The ASP (Association of Surfing Professionals) Women's World Title Series has announced the line up for its 2012 Dream Tour Season. And it looks like being one of the most exciting tours yet.
The 17 elite surfers who'll be competing on next year's ASP Women's World Tour are made up from the top ten finishers on the 2011 tour, plus the top six from the Women’s World Ranking and one ASP Wildcard, yet to be confirmed.
The rookies landing a place on the tour for 2012 are Malia Manuel (HAW), 18, Lakey Peterson (USA), 16, Sage Erickson (USA), 20, and Justine Dupont (FRA), 20 – youngsters who'll be positively goggle-eyed with excitement at the prospect of battling it against such gold-standard surfers as Red Bull's Carissa Moore (HAW), Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) and Sofia Mulanovich (PER).
Hawaii's 19-year-old Carissa Moore will be hoping to lead the way once again in 2012 after taking the 2011 Women's World Title. Still trained by her dad, Moore has been one of surfing’s most exciting competitors since she was a grom and she lived up to all her early promise this year by becoming the youngest ever surfer to win the title.
Twenty-year-old Aussie sensation Sally Fitzgibbons pushed Moore all way and almost improved on her second-place finish in 2010. She even triumphed over Moore at the Rip Curl Women's Pro at Bells Beach, the Subaru Pro in Taranaki, New Zealand, and in the US Open of Surfing at Huntington Beach. It's only a matter of time before she wins the title she's had her eye on since, at the age of 14, she became the youngest ever rider – male or female – to claim a victory on the ASP Pro Junior Tour.
Peruvian surfer Sofia Mulanovich will be hoping to scale the heights she did as one of the younger members of the tour. At 21 she won the 2004 Women’s World Title, becoming the first South American to win a world title. In 2007 she was the first South American to be inducted into the surfers hall of fame and when Red Bull caught up with her a year later in 2008, she was already a living legend in her own country.
Will all but one of the names announced things are already heating up ahead of the first stop on the 2012 ASP Women’s World Tour – the Roxy Pro Gold Coast on February 25. Bring it on.