The Movistar Pantin Classic, an Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Qualifying Series (WQS) event, officially announced its upgrade from a 3-Star to a 5-Star rated competition in the men's division, and will take place from September 2nd to 7th this year.

Pantin, which has been witnessing surfing's greatest talents for almost twenty years now including former 3X ASP World Champion Tom Curren (USA) in the 1990's and current ASP World Tour top surfer CJ Hobgood (USA), is back on the ASP schedule as a crucial stop for the world's best male WQS campaigners.

By upgrading its event to 5 Stars, the Pantin Classic will give all WQS professional surfers including European top representatives another opportunity to clinch valuable ratings' points towards a possible qualification for next year's ASP Top 45.


Julian Wilson (Coolum, AUS) proved to be the form surfer of the day, claiming victory at ASP Grade-4 Nike 6.0 Pier Pressure pres. by Jack’s Surfboards, in improved two-to-three foot (1 metre) peaky conditions over Stuart Kennedy (Lennox Head AUS), Chris Salisbury (Newport, AUS) and Andrew Doheny (Newport Beach, CA).

This ASP Grade-4 Pro Junior event was the first in the nation’s history, offering more ratings points than any other event and providing a crucial venue for surfers looking to qualify for the Billabong ASP World Junior Championships.

Wilson wasted no time in the final, acquiring two solid scores in the opening minutes to put his fellow finalists on the ropes, topping off a flawless run of competition which saw him win each heat from Round 1.


American Shaun Ward has survived a heavy field of top Brazilian talent to claim the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Qualifying Series (WQS) Local Motion Guaruja Surf Pro, bolting up the ratings from 77th to 30th with his impressive win.

Ward’s victory came as no easy feat as the natural-footer dispatched of Brazilians Tomas Hermes and Andre Silva before besting Simao Romao (BRA) in the Final.

“I have never been in an ASP WQS 5-Star before and I am so happy to be here,” Ward said. “I never imagined I could’ve won, but I worked hard every day to make it happen. It’s a dream come true.”