ASP ratings blunder re-opens World Title race

5 Nov 2011 0 Share

The ASP has been forced to admit a flaw in its ranking system means that it is still technically possible for Owen Wright to claim the 2011 World Title. The revelation, published on the ASP website, shows that while this situation would involve a series of seemingly improbable events, not least of which being Slater failing to advance through another heat over the next two events, it does appear the champagne was broken out a little early last week.

ASP World Tour Manager, Renato Hickel, explained on the ASP site: “Our rankings’ system is designed to split tie-breaks based off of seed points. Kelly (Slater) and Owen (Wright) tied at best nine of 11 results, so we went to best eight of 11 results and the system gave it to Kelly based off his higher seed position. We were operating under that assumption and created the ASP World Title scenarios based off of that. This was a mistake. In the end, we’re responsible for this and should be held accountable. We apologize to our fans, the surfers and to Owen and Kelly.”

According to the ASP, the current scenarios for the remaining tour events of 2011 are now as follows:

Kelly needs to win one more heat win in San Francisco to confirm his 2011 ASP World Title.

If Kelly fails to win another heat in San Francisco and Owen wins the event, the title race will go to Hawaii.

In that case, Kelly must advance out of one heat to take the title. If he fails to advance through a heat at Pipeline, Owen must also win this event to stay in the 2011 ASP World Title Race.

So, if Kelly fails to advance out of another heat this season, and Owen wins in San Francisco and Pipeline, the two will tie, and the 2011 ASP World Title will be decided in a “Surf Off”.

That's a lot of 'if's, but it remains to be seen whether Slater will be sipping from the big silver cup again in the next few days. As competition mind games go, he's been handed a wildcard. For his part, Owen can only focus on winning and hope Slater may fall on his sword or that, after 20 years, Kelly's uncanny ability to find waves and win heats when it count may suddenly desert him.

One thing's for sure, it'll be a little awkward around the competitor's tent when the Rip Curl Search resumes in San Fran.

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