How Are The ASP Judging Changes Fairing?

World number 3 Taj Burrow discussing the differences between a huge vertical hit and an easy double grab air.

World number 3 Taj Burrow discussing the differences between a huge vertical hit and an easy double grab air.

Nearly halfway through the 2010 ASP World Title Race (formerly World Tour) season we’ve already witnessed some major changes to the Dream Tour. Thirteen surfers have been booted off, making for the historic first-ever trimming of the fat during a season (head here for the list of the unlucky thirteen). And after the Billabong Pro Tahiti wraps up sometime in the next day-and-a-half, we’ll be witnesses to a brand new 36-man format right here on US soil for the Hurley Pro at Lower Trestles. But remember way back in January when the judging criteria got revised? And then back in February when at-the-time head ASP Judge Perry Hatchet got axed?

Well, how’s his replacement Richie Porter, and more importantly, the new judging criteria, sitting with the world’s best surfers? Because that’s the true test of changes: if those who it affects directly trash it or praise it. Peep the video of some of the tour’s best giving their thoughts on the new judging criteria. Below is the new criteria as set forth back in January:

The ASP Judging Criteria for 2010 and beyond is as follows:
Surfers must perform to the ASP Judging Key Concepts to maximize their scoring potential.
Judges analyze the following major concepts when scoring waves:
-          Commitment and Degree of Difficulty
-          Innovative and Progressive Maneuvers
-          Combination of Major Maneuvers
-          Variety of Maneuvers
-          Speed, Power and Flow

Judges will utilize a 75-25% ratio being that surfers will only ever get a maximum of 75% (7.5pts) of the scale for surfing only one aspect of Modern or Traditional, up to an additional 25%  (2.5pts) can be added when the two aspects are combined. Incomplete maneuvers will not be rewarded.

Scale Utilized:
0.0 – 1.9 = Poor
2.0 – 2.9 = Fair
4.0 – 5.9 = Average
6.0 – 7.9 = Good
8.0 – 10.0 = Excellent

We want to hear what you have to say on the new judging criteria in the comments below. Do you agree with it? Is it whack? Let your thoughts fly in the comments section below.