ASP Int’l, QLD, Australia (Wednesday, July 10) After 22 years of service invarious capacities, ASP stalwart Al Hunt has announced that 2002 will be his testimonial year as Tour Director.
The retirement of Al Hunt marks the end of an era at ASP. Credited withstatistical input from the inception of structured professional surfing, Altook on an official position as an IPS World Tour Judge in 1978, was promoted to Head Judge and Assistant Tour Rep in 1982, and in 1983, when theworld governing body became ASP, Al was again appointed Head Judge and Assistant Tour Rep by ASP Executive Director Ian Cairns.
In 1984 Al Hunt assumed the position of ASP Tour Director, a post he has notonly held, but shaped over the last 18 years.
On receipt of the resignation, ASP President Wayne ‘Rabbit’ Bartholomew had this to say, “Al Hunt has been there from day one. No, way before that. I have known Al since 1969 and as for pro surfing, he has always been thereabouts. I salute Al’s dedication to the sport and on behalf of ASP International, thank him for his contribution in the 70′s, 80′s, 90′s andinto the millennium. A true foundation member.”
As momentous as this announcement is, Al Hunt will still be involved in ASP,as Statistician and Liaison to the WQS. This new position will allow Al to work for ASP from a home base on a part-time basis, allowing more time with the family and hopefully more time on the golf course.
Stepping into the role of Tour Director in 2003 will be Renato Hickel of Florianopolis, Brazil. A former ASP Head Judge, current WCT Judge and ASP Special Projects Manager, Renato brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this already well established position. Tour Director for the World Longboard Tour in 2001/02, Renato will work closely with Al over the secondhalf of the year in readiness for 2003.