ASP Announces Top 45 For 2009 World Tour

Ace Buchan, Australia surfer, ASP World Tour, best surfer, greatest surfer, Kelly Slater, Billabong, Rip Curl

Ace Buchan finished off this year strong, taking 6th overall. More to come from Ace in ’09. Photo courtesy ASP Rowland/Covered Images

COOLANGATTA, Australia (Monday, December 15, 2008) – Congratulations to everyone that achieved their goals on the men's, women's and longboard tours in either the ASP Dream Tour or ASP WQS events this year.

Special congratulations to King Kelly, Joy Monahan, Bonga Perkins and Stephanie Gilmore on their respective ASP World Titles plus a premature congratulations to the boys and girls winners of the Billabong ASP World Junior Championships to be held in early January 2009.

For the women, the Billabong Pro Maui is yet to be finalized and the 2009 Dream Tour qualifiers will not be completely known until then.

For the longboarders, the Top 16 in both the men and women divisions are invited into the Roxy and Oxbow World Longboard Title events in 2009 and they are:

Delpero,Antoine FRAWilliams,ChelseaAUS
Ingleby,Harley AUSDawson,LeahUSA
McPhillips,ColinUSAMeador,Kassia USA
Creignout,TimotheeFRADupont,Justine FRA
Salazar,Alex(Picuruta) BRAUemura,MikuHAW
Maurin,Romain FRAMcFerran,SchuylerUSA
Matos,AmaroBRAShimajiri,Yuko JPN
Soto,Duane deHAWBraly,IsabelleAUS

For the men, the ASP Dream Tour 45 are as of now:

TOP 27 Requalifiers
Slater, KellyUSA
Durbidge, Bede AUS
Burrow, TajAUS
Parkinson, JoelAUS
Hobgood, C.J.USA
Buchan, Adrian AUS
Souza, Adriano deBRA
Fanning, MickAUS
Martinez, Bobby USA
Flores, JeremyFRA
Stedman, LukeAUS
Patacchia, Fredrick HAW
Irons, AndyHAW
Ward, ChrisUSA
Otton, KaiAUS
Reyes, TimUSA
Perrow, KierenAUS
Whitaker, TomAUS
Neve, DayyanAUS
Irons, BruceHAW
Picon, MichaelFRA
Reynolds, Dane USA
Knox, TaylorUSA
Hobgood, Damien USA
Alves, HeitorBRA
Smith, JordyZAF
Dunn, BenAUS

Top 15 WQS Qualifiers
Curran, NathanielUSA
Davidson, Chris AUS
Bourez, MichelPYF
Kling, GabeUSA
Khodr, JihadBRA
Weare, DavidZAF
Kerr, JoshAUS
Muscroft, NicAUS
Bacalso, Kekoa HAW
Emslie, GregZAF
Boal, TimFRA
Barca, DustinHAW
Pires, TiagoPRT
MacDonald, PhillipAUS
Courtney, Drew AUS

ASP Wildcards
Morrison, Dean AUS
Aranburu, Aritz EUK
Lipke, MarlonDEU

However, there is still the undecided question of both the Irons brothers. Will Bruce retire and will Andy take a year off? If so, then the lucky replacements could be Roy Powers, Mick Campbell or Pat Guduaskas.

Until our ASP World Tour manager Renato Hickel gets the official retirement letters the Top 45 are as above.

That's it for this week.

Al Hunt
ASP WQS Tour Manager

For current ASP WQS Men's Tour ratings, check out ASP WQS Men's Ratings

For current ASP WQS Women's Tour ratings, check out ASP WQS Women's Ratings