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Like the rest of us, Mick Fanning and Joel Parkinson look confused as ASP president Brodie Carr breaks down the changes to the World Tour. Photo:

Joel Parkinson and Mick Fanning inspect the new ASP World Tour format while ASP president Brodie Carr breaks down the changes. Photo:

8. ASP World Tour Trims Its Ranks

In an effort to cut down on the number of days it takes to stage an event and showcase only the best talent, the ASP culled its ranks from 45 to 32. The “Chop” as it was called, signaled the end of the WQS (World Qualifying Series) and a new “One World Ranking” was born. While at first it seemed confusing, the new format allows contest organizers to better utilize a three-day swell as well as allow fresh talent to head up against the world’s best. While the changes aren’t over yet, it’s good see surfing following the lead of other major sports with a One World Ranking and a rotating crop of talent.

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