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The World Surfing Champion is a title awarded annually to the best competition surfer for the year, today based on points earned for placings at events on the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) ASP World Tour. A qualification system decides who can compete on the tour, for a total of 44 men (the top 44 as they're called) and 16 women.

History Edit

The earliest world titles were amateur events decided by a single event, open to all comers, and were held only intermittently. The first was at [[Manly, New South Wales Manly in Sydney in 1964. The second was held in Lima, Peru in 1965.

From 1973 to 1975, there was no amateur championship held. The International Surfing Federation had been unable to establish a format or sponsorship and concurrent with this the new professional era was dawning.

1968 World Champion Fred Hemmings, retired from competition and began his career as an event promoter and ran the Smirnoff Rip Curl World Pro/Am that became the defacto professional World Championship from 1970 through 1975. The winners were; 1970: Nat Young (Australia), 1971: Gavin Rudolph (South Africa), 1972: Paul Neilsen (Australia), 1973: Ian Cairns (Australia), 1974: Reno Abellira (Hawaii) and 1975: Mark Richards (Australia).

In 1976 the International Professional Surfing (IPS) organisation was formed by the 1968 champion, turned promoter, Fred Hemmings. It put together an annual tour of 12 events around the world with a points system for event placings to decide a ratings winner at the end. This is the format used today by the ASP.

Peter Townend and Ian Cairns devised the points scoring system, shamelessly (as PT put it) appropriating the way Formula One motor racing did it. Townend also ended up the winner that first year (1976) with Cairns finishing in second.

In early years the title brought honour but only modest financial rewards in extra sponsorship etc, and not all professional surfers had it as their goal. In 1979 for instance when Mark Richards won he hadn't even attended all the events, reckoning it better to concentrate on his board shaping business than travel for the South African leg.

In 1982, following a less than positive experience with the IPS at the new Op Pro, Ian Cairns formed the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) which crowned its first champion, Tom Carroll, in 1983. The ASP continues as the worldwide sanctioning body for professional surfing.

In 1999, Mark Occhilupo's win was a remarkable comeback. He'd been on the tour about 10 years earlier but had abandoned it, then returned stronger than ever.

In 2001 the ASP cut the tour short after the World Trade Center attacks of 9/11, on surfers' fears for their safety at competitions. The ratings leader C. J. Hobgood was declared the championship winner.

Records Edit

As with almost every any sport there's an element of fortune needed in surfing competitions. The competition format, types of waves and human judging all have an effect, which leaves plenty of room for speculation about excellent surfers who never won a title, or could have won more.

Mark Richards' record of 4 titles above and below 1979 to 1983 stood until 1997 when Kelly Slater took his 5th. It was joked that it'd taken so long Richards was scarcely remembered by young fans and was known to them only as "that guy whose record Kelly beat". Slater's 7th win in 2005 made him both the youngest and oldest champion.

Frieda Zamba, Wendy Botha and Lisa Anderson all took 4 women's titles. Anderson was followed by dominance and 6 titles by Layne Beachley.

Men's World TourEdit

ChampionsEdit

Year Name Country Points
1964 Midget Farrelly Template:AUS -
1965 Jackson Flynn Template:AUS -
1966 Nat Young Template:AUS -
1968 Fred Hemmings Template:USA (H) -
1970 Rolf Aurness Template:USA -
1972 James Blears Template:USA (H) -
Smirnoff World Pro/Am
1970 Nat Young [2] Template:AUS -
1971 Gavin Rudolph Template:RSA -
1972 Paul Neilsen Template:AUS -
1973 Ian Cairns Template:AUS -
1974 Reno Abellira Template:USA (H) -
1975 Mark Richards Template:AUS -
IPS tour
1976 Peter Townend Template:AUS -
1977 Shaun Tomson Template:RSA -
1978 Wayne Bartholomew Template:AUS -
1979 Mark Richards [2] Template:AUS -
1980 Mark Richards [3] Template:AUS -
1981 Mark Richards [4] Template:AUS -
1982 Mark Richards [5] Template:AUS -
1983 Tom Carroll Template:AUS -
1984 Tom Carroll [2] Template:AUS -
1985 Tom Curren Template:USA -
1986 Tom Curren [2] Template:USA -
1987 Damien Hardman Template:AUS -
1988 Barton Lynch Template:AUS -
1989 Martin Potter Template:UK -
1990 Tom Curren [3] Template:USA -
1991 Damien Hardman [2] Template:AUS -
1992 Kelly Slater Template:USA -
1993 Derek Ho Template:USA (H) -
1994 Kelly Slater [2] Template:USA -
1995 Kelly Slater [3] Template:USA -
1996 Kelly Slater [4] Template:USA -
1997 Kelly Slater [5] Template:USA -
1998 Kelly Slater [6] Template:USA -
1999 Mark Occhilupo Template:AUS -
2000 Sunny Garcia Template:USA (H) -
2001 C. J. Hobgood Template:USA -
2002 Andy Irons Template:USA (H) -
2003 Andy Irons [2] Template:USA (H) -
2004 Andy Irons [3] Template:USA (H) -
2005 Kelly Slater Template:USA -
2006 Kelly Slater [8] Template:USA 8124
2007 Mick Fanning Template:AUS 8136
2008 TBA TBA -

