Just Announced! 2012 ASP Women’s World Tour Schedule! Our two-cents included.

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 Roxy Pro 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 Roxy Pro 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
Additional Resources: ASP - Association of Surfing Professionals

ASP Top 17 Women Confirmed for 2012 Dream Tour Season.

Malia Manuel (HAW), 18, will lead the new crop of surfers joining the elite women's ranks on the 2012 ASP Women's World Tour Series. Photo © Aquashot/ASPEUROPE.COM Pictured: Malia Manuel (HAW), 18, will lead the new crop of surfers joining the elite women’s ranks on the 2012 ASP Women’s World Title Series. Photo ©Aquashot/ASPEUROPE.COM For Immediate Release Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) International ASP Women's World Title Series ASP Top 17 Confirmed for 2012 Dream Tour Season COOLANGATTA, Queensland/Australia (Thursday, September 29, 2011) – With the completion of the final stop on the 2011 ASP Women’s Star Series, the ASP 6-Star Billabong Girls Azores Islands Pro, the elite ASP Top 17 have officially been confirmed for 2012. The ASP Top 17 is comprised of the Top 10 finishers on the ASP Women’s World Tour from 2011, the Top 6 from the Women’s World Ranking and one ASP Wildcard to round out the roster. The 2012 ASP Women’s World Tour Roster: 1 - Carissa Moore (HAW) 2 - Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 3 - Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 4 - Tyler Wright (AUS) 5 - Silvana Lima (BRA) 6 - Coco Ho (HAW) 7 – Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 8 – Courtney Conlogue (USA) 9 – Pauline Ado (FRA) 10 - Laura Enever (AUS) 11 – Malia Manuel (HAW) 12 – Lakey Peterson (USA) 13 – Sage Erickson (USA) 14 - Rebecca Woods (AUS) 15 - Paige Hareb (NZL) 16 – Justine Dupont (FRA) 17 – ASP Wildcard *To Be Determined Complimenting one of the most dynamic fields women’s surfing has ever seen, the 2012 ASP Women’s World Title season could potentially have some exciting new events. “We’re currently in discussions with a number of new potential event licensees for 2012,” Brodie Carr, ASP International CEO, said. “We’re hopeful that these will come to fruition and provide an enhanced platform for this incredible group of athletes to perform on.” Joining the ASP Top 17 for the first time in 2012 will be rookies Malia Manuel (HAW), 18, Lakey Peterson (USA), 16, Sage Erickson (USA), 20, and Justine Dupont (FRA), 20. The ASP Wildcard has yet to be determined. The first stop on the 2012 ASP Women’s World Tour will be the Roxy Pro Gold Coast. For more information, log onto www.aspworldtour.com