The Association of Surf Professionals will cease to exist by the end of the year and will be known as the World Surf League (WSL) from 2015.
The Winterfest surf event, the JBay Open will form part of the WSL as no changes to the format of the current World Championship Tour are expected at this stage.
“At the start of the 2015 season, we will change our name to the World Surf League (WSL).
We’re making this change because we believe the new name is easier to understand, and gets us on a better track to serve our fans, athletes and partners, and to grow the great sport of professional surfing worldwide,” said CEO Paul Speaker from the ASP.
“We want to salute everyone upon whose shoulders we stand, from the creators of the ASP to their forefathers at what was originally known as the International Professional Surfers (IPS).
It was the hard work of all of these people that provided the platform that we all share today and it is with them, and with you, that we look forward to ushering in the new era of the World Surf League,” added Speaker.