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Asp announces modification of the 2014 qualification system: the separation of the WTC and WQS

1Translation: Heido Sundstrom

Elite competitor, Kieren Perrow, has been named ASP Commissioner and among the new rules for the 2014 period is the complete qualification separation for the ASP World Championship Tour (WCT) and the ASP Qualification Series (QS), with ASP WCT results counting exclusively for the ASP WCT ranking and the ASP Prime and Star results counting exclusively for the ASP QS qualification; a departure from recent years of a combined system of classification.

“The adjustments and modifications that have been made to the technical aspects of this sport in the last few years have become a guiding principle to create a fair and balanced platform to improve surfing... The combined ranking had its purpose during its time on tour, but the Commissioner’s office felt that a separate classification in the best route to follow,” Perrow said.

This change will alter the qualifying process for the elite 2015 ASP WCT, but the composition of the ASP Top 34 will remain the same:

2015 ASP – Top 34
-    Top 22 competitors of the 2014 ASP WCT Ranking (Top 9 of 11 WCT results)
-    Top 10 competitors in the 2014 ASP QS (Top 5 of all QS results)
-    Two ASP Wildcards

The first competitions of the ASP World Tour (WCT) season will be the Quiksilver and Roxy Pro Gold Coast that is set to take place on March 1st – 10th, 2014.