Rip Curl Search WCT Takes Pro Surfing Back To Reunion Island

Foster’s Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP)
2005 Men’s World Championship Tour (WCT)
Rip Curl Search WCT (June 23 – July 4)

Live on www.aspworldtour.com & www.ripcurl.com/reunion.

Saturday, June 11, 2005 (St. Leu, Reunion Island): The Foster’s ASP WorldChampionship Tour (WCT) has been absent from Reunion Island since 1996, but onJune 23 the Rip Curl Search WCT will re-introduce professional surfing to theisland’s world-famous left hand reef break of Saint Leu.

The Rip Curl Search WCT event holds a first-of-its-kind “ASP Floating License”,that allows Rip Curl to schedule the event in a different location every year, ifit sees fit. A company built on the true surfing Search philosophy, Rip Curl hasdeveloped this event so it can travel the planet, delivering the world’s bestwaves to the world’s best surfers.

Reunion Island, a French territory situated in the Indian Ocean off the south-eastcoast of South Africa, has been selected for Year 1. For a surfer there is nobetter Search destination. Often called “the intense island”, Reunion is a smallvolcanic island with an excitingly active coastline.

Through the swell months of May to October, Reunion’s surf breaks hold long swellsthat deliver fortunate surfers with some of the highest quality waves in theworld.

Rip Curl has a special relationship with Saint Leu, hosting the last WCT eventthere in 1996. That contest was won by Kelly Slater (Florida, USA), who this yeargoes into the event as favourite, courtesy of two dominating WCT wins in Tahitiand Fiji. The current WCT ratings leader is vying for his seventh World Title andhoping to break the three-year stranglehold Andy Irons (Kauai, Haw) has had on thetrophy.

The Rip Curl Search WCT also provides 33-year-old Slater with an opportunity toachieve a unique milestone. In the Foster’s ASP World Tour’s 30-year history, onlyfour surfers have previously won three or more consecutive WCT events.

Australia’s Tom Carroll won four consecutively in his 1984 World Title winningseason, the United Kingdom’s Martin Potter won three in his 1989 World Titlewinning season, American Tom Curren won three in his 1990 World Title winningseason and Slater won three in a row in his 1996 World Title winning season (thefirst win of the triple being his victory at Saint Leu).

A win at this year’s Search WCT will give Slater the honour of being the only manever to win three consecutive events twice in his career and will put him in astrong position atop the 2005 World Title race.

Rip Curl Search WCT Live Webcast & Full Screen Highlights powered by Vividas

The Rip Curl Search WCT Live Webcast will give surfing fans around the world “onthe beach” ™ access during competition hours. Live webcast commentary willsupport live scoring and video streaming, with guest announcers, promotions andreplays heightening the experience.

The time zone for Reunion Island is GMT + 4 hours, meaning it will be an akwardtime for many in different parts of the world. To cater for these surfing fans,Rip Curl will be posting exclusive Full-Screen Video Highlight packages powered byVividas online at ripcurl.com

The Video Highlights will feature the action in and out of the water at St. Leu,headlined of course by the WCT competition.

To allow users to familiarise themselves with the Vividas technology, Rip Curl isfeaturing five exclusive video clips on the Video section of ripcurl.com duringthe lead-up to the Search WCT. Jamie O’Brien’s Freakshow, Inner Visions from theSearch, Tom Curren’s Red Search Part 1 & 2 and a special Reunion Island teaser arethe clips currently being offered.