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New era of surfing continues with release of Big Wave schedule

The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) has announced the schedule for the 2014-15 Big Wave World Tour (BWWT), with two new events added to the calendar in South Africa and Maui.

Showcasing the world’s leading big wave surfers, the BWWT comprises a flexible two-part schedule, activating events in both hemispheres in line with optimum swell windows. The southern hemisphere campaign will run from April 15 through August 31, taking in Punta de Lobos, Chile; Pico Alto, Peru and Dungeons in Cape Town.

The northern hemisphere segment will run from October 15 to February 28, 2015 in Todos Santos, Mexico; Punta Galea in the Basque country of Spain and Pe’ahi (Jaws) in Maui. The unveiling of the schedule comes amid a year of great change for the sport of surfing. Founded by renowned big wave legend Gary Linden in 2009, the BWWT was acquired by the ASP in 2013 and the Tour will be serviced by the governing body of professional surfing moving forward.

The 2014 season heralds a landmark moment for surfing with the convergence of production, marketing, media, social and sponsorship initiatives under the ASP banner for the first time in the sport’s history. Under the reform plans, the ASP will oversee three global tours in the shape of the men’s and women’s championships and the BWWT.

“This year’s ASP BWWT schedule is a great start to the new season,” Peter Mel, former BWWT champion and ASP deputy commissioner, said. “The addition of Dungeons and Pe’ahi really cement the foundation of this Tour in determining the world’s most comprehensive big wave surfer. The variety of each of these breaks and the culture of the local communities makes this a very special thing to be a part of.”