13/05/2010

Ian Cairns analisa o Tour para o site Surfline

Já conhecido da malta, se não o conhecem vão rapidamente fazer uma pesquisa ao Google (!), Ian Cairns fez recentemente (Mas não tão recentemente assim...desculpem), uma análise ao estado do Tour., às recentes mudanças implementadas pela ASP e como será o futuro do surf competitivo. Tenham em conta que isto é de 20 de Abril, pelo que ainda não conta com a vitória do Jadson no Billabong Pro Santa Catarina. Vale pelos pontos de vista interessantes e pela minúcia da análise. Leiam tudo, aqui. Fiquem, em baixo, com um cheirinho do que poderão ler.

"SO...HOW DOES IT WORK?
Enough with the venting already! In fact, I think the changes are all really good for surfing, the ASP and for the surfers. What we now have is an elite World Tour, a series of high profile Prime events and a series of Minor League Star events incorporating 1-6 star levels. The World Champion will be selected from just the WT events -- but qualification will come from the ASP World Rankings that combines a surfer's best eight WT, Prime and Star event points.

The key qualification issues are three-fold this year:


-The WT Top 44 will be cut to 32 following the fifth event, Teahupoo. This means that rookies have only five events to learn the ropes on the WT before they're cut and sent packing. Harsh treatment for one of the better qualifying classes in history -- and the way the results have played out so far, it's also possible that some of the WT stalwarts will be out as well.

-Only 22 -- not 27 -- WT surfers will return to the tour in 2011 and this cut-off will eliminate some historical big names.
-Only 10 -- not 15 -- Prime/WQS surfers will Qualify for the 2011 WT and this means that some very good surfers will miss out."

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