The ASP released the 2012 Women’s World Tour schedule and it looks close to identical to the 2011 version. A couple of observations… Overall prize money offered in 2012 is $770,000, down slightly from the $800,000 offered in 2011. Hawaii is once again a glowing omission from the schedule…
It was a shame to watch the world title decided with hops, skips and slides in France instead of with big sweeping turns and deep barrels in Hawaii’s blue walls of consequence. Please, please…one of you big clothing brands who have raked in millions and millions of dollars promoting the image of women’s surfing without adequately supporting events or the surfers themselves…step up to the plate and present a year-ending ASP event in Hawaii. No offense to the beachbreaks of France or Huntington Beach which are great stops along the way, but in our humble opinion the Tour should end this and every year in Hawaii. The US Open is no doubt a fun event but ending the Tour in front of a bunch of non-surfing Southern California buffoons, most of whom never even venture away from the circus tents to watch the surf contest, is just plain wrong. The girls deserve Hawaii, the fans yearn for Hawaii and since your brands owe your entire existence to the pull of the Islands, someone do the right thing and pony up for a year-ending event in the spiritual birthplace of our sport.
Off the soapbox and back to the task at hand, check below for the 2012 ASP Women’s World Tour Schedule.
2012 ASP WOMEN’S WORLD TOUR SCHEDULE
February 25-March 7, 2012 – Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia – $110,000
Rip Curl Women’s Pro presented by Ford Fiesta
April 3-9, 2012 – Bells Beach, Victoria, Australia – $110,000
Subaru Pro TSB Bank Women’s Surf Festival
April 11-15, 2012 – Taranki, New Zealand – $110,000
Commonwealth Bank Beachley Classic
April 18-23, 2012 – Dee Why, Northern Beaches, NSW, Australia – $110,000
Billabong Rio Pro
May 9-20, 2012 – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – $110,000
July 9-15, 2012 – Cote des Basques, Biarritz, France – $110,000
Nike US Open of Surfing
July 30-August 5, 2012 – Huntington Beach, California, USA – $110,000