In the Hunt for the 2012 ASP Crown

Published on January 5th, 2012
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The 2011 season was one that blasted ahead of most in recent memory. But more important than the achievements within the year, were the scenarios that were set up for 2012. The ASP Top 34 surfers who will compete for the title have been announced, and many of them threaten the rest for a serious shot at the throne. Two of which being from right here in Hawaii, (13)John John Florence, and (30)Dusty Payne. The islands even hold a third spot with the 1st Alternate, Fredrick Patacchia.

Here is a list of the top 34, followed by a few breakdowns of possible title contenders for the upcoming ASP World Title hunt.

2012 ASP TOP 34:
1.
Kelly Slater (USA)
2. Joel Parkinson (AUS)
3. Taj Burrow (AUS)
4. Gabriel Medina (BRA)
5. Owen Wright (AUS)
6. Adriano de Souza (BRA)
7. Julian Wilson (AUS)
8. Jordy Smith (ZAF)
9. Alejo Muniz (BRA)
10. Michel Bourez (PYF)
11. Josh Kerr (AUS)
12. Damien Hobgood (USA)
13. John John Florence (HAW)
14. Mick Fanning (AUS)
15. Jeremy Flores (FRA)
16. Heitor Alves (BRA)
17. Miguel Pupo (BRA)
18. Adrian Buchan (AUS)
19. Kieren Perrow (AUS)
20. Bede Durbidge (AUS)
21. Raoni Monteiro (BRA)
22. Brett Simpson (USA)
23. Adam Melling (AUS)
24. Kolohe Andino (USA)
25. C.J. Hobgood (USA)
26. Tiago Pires (PRT)
27. Jadson Andre (BRA)
28. Matt Wilkinson (AUS)
29. Patrick Gudauskas (USA)
30. Dusty Payne (HAW)
31. Travis Logie (ZAF)
32. Taylor Knox (USA)
33. Kai Otton (AUS) *surfer wildcard (next on the ASP World Rankings)
34. Yadin Nicol (AUS) *surfer wildcard (injury)
1st Alternate: Fredrick Patacchia (HAW)
2nd Alternate: Willian Cardoso (BRA)
3rd Alternate: Chris Davidson (AUS)
4th Alternate: Thiago Camarao (BRA)

1. Kelly Slater- He has proved it 11 times before, and has every opportunity to prove it for the 12th time this go round. Slater is a legend in the sport already, and continues to improve and maintain his excellence on the waves. His battles with Andy Irons for top spot over the years surely tested him and gave him the tools he needed to continue on his winning ways, no matter the competition. Slater may be aging, but it’s never safe to say he is fading.

2. John John Florence- The budding young surf stud proved his worth with his competitive outings in 2011. His win of the Vans Triple Crown has landed him almost directly in the middle of the pack of the top 34. He is a lean, mean, surfing machine and still young. As he progresses, we will definitely see World Titles under his belt, but will this season be the first of many? He has all of the tools and shouldn’t be slept on. Florence could take the cake this tour.

3. Taj Burrow-  The multiple time Runner-Up made his way to the Podium in Haleiwa in December, but hopes to make it a faster trip on the coming tour. Almost every surfer on the tour last year stated that he was surfing the best he ever had and that they all view him as a serious threat for the title. Burrow has been turning heads since his rookie year, and quite possibly in 2012, will have them turning again as he hopes to steal the title.

2012 ASP WORLD TITLE SCHEDULE:
- Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast (February 25 – March 7, 2012)
- Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach (April 3 – 14, 2012)
- Billabong Rio Pro (May 9 – 20, 2012)
- Volcom Fiji Pro (June 3 – 15, 2012)
- Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay (July 11 – 21, 2012)
- Billabong Pro Tahiti (August 16 – 27, 2012)
- Hurley Pro at Trestles (September 16 – 22, 2012)
- Quiksilver Pro France (September 28 – October 8, 2012)
- Rip Curl Pro Portugal (October 10 – 21, 2012)
- O’Neill Cold Water Classic Santa Cruz (November 2 – 12, 2012)
- Billabong Pipe Masters (December 8 – 20, 2012)

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