2008 Alan Atkins Award

Coolangatta’s Garry Davies was awarded the 2008 Alan Atkins award as part of the Diploma of Sport Management (Surfing Studies) course at Southern Cross University’s Tweed Gold Coast campus recently.

The award is for the best surf business plan presentation by students undertaking the Sport Business (Surfing) subject as part of the Diploma

“There were some very interesting business concepts presented with Garry’s plan for a surf photography business impressing the judges,” said course coordinator Jak Carroll.

“Not only was Garry’s concept slightly different but his research and planning clearly demonstrated the viability of the business.”

The business plan presentations are the culmination of a year of study for those undertaking the Diploma.

“This is a project where students bring together all the business, research and marketing knowledge they have gained throughout the course,” said Carroll.

Alan Atkins, who the award honours, was a driving force in establishing the Surfing Studies Diploma.

A former CEO of Surfing Australia, Atkins is currently the Vice-President of the International Surfing Association.

Surfing Olympics

The first meeting for the organization of the South American Beach Games took place in Montevideo and Punta del Este this past weekend. The Games will be carried out from February 27 to March 8 at Montevideo and Punta del Este beaches in Uruguay.

It will be the second time an Olympic Movement Beach Games are held. The first one finished on October 27th  in Bali, Indonesia where surfing had been successfully included. In fact, surfing was the favorite sport in the on-line voting at the Beach Games website.

Authorities of the Uruguayan Bureau of Tourism and Sports, the Uruguayan Olympic Committee, the South American Sports Organization (ODESUR) and different representatives of the ten sports that will be part of the Games – Beach Rugby, Beach Handball, Open Sea Swimming competitions, Beach Volley, Triathlon, Water Sky, Sailing, Soccer, Fitness and Surfing- gathered together in the Radisson Victoria Plaza Hotel at Montevideo and in Solanas at Punta del Este.

In the meeting, all the technical details for the different sports were set and Surfing had its own place side by side with some Olympic Sports. Another step in the long path of surfing’s inclusion into the Olympic Games.

Surfing will have three events: Open Men, Open Women and Aloha Cup (Tag Team). Each country will participate with four Open Men and Two Open Women surfers to have a full team. Medals will be delivered to individual men and women performances and to the Aloha Cup team. Surfers will compete as members of their National Olympic Committee delegation.

Montoya is the beach chosen for the surfing event. It has a left pointbreak, a right pointbreak and a consistent beachbreak between the two points.

The following will be the fifteen countries that invitated to participate in the Games: Argentina, Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Venezuela, Colombia, Brazil, Paraguay, Bolivia, Guyana, Suriname, Netherlands Antilles, Panama, Aruba and Uruguay.

Ten of these countries have a national federation recognized by the International Surfing Association, thus these ten countries are expected to compete in surfing, for a total of 60 athletes.

Fernando Aguerre, the ISA President, said about the presence of Surfing in this   important event: “The presence of the ISA official representatives in the ODESUR Beach Games, along  ISA vice president Karin Sierralta and  PASA vice president Juca de Barros proves the interest we all have in turning surfing into an Olympic sport.

The ISA has just finished successfully the organization of the surf competitions in the Asian Beach Games in Bali. The collaboration of the ISA, recognized by the IOC, and PASA, recognized by the ISA, and USU (Uruguay Surfing Union), a member of the ISA, will help us have a great event in the excellent waves of Punta del Este.”

In the next days, the ISA will be dealing with the details for surfing to have again a great event inside the Olympic Movement.

ASP 2009

Following one of the most historic board meetings to date, the ASP has introduced the option for a new competition format to be implemented in ASP World Tour events in 2009.

While the traditional 48-man format will still be available, events can elect to implement an altered 48-man format consisting of the following: two opening elimination man-on-man rounds. Round 1 will consist of 32 surfers, those rated 17 – 27 on the ASP World Tour, three Tour/Injury wildcards, the Top 15–rated surfers on the ASP WQS and three event wildcards.

The seeding formula will remain the same as the traditional format, with the No. 17 seed up against the No. 32 seed in Heat 8, the No. 18 seed against the No. 31 seed in Heat 9, etc. After Round 1, all remaining competitors will be reseeded for Round 2.

The Top 16 on the ASP World Tour are seeded directly in Round 2 where they will meet the 16 victors from Round 1 in the re-seeded draw.

The Top 10 from the previous year’s Dream Tour will be guaranteed a Round 2 seed all year long, while the next 6 seeds have to maintain their seeded position and can be replaced by better performing back 32 surfers after the third ASP World Tour event of the year. This means that the Top 16 seeds in 2009 will remain unchanged until after the Billabong Pro Teahupoo.

After Tahiti, only the Top 10 from the previous year will hold their spots (which is probably a good incentive to do Brazil and Pipeline this season), while the next 6 could be replaced if guys from the back 32 secure more seeding points. Seeding points going into Snapper will remain in effect.

The new format has already been adopted by the Billabong Pro Teahupoo, the Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay, the Billabong Pro Mundaka and the Billabong Pipeline Masters.

The Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast, the opening event of the 2009 ASP World Tour, has opted to run with the traditional format, and Rip Curl are undecided which format they will implement at their Bells Beach and Search events.

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