ASP World Championship hotting up

With the ASP world tour taking a break until July it is worth taking a look at the current world title standings

ASP World Title rankings as at May 2010

  • 1.Kelly Slater – USA – 21750 pts
  • 2.Jordy Smith – SA – 18500 pts
  • 3.Taj Burrow – Australia – 18250 pts
  • 4=Mick Fanning – Australia – 15500 pts
  • 4= Jadson Andre – Brazil – 15500 pts

Of course the ASP is not only about the blokes – the gals too have their own world rankings but for today we will look at fellas. It is not surprising to see Kelly Slater at the top. At the age of 38 he’s got to be considered a seasoned campaigner and with no less than 9 world championships to his name – do we need to say more? Well just a little – he joined the elite tour in 1991 and won the world championship for the first time in 1992. In 1993 he was 6th and then from ’94 to ’98 he reigned supreme before going into semi retirement for 4 years, rejoing the tour in 2003 since when he has won a further 3 world championship titles..

Kelly Slater – photo courtesy of ASP

His roll of honour reads like no other: youngest ASP World Champ (age 20), oldest ASP World Champ (age 36), one of the only surfers to score a ‘Perfect 20’ heat total (Tahiti, 2005), most elite tour wins in pro surfing history (39), record six time Pipeline Masters Champion (1992, ’94, ’95, ’96, ’99 and ’08) and two time Triple Crown Champion (1995, ’98).

His ASP career earnings are in excess of $2 million – not bad for a surf dude.

Taj Burrow and Mick Fanning are both from Australia and have competed in the elite tour for almost 10 years each – Fanning has won the world championship twice, the last time being in 2009 and Burrow came second on two occasions. You can be sure they will be pushing Slater all the way.

The two young pretenders in the list above are South African Jordy Smith who joined the tour in 2008 and has a highest ranking  of 11th in 2009.  Jadson Andre is a rookie on the elite tour, he comes from Brazil and is the first rookie to win an ASP World Tour event since Bobby Martinez (USA) in 2006.

Below he can be seen celebrating his victory on his home patch when he won the Billabong Pro at Santa Catarina in Brazil.

Photo courtesy of ASP

jadson andre wins the Billabing Pro Santa Catarina

The action below comes from the final heat at Santa Catarina and shows both Andre and Slater – it looks as though Slater will have a tough challenge to hold onto his ranking in the second half of the season – not only from the seasoned pros Fanning and Burrow, but also from the young pretenders Smith and Andre.

Thanks to ASPWorldTour for the video.

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