2014 Locked and Loaded

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posted by Kate McCart

So 2013 is done and dusted, Mick Fanning has an extra trophy to dust, Kelly Slater has a self-proclaimed renewed competitive flame and another Pipe Trophy and the ASP has a locked down 2014 schedule and full roster of ready and armed athletes.

The final event of the year, The Billabong Pipeline Masters presented by Billabong, plays a vital role in the requalification and qualification dreams of many surfers, and this year was no different. The last two days of the event saw dreams rise and fade for some surfers, who came incredibly close to requalifying, but have sadly been relegated to compete on the 2014 qualification tour. Still, travelling the world surfing has to be better than sitting behind a desk right?

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The top 22 from the WCT placing’s have joined the next top 10 (Barring double qualifiers) from the 2013 ASP Qualification Series’ and 2 ASP injury wildcards to make up the 2014 top 34.

2013 ASP World Championship Tour (WCT) Top 22:
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Mick Fanning (AUS)
2. Kelly Slater (USA)
3. Joel Parkinson (AUS)
4. Jordy Smith (ZAF)
5. Taj Burrow (AUS)
6. Julian Wilson (AUS)
7. Kai Otton (AUS)
8. Nat Young (USA)
9. Josh Kerr (AUS)
10. John John Florence (HAW)
11. C.J. Hobgood (USA)
12. Michel Bourez (PYF)
13. Adriano de Souza (BRA)
14. Gabriel Medina (BRA)
15. Filipe Toledo (BRA)
16. Sebastian Zietz (HAW)
17. Adrian Buchan (AUS)
18. Jeremy Flores (FRA)
19. Miguel Pupo (BRA)
20. Fred Patacchia (HAW)
21. Bede Durbidge (AUS)
22. Matt Wilkinson (AUS)

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2013 ASP Qualification Series (QS) Top 10 (barring double qualifiers):
– Adam Melling (AUS)
– Kolohe Andino (USA)
– Alejo Muniz (BRA)
– Jadson Andre (BRA)
– Mitch Crews (AUS)
– Aritz Aranburu (EUK)
– Raoni Monteiro (BRA)
– Travis Logie (ZAF)
– Dion Atkinson (AUS)
– Brett Simpson (USA)

December was a tough month for some, sitting back and watching the final events unfold, unsure as to whether they would secure an ASP injury wildcard or not. In the end, the ASP allocated these two ASP Wildcards to Owen Wright (AUS) and Tiago Pires (PRT). There was such a high number of surfers requesting consideration for these slots that the ASP has in fact allocated the first ASP replacement slot to a unsuccessful injury wildcard candidate, Glen Hall (IRL). The Irish natural, with an Australian heart the size of a lion injured himself surfing in the Volcom Pro at Fiji this year, and has been out of action since. SurfStitch wishes him all the best in 2014 and looks forward to catching up with him soon for some insight into his rehabilitation and 2014 preparation plans.

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This final moves confirmed the ASP replacement surfers to be:
– Glenn Hall (IRL)
– Mitch Coleborn (AUS) – next in line on 2013 ASP QS rankings
– Patrick Gudauskas (USA) – next in line on 2013 ASP WCT rankings
– Willian Cardoso (BRA) – second in line on 2013 ASP QS rankings

This decision by the ASP did however make a birth at 2014 CT events a little harder for Mitch Coleborn, who would have otherwise been the first replacement. Mitch came agonisingly close to qualification, missing the qualification cut-off by a single spot, pipped at the post by Brett Simpson who had to requalify through his QS ranking. Being an enormous fan of Mitch’s surfing personally, it’s a real disappointment he isn’t a confirmed starter for 2014, but with such an arsenal of moves it’s just a matter of time before this Sunshine Coast local is lighting up the tour!

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The first ASP event kicks off on the Gold Coast in just under 2 months, with the window running from March 1st through to March 12th.