As the ASP World Tour draws to a close with the title being decided next week at the Billabong Pipe Masters, whoever bags the 2014 trophy will be the last to win under the ASP banner. Earlier in the year we reported that the ASP is to undergo a name change in 2015 and as of next year will become the World Surf League. With this in mind we thought we would cast our eye over the recently announced WSL schedule.
The first thing we notice is that Women’s tour now only consists of nine destinations and the girls will not be heading back to Huntington Beach, there is no explanation as to why the Californian spot has been dropped. The women will fight out each of the 9 competitions for a share of the $262 500 purse.
The men will still head to eleven destinations and these include Teahupoo, Tavarua and Supertubos in Peniche. The tour will of course finish at Pipe in December 2015 and we are pleased to say that the competition will also be visiting J Bay again. Three events remain sponsorless at this moment in time and these include Rio, Fiji and J Bay – to us, it seems astonishing that the major industry players haven’t attached their name to the South African event. The Pro men will be battling for a slice of $525 000 at each event and the WSL kicks off on the 28th of February 2015.
The breakdown of all the 2015 WSL events including Qualifying Series and Speciality Events can be seen at the Official WSL Schedule page here. Which is your favourite event on the Tour Calendar and are you surprised that the J Bay event is unsponsored?