HUNTINGTON BEACH, California (Monday, January 14, 2008) — In light of the arrest and subsequent charges brought against professional surfer Chris Ward ( San Clemente, Calif.), the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP), has launched an investigation into the allegedly criminal acts occurring in the early hours of Tuesday, Jan. 8th, 2007.
According to reports, Ward was arrested after an altercation with three females outside of a bar in Mammoth Lakes, Calif. Ward has since been charged with assault with a deadly weapon (other than a firearm), three counts of assault and battery and disturbing the peace.
The ASP recognizes the seriousness of the allegations and is treating the investigation as a high priority. However, given the pending criminal case on the matter, the ASP will await the outcome of that ruling prior to making any final determination.
According to ASP Rules & Disciplinary Committee Chairman Robert Gerard, “Any surfer who damages the image of the sporting body, no matter the place or location, is subject to suspension or expulsion from the ASP World Tour.
The ASP will release further information once its investigation is complete and the criminal case is resolved.