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2013 ASP World Championship: Tour Schedule Stops

Ryan BrowerContributor IIINovember 19, 2012

2013 ASP World Championship: Tour Schedule Stops

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    The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) just released the 2013 World Championship Tour schedule. It looks fairly similar to the 2012 schedule besides the loss of the O'Neill Coldwater Classic Santa Cruz event. The nine-stop schedule is tentatively as follows:

    2013 ASP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TOUR:

    1. Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast, March 2-13, 2013
    2. Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach, March 27-April 7, 2013
    3. Billabong Rio Pro, May 8-19, 2013
    4. Volcom Pro Fiji, June 2-14, 2013
    5. Billabong Pro Teahupo’o, August 15-26, 2013
    6. Hurley Pro at Trestles, September 15-21, 2013
    7. Quiksilver Pro France, September 27-October 7, 2013
    8. Rip Curl Pro Portugal, October 9-20, 2013
    9. Billabong Pipe Masters, December 8-20, 2013

    There are many questions still to be answered for this year's tour (Who will win the title? Will Kelly Slater finally retire? Who will make the cuts?), but for now follow us as we hop around the world and give you an in-depth look at every single stop for next year's ASP World Championship Tour. 

Stop 1. Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast

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    When


    March 2-13, 2012

     

     

    Where


    Snapper Rocks on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. 

     

     

    Who Won Last Year


    Australian Taj Burrow beat Brazilian Adriano De Souza in the finals. 

     

     

    Why it's on the World Championship Tour


    Snapper Rocks is one of the greatest right-hand point breaks in the world, located in the hub of the surf industry on the Gold Coast of Australia. It provides one of the best arenas in the sport, and the ASP World Championship Tour couldn't kick off each season any other way. 

Stop 2. Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach

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    When


    March 27-April 7, 2013

     

     

    Where


    Bells Beach, Victoria, Australia

     

     

    Who Won Last Year


    Australian Mick Fanning beat American Kelly Slater in the finals. 

     

     

    Why it's on the World Championship Tour


    The Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach event is the longest-standing contest on the World Championship Tour. Without it the tour would not exist. The long walls of Bells Beach provide challenging conditions for the world's best surfers and is always exciting to watch. 

Stop 3. Billabong Rio Pro

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    When


    May 8-19, 2013

     

     

    Where


    Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil

     

     

    Who Won Last Year


    Hawaiian John John Florence beat Australian Joel Parkinson in the finals. 

     

    Why it's on the World Championship Tour

    Brazil is one of the biggest growing sectors of the surf industry right now. Young talent is coming out of the country on a regular basis, and the Billabong Pro Rio aims to expose more Brazilian youth to the sport of surfing in hopes of growing the sport event further. 

Stop 4. Volcom Fiji Pro

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    When


    June 2-14, 2013

     

     

    Where


    Cloudbreak on the island of Tavarua/Namotu, Fiji

     

     

    Who Won Last Year


    American Kelly Slater beat Brazilian Gabriel Medina in the finals. 

     

     

    Why it's on the World Championship Tour

    Pipeline, Teahupo'o and Cloudbreak are considered the three best left-hand waves in the world. Cloudbreak had been on the World Championship Tour in year's past but was taken off the schedule due to country conflicts for years. Re-emerging in 2012 onto the World Tour schedule, Cloudbreak certainly deserves to be a stop for years to come. 

Stop 5. Billabong Pro Teahupo'o

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    When


    August 15-26, 2013

     

     

    Where


    Teahupo'o on the island of Taiarapu, French Polynesia

     

     

    Who Won Last Year


    Australian Mick Fanning beat fellow Australian Joel Parkinson in the finals. 

     

     

    Why it's on the World Championship Tour


    It is also a day in paradise in Tahiti. One of the scariest waves in the world, Teahupo'o offers the world's best surfers a serious challenge with a remoteness and tranquility not found elsewhere on the World Championship Tour. 

Stop 6. Hurley Pro

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    When


    September 15-21, 2013

     

     

    Where


    Lower Trestles in San Clemente, California, United States of America

     

     

    Who Won Last Year


    American Kelly Slater beat Australian Joel Parkinson in the finals. 

     

     

    Why it's on the World Championship Tour


    Lower Trestles is surfing's skate park. Right in the heart of America's surf industry, the wave allows for high-performance maneuvers, like aerials, on a regular basis. It will remain a staple of the ASP for years to come. 

Stop 7. Quiksilver Pro France

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    When


    September 27-October 7, 2013

     

     

    Where


    South West Coast, France

     

     

    Who Won Last Year

    American Kelly Slater beat fellow American Dane Reynolds in the finals. 

     

    Why it's on the World Championship Tour

    France is all about fine wine, fine women, and fine waves. The beach breaks along the South Western Coast during the fall months light up from tropical storm systems and offer up some of the best waves the Atlantic Ocean can churn out. 

Stop 8. Rip Curl Pro

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    When


    October 9-20, 2013

     

     

    Where


    Supertubos in Peniche, Portugal

     

     

    Who Won Last Year


    Australian Julian Wilson beat Brazilian Gabriel Medina in the finals. 

     

     

    Why it's on the World Championship Tour


    Portugal remains the second stop on the European leg. The classic hollow waves of Supertubos gives the world's best surfers a great playground to go off in. 

Stop 9. Billabong Pipe Masters

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    When


    December 8-20, 2013

     

     

    Where


    Banzai Pipeline on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii

     

     

    Who Won Last Year


    T.B.D.

     

     

    Why it's on the World Championship Tour


    Pipeline is synonymous with perfection in surfing. It will forever be surfing's proving ground. Every surfer dreams of being able to surf Pipeline like the world's best. It is the only place deemed worthy of capping off the World Tour every year. 

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