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    The official
    story

    of Blue Tarp Surfing

  • Once upon
    a tarp,

    in sunny Southern California,
    there was a man.

  • One day while at
    his boat,

    a gust of wind
    began to blow...

  • The wind caught
    the tarp...

    ...and it blew in the air!
    This gave the man an idea...

  • The man
    rushed home,

    and told his boys
    about his incredible new idea.

  • One tarp,
    one skateboard,

    and a ton of fun later...

  • Blue Tarp Surfing was born!

    And the sport has only just begun to catch on!

  • Click to see the original video

    that started the craze!

    Click to view the original tarp surfing video
  • ASP Changes Name

    January 14, 2014

     

    ASP TO BECOME ‘WORLD SURF LEAGUE’
    Name change to take place at beginning of 2015 season
    It’s official. We’ve grown up. At least pro surfing has been around long enough to have three name changes: International Professional Surfers (1976-1982), the Association of Surfing Professionals (1983-2014), and starting next year, according to a letter just released by the organization, its new name will be the World Surf League.

    The ASP was founded in January of 1983 by Ian Cairns after what he saw as a failure on the part of the IPS.

    Cairns wrote the following explanation on Surfline back in 2009:

    “Nothing seemed to be improving; prize-money was not going up, the number of events was going down, the assistance provided to the events and the surfers from the association was perceived as minimal, the rules needed updating, the media coverage needed to be improved, no major outside sponsorship was coming in. I went to Mike Parnell at Op and convinced him to support a new breakaway tour and the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) was born.”

    Shaun Tomson, 1977 world champ and longtime supporter of pro surfing, is excited to see the change from the ASP to the WSL. “The ASP was a way to bring surfers and competition directors and sponsors together to create a new entity that represented the sport,” he said. “By having this independent organization [WSL] to chart the future of surfing, I think it’s the next step. When you compare it to other sports, we have this unbelievable product.”

    Below is an open letter from the ASP’s CEO Paul Speaker:

    “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.
    “We want you to know that changing our name was a carefully considered decision for us.”
    — WSL CEO Paul Speaker
    There’s been a lot of change in the last two years. Part of it you can see, such as new venues and enhanced live broadcasts. Some of it is behind the scenes. All of it is driven by the twin goals of preserving the heritage and culture of surfing while, at the same time, creating an even better foundation to grow our sport in the future.

    We want you to know that changing our name was a carefully considered decision for us. We felt it was important to share this idea with as many people in the ASP community as we could, from athletes to past world champions to event partners. In the end, we were greatly comforted by the fact that not a single person we spoke with opposed changing names to the World Surf League. Not one.

    This is a decision we’ve made with our community and you can see their reactions for yourself.

    We understand that for many of you reading this, the letters “ASP” have significant meaning and that this news might be unsettling. We hope you will give us the benefit of the doubt and that, over time, you will come to see this change as positive for the sport we all love. At the end of the day, professional surfing’s DNA remains intact: we’re about the world’s best surfers in the world’s best waves. That will never change.

    From day one, our commitment to you has been that we will do everything in our power to improve the overall experience for fans, athletes and partners. Of course, we still have a lot of work to do, but we are confident that we are heading in the right direction.

    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.”

    Sincerely,

    Paul Speaker
    Chief Executive Officer

     

    Author
    Wyatt Brady
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    General
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  • Allie Tarp Surfing at The Surfarama on a Beater Board

    June 28, 2011

    Author
    Cody Brady
    Category
    General
  • Mountain Board Tarp Surfing

    December 11, 2010

    Gotta try Dirtboarding or Mountain Boarding thru a big Blue Tarp…super fun!  No need for weights.  Stake down the corners and go for it.  Tarp Surfing in the dirt or at the park adds a whole new element to the sport.  If you are in the grass short grass is best.  You also need a hill so you can get some speed and keep going.  Very fun going sideways across a hill like in the picture.

    If you Tarp  Surf in the dirt again it is very fun but expected to get very dirty.  If you Tarp Surf now you know that the tarps pick up lots of dirt and when you put it right in the dirt…well it is a dust bowl!!

    Tarp Surfing at the Park!

    Author
    Cody Brady
    Category
    General
  • Super Big Tarp Waves!!

    October 12, 2010

    Tarp Surfing mega high Tarps this last weekend.  Tarp Surfed long one hundred foot Tarp Tubes then pulled Tarp longways and made super high waves that were a blast to Tarp Surf. 

    If you have ideas or have done Tarp Surfing in really cool ways send us pictures or videos…let us know what you have discovered too.  If you say it is OK we might post them on our Video and or Picture Gallery.

    Thanks fellow Tarp Surfers and Tarp on!!  Stay tuned for the Tarp Surf everywhere video as well as new cool ways to Tarp!!

    Author
    Cody Brady
    Category
    General

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