2010 ASP World Tour and ASP Women’s World Tour schedules announced
The 2010 ASP World Tour and ASP Women's World Tour schedules have been released, and there has been some shifting of event dates on both circuits in an effort to take advantage of surf conditions and to have, hopefully, fewer lay days.
2009 ASP World Tour champion Mick Fanning will see familiar venues at which to defend his title but new dates for some of them. The Billabong Pro Teahupoo, Tahiti, will be held late August to early September, rather than this year's May dates. The other notable schedule tweak is for the Hang Loose Santa Catarina Pro, Brazil, which is now on the calendar for April rather than July.
On the women's circuit, the Commonweath Bank Beachley Classic, Australia, has been moved up to take place in April rather than late September to early October.
“2010 will mark some major changes for professional surfing and the schedule reflects this,” Brodie Carr, ASP International CEO, said. “We’re moving dates of certain venues to ensure that we get the best possible surf. It’s going to be an incredible year for surfing.”
The 2010 schedules are:
ASP World Tour:
Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast, Australia, Feb. 27 – March 10
Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach, Australia, March 30 – April 10
Hang Loose Santa Catarina Pro, Brazil, April 21 –
Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay, South Africa, July 15 – 25
Billabong Pro Teahupoo, Tahiti, Aug. 23 – Sept. 3
Hurley Pro Trestles, Sept. 12 – 21
Quiksilver Pro France, Sept. 25 – Oct. 5
Rip Curl Pro Portugal, Oct. 7 – 18
Rip Curl Pro Search, Portugal, Oct. 30 – Nov. 10
Billabong Pipe Masters, Hawaii, Dec. 8 – 20
ASP Women’s World Tour:
Roxy Pro Gold Coast, Australia, Feb. 27 – March 10
Rip Curl Women’s Pro Bells Beach, Australia, March 30 – April 5
Taranaki Women’s Surf Festival, New Zealand, April 11 – 16
Commonwealth Bank Beachley Classic, Australia, April 21 – 26
Movistar Peru Classic presented by Rip Curl, TBA
Rip Curl Pro Portugal, Oct. 7 – 11
Rip Curl Pro Search, Portugal, Oct. 30 – Nov.
Gidget Pro Sunset Beach, Hawaii, Nov. 24 – Dec. 6
Billabong Pro Maui (Tentative), Dec. 8 – 20
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