Most World ChampionshipsEdit

Wins Surfer Country
8 Kelly Slater Template:USA
5 Mark Richards Template:AUS
3
Tom Curren Template:USA
Andy Irons Template:USA (H)
2
Damian Hardman Template:AUS
Tom Carroll Template:AUS

Longboard World TourEdit

ChampionsEdit

Year Name Country Points
1986 Nat Young Template:AUS -
1987 Stuart Entwistle Template:AUS -
1988 Nat Young [2] Template:AUS -
1989 Nat Young [3] Template:AUS -
1990 Nat Young [4] Template:AUS -
1991 Martin McMillan Template:AUS -
1992 Joey Hawkins Template:USA -
1993 Rusty Keaulana Template:USA (H) -
1994 Rusty Keaulana [2] Template:USA (H) -
1995 Rusty Keaulana [3] Template:USA (H) -
1996 Bonga Perkins Template:USA (H) -
1997 Dino Miranda Template:USA (H) -
1998 Joel Tudor Template:USA -
1999 Colin McPhillips Template:USA -
2000 Beau Young Template:AUS -
2001 Colin McPhillips [2] Template:USA -
2002 Colin McPhillips [3] Template:USA -
2003 Beau Young [2] Template:AUS -
2004 Joel Tudor [2] Template:USA -
2006 Josh Constable Template:AUS -
2007 Phil Rajzman Template:BRA -

Most World ChampionshipsEdit

Wins Surfer Country
4 Nat Young Template:AUS
3
Colin McPhillips Template:USA
Rusty Keaulana Template:USA (H)
2
Joel Tudor Template:USA
Beau Young Template:AUS

Women's World TourEdit

ChampionsEdit

Year Name Country Points
1964 Phyllis O'Donnell Template:AUS -
1970 Sharon Webber Template:USA -
IPS tour
1977 Margo Oberg Template:USA (H) -
1978 Lynn Boyer Template:USA (H) -
1979 Lynn Boyer [2] Template:USA (H) -
1980 Margo Oberg [2] Template:USA (H) -
1981 Margo Oberg [3] Template:USA (H) -
1982 Debbie Beacham Template:USA -
ASP tour
1983 Kim Mearig Template:USA -
1984 Freida Zamba Template:USA -
1985 Freida Zamba [2] Template:USA -
1986 Freida Zamba [3] Template:USA -
1987 Wendy Botha Template:RSA -
1988 Freida Zamba [4] Template:USA -
1989 Wendy Botha [2] Template:AUS -
1990 Pam Burridge Template:AUS -
1991 Wendy Botha [3] Template:AUS -
1992 Wendy Botha [4] Template:AUS -
1993 Pauline Menczer Template:AUS -
1994 Lisa Anderson Template:USA -
1995 Lisa Anderson [2] Template:USA -
1996 Lisa Anderson [3] Template:USA -
1997 Lisa Anderson [4] Template:USA -
1998 Layne Beachley Template:AUS -
1999 Layne Beachley [2] Template:AUS -
2000 Layne Beachley [3] Template:AUS -
2001 Layne Beachley [4] Template:AUS -
2002 Layne Beachley [5] Template:AUS -
2003 Layne Beachley [6] Template:AUS -
2004 Sofia Mulanovich Template:PER -
2005 Chelsea Georgeson Template:AUS -
2006 Layne Beachley [7] Template:AUS -
2007 Stephanie Gilmore Template:AUS 4308
2008 TBA TBA -

Most World ChampionshipsEdit

Wins Surfer Country
7 Layne Beachley Template:AUS
4
Lisa Anderson Template:USA
Wendy Botha Template:RSA/Template:AUS
Freida Zamba Template:USA
3 Margo Oberg Template:USA (H)
2 Lynne Boyer Template:USA (H)

See alsoEdit

References Edit

External linksEdit

eu:ASP World Tour fr:ASP World Tour pt:ASP World Tour

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