COOLANGATTA, Australia- Men’s ASP WQS prize money has hit US$4 million the same time as rated surfers hit 1,000.
At the completion of the PXM International Van’s Pro held in perfect big surf at Puerto Escondido, which was won by local Angelo Lozano, we have exactly 1,000 rated members from 35 different countries that competed in 45 events with 38 different winners.
Of course all of them would have loved to had made the Top 15 that qualify for the 2009 ASP World Tour, but for the 985 that did not, I’m quite sure most have enjoyed the events they have been able to compete in this year and hopefully next year will see their final ratings even higher.
Only six surfers were able to clinch multiple wins this year and they were Nathaniel Curran (USA), Chris Davidson (AUS), Shaun Ward (USA), Pancho Sullivan (HAW), Adriano de Souza (BRA) and Wiggolly Dantas (BRA).
In the women’s ASP WQS ratings, with the Reef Hawaiian Pro down to the Quarterfinal stages, we have outside the current Top 6 only Alana Blanchard (HAW), Claire Bevilaqua (AUS) and Coco Ho (HAW) challenging Bruna Schmitz (BRA) and Paige Hareb (NZL). Coco needs a win for any chance, Claire a second and Alana a Final. With Bruna still in the event one more round will see her overtake Paige Hareb.
So as of now, the Top 6 for 2009 are Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), Rebecca Woods (AUS), Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS), Rosanne Hodge (ZAF), Paige Hareb (NZL) and Bruna Schmitz (BRA) with only Alana Blanchard a serious contender.
However, if Rebecca Woods, currently 9th on the ASP Women’s World Tour ratings, and Jessi Miley-Dyer, 10th, hold their Top 10 ratings through the Roxy Pro at Sunset and Billabong Pro at Maui, they will not need the ASP WQS Top 6 spots opening it up to the next two in line, which could be Alana and Laurina McGrath. Rosey Hodge could also jump into a Top 10 spot meaning that Claire Bevilaqua still has a chance if she fails to get second or better at Haleiwa.