May 19, 2005 (ASP Int ‘ l, QLD, Australia) The Association of SurfingProfessionals (ASP) and FUEL TV have signed a three-year deal securing exclusiveUSA and select international rights to televise the ASP ‘ s Foster ‘ s Men ‘s World Tour and the ASP’s Women ‘ s World Championship Tour, it was announcedtoday by Brodie Carr, ASP CEO, ASP President Wayne ” Rabbit ” Bartholomewand FUEL TV Senior Vice President and Assistant General Manager CJ Olivares.
” The ASP has seen the demand for our TV content catapult in recent years, ” explains Carr. ” To partner with FUEL TV is a huge achievement and is anexciting step for both of our WCT Tours ” he continued. ” It illustrates thestrength of the sport as well as the public demand for professional surfing on amajor media platform. ”
Often deemed the ” Dream Tour, ” the professional surfing circuit is a12-stop pilgrimage that couples the world ‘ s best surfers with the world ‘ sbest surf breaks. From the exotic locales of Tahiti and Fiji to the time-honoredbreaks of Bells Beach and Pipeline, the top 45 surfers circumnavigate the globebattling it out for prize money, bragging rights and ultimately a World Title.
The Foster ‘ s Men ‘ s World Tour returns to FUEL TV, which televised the 2003tour in the network ‘ s inaugural year. Beginning in June, each of the twelvemen ‘ s WCT stops along with Women ‘ s ASP WCT events is scheduled to betelecast in prime-time on FUEL TV. The men ‘ s tour will also be telecast onsister sports network FSN (Fox Sports Net). FUEL TV will televise multiplerepeats of each event across a variety of timeslots, enabling the broadestpossible audience to view the program.
” As a non-profit organization governing one of the most exciting displays ofathletism in awe inspiring natural arenas ASP is very pleased to boost ourbroadcasting presence in North America ” said Bartholomew.
” The return of the ASP to FUEL TV is a terrific success, ” said Olivares. ” The only tour with the world ‘ s best surfers at the most exotic andsurf-rich locales, the ASP ‘ s WCT is the preeminent surfing tour and providesan exhilarating view of competitive surfing. ”
For specific dates and times visit www.fuel.tv. For more information on theAssociation of Surfing Professionals World Championship Tour visitwww.aspworldtour.com.
Foster’s Men ‘ s World Tour Event Schedule 2005Quiksilver Pro, Gold Coast Australia – March 1-13
Rip Curl Pro, Bells Beach Australia – March 23-April 1
Billabong Pro, Teahupoo, Tahiti – May 5-17
Globe WCT, Tavarua, Fiji – May 23-June 4
Rip Curl Search WCT, St. Leu, Reunion Island – June 23-July 4
Billabong Pro, Jeffreys Bay, South Africa – July 12-22
Quiksilver Pro, Chiba, Japan – August 31-September 7
Boost Mobile Pro, California, USA – September 9-20
Quiksilver Pro, South West Coast, France – September 23-October 2
Billabong Pro, Eskadi, Spain – October 3-15
Santa Catarina Pro, Florianopolis, Brazil – October 31-November 9
Rip Curl Pipeline Masters, Oahu, Hawaii – December 8-20
ASP Women ‘ s World Championship Tour Event Schedule 2005
Roxy Pro, Gold Coast Australia – March 1-13
SPC Fruit Pro, Bells Beach Australia – March 23-27
Roxy Pro, Tavarua, Fiji – April 17-22
Billabong Pro, Teahupoo, Tahiti – May 5-15
Roxy Pro, Cornwall, England – May 21-27
Rip Curl Pro, Hossegor, France – June 5-12
Rip Curl Malibu, USA – October 1-9
Roxy Pro, Alii Beach, Oahu, Hawaii – November 12-24
Billabong Pro, Maui, Hawaii – December 8-19
ASP (Association of Surfing Professionals), Governing Pro Surfing Since 1976.Showcasing the world ‘ s best surfers in the world ‘ s best waves, crowningthe undisputed World Champion.
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