The next event in 2012 ASP Star series is the 5-Star rated, $130 000 Volcom Pipe Pro in Hawaii which runs from 7-12 February. Shaun Joubert (Mossel Bay) is the No. 10 seed and he will be joined by Brandon Jackson and Rudy Palmboom (Bluff) in the event which will be held at Pipeline on the north shore of the island of Oahu.
Stop one of 10 on the ASP Prime series for 2012 is the Hang Loose Pro on the idyllic tropical island of Fernando de Noronha off the coast of Brazil from 7-12 February. Joubert is the sole ASP Africa member entered and is the No. 28 seed for the $250 000 event.
The Women’s Star series gets underway with the 6-Star rated, $40 000 Australian Open at Manly Beachin Sydney from 13-19 February.
ASP World No. 8, Jordy Smith (Cape Town), and No. 31, Travis Logie (Durban), start their respective campaigns on the 2012 ASP World Title Series at the $425 000 Quiksilver Pro on the Gold Coast of Australia from 25 February to 7 March.
ASP Africa will be represented by six men and two women in the $100 000 Billabong ASP World Junior, the third and final leg of the 2011 ASP World Junior Tour (WJT), on the Gold Coast of Queensland, Australia, from 20-29 January.
Beyrick de Vries (Umhlanga), Slade Prestwich (Scottburgh), Dylan Lightfoot (JeffreysBay) and Michael February (Kommetjie) earned their invitations to the WJT via their performances on the ASP Africa Junior series. Dale Staples, who finished the No. 3 ranked surfer in last year’s ASP WJT, and David van Zyl (Glenashley), who replaces Shaun Joubert, are the two selected from ASP World rankings.
Defending Billabong ASP Women’s World Junior champion Bianca Buitendag (George) is the ASP Africa selection in the women’s event while Sarah Baum, 17, who finished last year ranked No. 11 on the ASP Women’s Star series, qualifies via those rankings.