With the Billabong Pipeline Masters being all that remains in the 2008 ASP World Tour, one that saw the world title essentially locked up coming out of the Australian leg, the 2009 Dream Tour is already starting to take shape.
Who will be there? Many of the spots have already been locked up and Hawaii will resolve the rest over the next few weeks. Where will the events take place? The ASP handled that bit today by releasing their 2009 WCT schedule.
While much of the tour remains the same, there are a couple of noticeable differences on tap for ‘09. The Brazil event has (thank god) been moved up to June. After the mess that was this years Hang Loose Santa Catarina Pro, and the overall disinterest in the event in general, a change was needed. Who knows if this move will actually make a difference, but anything is better than what it has been.
The other change is the removal of the Globe Pro Fiji. No motive was given for the omission from 2009, but while the event saw incredible surf this year it seems that the political climate and logistics of running the event in Fiji have apparently proved themselves as too much to overcome.
Here is the 2009 ASP World Tour schedule, check it out and start making plans to attend any event possible-
Men’s ASP World Tour 2009 Schedule:
Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast: Feb 28 – Mar 11, 2009
Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach: Apr 7 – 19, 2009
Billabong Pro Teahupoo: May 9 – 20, 2009
Hang Loose Santa Catarina Pro: Jun 27 – Jul 5, 2009
Billabong Pro J-Bay: Jul 9 – 19, 2009
Boost Mobile Pro pres by Hurley: Sept 11 – 20, 2009
Quiksilver Pro France: Sept 23 – Oct 4, 2009
Billabong Pro Mundaka: Oct 5 – 17, 2009
Rip Curl Pro Search: Oct 19 – 28, 2009
Billabong Pipeline Masters: Dec 8 – 20, 2009
Posted by Shaun on Sunday, November 16th, 2008 in Surfing.