ASP CEO, Paul Speaker, is very excited about this achievement and stated, “The competitors on the BWWT are some of the fiercest and most-respected watermen on the planet and we are eager about the opportunity to take their tour to the next level. This arrangement also allows the world’s best surfers on the ASP World Championship Tour (WCT) to compete in big-wave events moving forward. 2014 will be an exciting year on all fronts.”
This arrangement between ASP and BWWT will allow for the best world tour competitors such as 11-time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater (USA), reigning ASP World Champion Joel Parkinson (AUS) and Hawaiian phenomenon John John Florence (HAW) to join respected BWWT surfers like Greg Long (USA), 28, Grant Baker (ZAF), 40, and Carlos Burle (BRA), 45, in competition with waves in the 25-foot-and-above range.
Gary Linden, founder of the Big Wave World Tour, could not be happier about this new adventure. With excitement, he stated, “ASP runs the best events in the world and we’re thrilled to have their support and guidance as we continue to build the platform of big wave surfing. We also look forward to seeing some of the world’s best surfers tackle some of the world’s biggest waves in the coming years.”
This is a very valuable move for big wave surfing because it will draw attention to some of the bravest, most skilled watermen out there. The fact that it also gives amazing ASP surfers the opportunity to take their surfing to the next level and compete with these monster waves, is a great thing for their career and an amazing life experience.
The Big Wave World Tour is currently on high alert for a possible run of the Quiksilver Ceremonial at Pichilemu in Chile in the coming days.