Australians dominate ASP top 34
THE ASP top 34 has been finalised, and not only do Australians dominate the list, but local surfers dominate the Australian scene, in what is shaping up to be one of the most exciting seasons in ASP history.
Tweed Heads surfers Mick Fanning (No.4 on the ASP ratings) and Josh Kerr (30), southern Gold Coasters Bede Durbidge (5) and Joel Parkinson (18), Lennox Head's Owen Wright (8) and Adam Melling (27) and Byron Bay's Keiran Perrow take the total to seven surfers within an hour's radius of each other.
Throw in Taj Burrow (3), Adrian Buchan (7), Chris Davidson (13), Brett Simpson (17), Matt Wilkinson (21), Kai Otton (24), Daniel Ross (28), Julian Wilson (33) and Australia makes up nearly half (15 of 34) the 2011 ASP World Tour line-up.
The top 34 is comprised of the top 22 finishers from the 2010 ASP World Tour, the next 10 finishers on the ASP World Rankings and two ASP wildcards – Otton and American Gabe Kling.
Together with Kling (34) the 10-time world champion Kelly Slater (1), Dane Reynolds (6), CJ Hobgood (11), Damien Hobgood (15), Brett Simpson (17), Taylor Knox (19), Bobby Martinez (22), Patrick Gudauskas (25), the US total is nine.
Brazil is the next most represented, with Adriano de Souza (10), Jadson Andre (14), Heitor Alves (20), Raoni Monteiro (29) and Alejo Muniz all qualifying, while Fredrick Patacchia (23) and Dusty Payne (32) will paddle out for Hawaii.
The remaining men are France's Jeremy Flores, French Polynesian surfer Michel Bourez, and Portugal's Tiago Pires.
“Following the allocation of the two ASP Wildcards, the 2011 ASP top 34 have been determined and seeded,” Renato Hickel, ASP World Tour manager, said.
“It's important to note that the seeding order is subject to change based on the first few qualifying events (PRIME and Star) of the 2011 season.”
The top 34 will be rotated following the sixth stop on the World Tour on the East Coast of America, with the new top 34, determined strictly off the ASP rankings, opening their accounts at the seventh stop, the Hurley Pro at Trestles.