Brazil: Still Serving As The Buzz-Kill Event Of The ASP World Tour
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 1 July, 2009 : - - If a rose by any other name is still a rose, an ASP World Tour stop in Brazil is still
The Hang Loose Santa Catarina Pro (the same event usually held each November as a precursor to the Pipeline Masters) already has its first two rounds in the books.
To avoid a repeat of last years debacle, the ASP moved the Hang Loose Pro to June in order to ensure the attendance of the top talent on tour, the surfers that people actually care about seeing surf. After last years event saw 13 out of the ASPs Top 44 surfers fail to show due to a remarkable array of injuries and illnesses, all that was left was another beach-break championship with 20 of the 48 competitors hailing from the host country.
The thinking was that with a world title still very much up for grabs, anyone remotely in contention will do their best to avoid the unfortunate happenings that kept so many from making the trip to Florianopolis in 08. It worked, everyone showed up and the Loose Pro has itself a full line-up of some of the worlds best surfers. Theres just one problem though- Its still Brazil.
They call it the Dream Tour, yet Im a bit curious to know whose dreams the ASP is modeling this thing after. After sitting through a few moments of the Loose Pro webcast, it was time to click away and wait for J-Bay. Nothing more to see here.
Wanna start a World Tour??? Heres your model-
Despite what some might say, theres room in this world for a competitive surfing tour. Watching the surfers at the top of the game pushing themselves and each other live from the best waves throughout the world isnt just entertaining, it also puts the whats possible element on display for all to see. There needs to be standards though, uncompromised standards. The answer for whats ailing the ASP World Tour wont be found in futuristic wave pools, it wont be found in Brazil, it will be found in simplicity.
Fewer surfers, better waves, no Brazil.
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