on a pushbike.

Gilmore was taken to the Tweed Heads Hospital for treatment, but left the medical unit soon after. The Australian surfer had clinched an historic third consecutive Triple Crown of Surfing, a few days ago, in Hawaii.

The man was charged with several offences and jailed at the Tweed Heads Police Station, with a refused bail. "There was an incident in which I was attacked at my property," Gilmore said.

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Wave Energy Center: get it funded

Portugal, one of the best countries in the world for surfing, may be exiting a key project for generating energy from the waves.

The Wave Energy Center (WavEC), located in the Azores Islands, is a rare power station that is almost left abandoned and lacking €500.000 to recover its main goal.

This environment-friendly project is not seen by the funding companies - EDP and Efacec - as a strategic business model and, therefore, investment is far away from the Island of Pico, in the Atlantic Ocean.

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