ASP Europe Spring Leg Starts April 1st

April 1st marks the beginning of the ASP Europe spring leg, which kicks off with the 1-Star Longboard Qualifying Series in Tapia de Casariego, Spain. Longboarders from all over Europe prepare to surf the cold European waters.

ASP Europe Spring Leg.  Photo: Aquashot/aspeurope.comCapbreton, France – The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Europe proudly confirms the spring leg, set to begin on April 1, 2010. The spring leg will consist of six consecutive coed events in four different divisions. 

The ASP 1-Star Longboard Qualifying Series (LQS) is scheduled from April 1 to 3 in Tapia de Casariego, Spain.  One of Europe’s longest running events, the Goanna Pro Tapia has decided to opt for the longboard format for the second year in a row.

Male and female longboarders from all over Europe gather in hope of qualifying for the ASP World Longboard Tour (WLT).

“The Goanna Pro Tapia has been supporting professional surfing in Europe for almost twenty years,” ASP Europe Regional Director Grégoire Puget said. “With its unique typical village and longtime surfing culture, it is natural to see longboard surfing get back to one of the first surfing events in Europe. It will be a great start for our 2010 tour.”

The ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS) 6-Star O’Neill Cold Water Classic (CWC) Scotland by Swatch, second stop of the O’Neill CWC Series running between April 13 and 19, will be the first stop for WQS athletes in Europe, the tour heading to the extreme northern highlands of Scotland. 

“The O'Neill Cold Water Classic Scotland is one of those events that makes our sport so special,” ASP Europe President David Mailman said. “It is a unique and challenging destination that brings diversity to the tour.”

The 2010 ASP Tour will then move to France for the ASP WQS 4-Star Protest Vendee Pro in the town of Bretignolles-Sur-Mer and its renowned reef of La Sauzaie.

Situated on the West coast of France just below Brittany, the typical French style outback will host a crucial stop of the 2010 tour with no less than $85,000 up for grabs.

La Sauzaie will also welcome the first stop of the 2010 ASP European Women’s Junior tour, the ASP Grade-1 Breti’ Girls Pro Junior, which has seen surf star and ASP Women’s Elite rookie Lee-Ann Curren launch a successful career.

“The Protest Vendee Pro is a really cool event,” former event champion Tim Boal said. “It's good to see a contest in a different part of France. I won my first important event there a few years ago and ended up qualifying for the tour the year after.”

Two major ASP Women’s World Qualifying Series (WQS) 6-Star events will wrap-up the opening leg of the ASP 2010 Tour, the world’s best female surfers hitting the world famous beachbreaks of Estoril in Portugal and Hossegor in France. 

April 1st is just around the corner and a fantastic start to the 2010 ASP Europe spring leg in Tapia de Casariego, Spain can be guaranteed.


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