Surfing America Pro Tour Update: The September East Coast Leg is On!

The Surfing America Pro Tour is made up of the Association of Surfing Professionals’ World Qualifying Series Pro Surfing Events in the North America Region

HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA — May 11, 2005 — Surfing America, the National Governing Body (NGB) for the sport of Surfing in the United States, today announced the confirmation of two important East Coast events on the 2005 Surfing America Pro Tour. The Belmar Pro will be held September 8-11 in Belmar, NJ and the Outer Banks Pro presented by WRV will be held September 29-October 2 at Jennet’s Pier in Nags Head, NC. Both contests, open to men only, are returning events from previous years and both contests will carry ASP’s two-star rating.

“We are very pleased these Events are back on the calendar, said Mike Gerard, Surfing America’s executive director. “Both events—individually owned and operated by the Eastern Surfing Association (“ESA)—have a solid history. ESA is a tremendous operator for us on the East Coast and we’re pleased to sanction these important events.

The Association of Surfing Professionals (“ASP) has evolved over the past 25 years to include the best surfers in the world competing at some of the best surf spots in the world. As the international organization of pro surfing, ASP proudly crowns World Pro Champions each year. Kelly Slater, Lisa Andersen, Sunny Garcia, Layne Beachley, CJ Hobgood, and Andy Irons are among those who have earned the title of ASP World Champion.

ASP runs on a two-tier system where surfers earn points in each event they surf in, both on the World Championship Tour (“WCT) and the World Qualifying Series (“WQS). Surfing America operates the North American Regional Office of the Association of Surfing Professionals (“ASP) through a License Agreement with ASP International. Through this License, Surfing America is responsible for sanctioning all WQS Events in the North American Region. These North American events, collectively, make up the Surfing America Pro Tour.

ASP’s Two-Tier System

The World Championship Tour (“WCT) is the top level of competitive surfing in the world today. The winners of the Men’s and Women’s WCT are crowned as the World Champions of professional surfing. The Men’s Tour includes the top 44 surfers in the world competing in a total of 12 events. The Women’s Tour includes the top 17 surfers in the world competing in a total of 9 events. The WCT surfers must re-qualify each year by winning the most points during the year to maintain their WCT status or by being rated at the top of the WQS.

The World Qualifying Series (WQS) is the second tier of competitive surfing on the ASP. The WQS is also international with 7 regions each promoting its own tour. WQS events offer both men and women a chance to compete in 1-6 star rated events. Higher star rated events include more prize money, more points, and in general draw a very competitive field. In order for a WQS surfer to qualify for the WCT, he/she must travel throughout the world and compete successfully in a great number of events in several ASP Regions.

The Surfing America Pro TourThe Surfing America Pro Tour consists of eight to ten ASP WQS Events in the ASP North America Region.

Mike Gerard or Meg BernardoSurfing America714-848-8851 http://surfingamerica.org http://aspnorthamerica.org

Surfing America is the ISA-recognized National Governing Body for Surfing in the United States. The International Surfing Association (ISA) is recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as the World Governing Authority for Surfing, Bodyboarding, and Surfriding. www.isasurf.org

Surfing America is the North America Regional Office of the Association of Surfing Professionals. Click here for more information www.aspworldtour.com