Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

What is the ASP?
The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) is the governing body of professional surfing. Crowning surfing’s undisputed world champions since 1976, the ASP sanctions the following tours: the ASP World Tour (consisting of the ASP World Title Race, the ASP PRIME events and the ASP Star events), the ASP Women’s World Tour, the ASP World Longboard Tour and the ASP World Junior Tour. The ASP is dedicated to showcasing the world’s best surfing talent in a variety of progressive formats and has revolutionized the way the world watches surfing via their webcasts. The organization is divided into seven different regions: Africa, Asia, Australasia, Europe, Hawaii, North America, and South America.

The ASP World Tour

Who can win the 2012 ASP World Title?
Anyone of the ASP Top 34 surfers that were invited at the start of the 2012 season. The one with the most points at the end of the year is the undisputed ASP World Champion.
What events can be used to count towards rankings?
The best 8 of all 10 ASP World Championship events count towards the ASP World Championship Tour Rankings and best 8 of all1-6 Star and PRIME results count towards the ASP World Rankings.
Do ASP World Title event seed replacements and wildcards get to use their results towards their ASP World Rankings?
ASP World Title replacement seeds can use the results, but wildcards cannot.

ASP Competition

What is priority and how does it work?
Prority is mandatory in all one-on-one heats. The surfer with priority has unconditional right of way for both directions on the wave selected. The surfer without priority cannot take off on the same wave as the priority surfer, regardless of direction of distance between them, unless the surfer without priority does not hinder the scoring potential of the surfer with priority, in which case the surfer without priority will score a zero. At the start of the heat once the first wave has been ridden, the remaining surfer in the lineup gets automatic priority. A surfer will lose priority once they catch a wave and their hands leave the rails as they attempt to stand up. In the event that both surfers catch waves to the inside, the first surfer to reach the lineup will be awarded priority. Priority is indicated by colored discs at the event site.

The priority rule serves several purposes. First and foremost, the priority rule attempts to eliminate hassling for waves. Without priority, surfers would have nothing to keep them from fighting for waves with their fellow competitors. The priority rule allows surfers to focus more on their surfing performance instead of hassling their opponents. Secondly, the priority rule makes judging easier by deterring surfers from taking off on the same wave. With the encouragement of one surfer per wave, the judges can focus better on each individual ride. Finally, the priority rule allows for a tactical element to exist in competitive surfing. Surfers tend to become much more selective of their wave choice in order to retain priority for the optimal amount of scoring. The priority rule doesn’t exist in Round 1 of the ASP World Title competitions because Round 1 heats have three surfers. The priority rule was made for head-to-head surfing which doesn’t take place until the second round. The priority rule was instituted in the mid 1980′s and has been modified over the years to keep abreast of competitive surfing.

What is a waiting period?
The waiting period is the allotted time in which event organizers can run their event. Having a waiting period that is longer than the time needed to finish competition allows organizers to be selective when running their heats. This gives both the surfers and spectators the benefit of having the event ran in the best possible conditions.
What does it mean when an event is mobile?
If an event is “mobile”, it has the ability to run at a variety of locations in order give the surfers optimal conditions (ie. wave size and shape, tide, wind, etc.) for competing. A mobile event will actually go “mobile” when conditions at the intended site have been assessed by a joint committee of surfers and event organizers, and a decision is made to move the competition site.
Are all events mobile?
No. Not all events have the capacity for going mobile. The non-mobile events are most often at prime or exotic locations and will offer the most desired surf in the area. As far as the men’s ASP World Championship Tour events go, the mobile events are: the Gold Coast (AUS), Bells Beach (AUS), Santa Catarina (BRA), South West Coast (FRA), Peniche (PRT), and the Search event. Leaving the non-mobile events as: Teahupoo (TAH), Trestles (USA), and Pipeline (HAW).
What is an event wildcard?
An event wildcard is a non-ASP World Tour surfer allowed to compete in the ASP World Tour event. The wildcard is typically awarded by the event sponsor. Awarding of the wildcard can take place through a trials event or through automatic entry at the discretion of the event organizer. Typical candidates for the ASP World Championship Tour Event Wildcard will typically come from the event sponsor’s team, the local area, or both. Not only do these surfers complete the seed list and/or fill in for injured surfers, but they also bring exciting new faces and challenges to the ASP World Tour elite.
What is the judging criteria?
The new ASP judging criteria was rolled out at all events in 2010. Read the judging criteria.
How are waves scored?
Waves are scored on a 1 to 10 scale with 1 being the lowest and 10 being a perfect ride. With the changeover to the two-wave from the three-wave format, surfers are now typically requiring scores in the 8 plus range to advance through their heats making for some fantastic displays of surfing.
How many waves are scored?
All surfers’ scores are the total of their two highest-scored waves. This does not change regardless of which ASP tour they are competing on. By scoring surfers on only two waves (formerly it was three), the level of performance is pushed as surfers attempt for bigger scores. In all ASP Prime and Star heats and finals and ASP World Championship Tour heats, the maximum number of waves scored is 15.
Does wave scoring differ between the ASP World Championship Tour and ASP Prime or Star events?
No. Wave scoring does not differ between the ASP World Championship Tour and the ASP Prime and Star events.

ASP Online Membership Management System

What is the ASP Online Membership Management System?
The new ASP Online Membership Management System is an automated online system that allows ASP members to enter and manage their own participation for ASP events. The new system will allow ASP members to register or renew their memberships, enter events, view the seed list, manage membership details, plus a lot more.
Who is responsible for handling payments made via the ASP Online Membership Management System?
ASP Europe is currently responsible for all payments processed through the ASP Online Membership Management System.
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