Mick Fanning in the Mentawais Agustin Munoz/Red Bull Photofiles

Mick Fanning will begin the defense of his ASP World Tour crown at the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast (February 27 to March 10, 2010), coming up against 44 of the best surfers on the planet.

Fanning will renew rivalries with the likes of fellow Australian Joel Parkinson, the man he beat to the title, and nine-time champion Kelly Slater as the top 27 surfers from the 2009 ASP World Tour take on the top 15 from the 2009 ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS) as well as three ASP wildcards.

The 2010 ASP Top 45, which is dominated by Australians (46.7%) and Americans (22.2%), reads as follows:

ASP Top 27 (ASP World Tour):
Mick Fanning (AUS), Joel Parkinson (AUS), Bede Durbidge (AUS), Taj Burrow (AUS), Adriano de Souza (BRA), Kelly Slater (USA), C.J. Hobgood (USA), Bobby Martinez (USA), Damien Hobgood (USA), Dane Reynolds (USA), Jordy Smith (ZAF), Taylor Knox (USA), Tom Whitaker (AUS), Kieren Perrow (AUS), Fredrick Patacchia (HAW), Dean Morrison (AUS), Kai Otton (AUS), Kekoa Bacalso (HAW), Mick Campbell (AUS), Chris Davidson (AUS), Michel Bourez (PYF), Ben Dunn (AUS), Adrian Buchan (AUS), Tiago Pires (PRT), Jeremy Flores (FRA), Roy Powers (HAW), Drew Courtney (AUS)

Top 15 (ASP WQS):
Dan Ross (AUS), Patrick Gudauskas (USA), Jadson Andre (BRA), Adam Melling (AUS), Owen Wright (AUS), Luke Munro (AUS), Jay Thompson (AUS), Nathan Yeomans (USA), Dusty Payne (HAW), Brett Simpson (USA), Matt Wilkinson (AUS), Tanner Gudauskas (USA)
Travis Logie (ZAF), Marco Polo (BRA), Blake Thornton (AUS)

ASP Wildcards:
Andy Irons (HAW), Luke Stedman (AUS), Neco Padaratz (BRA)

The ASP Men's Top 45 will contest the opening five events of the season. The field will then be reduced to an elite field made up of the top 32 surfers.

Meanwhile, this is how the ASP Women’s World Tour shapes up with Sofia Mulanovich and the rest of the top 10 surfers from the 2009 ASP Women’s World Tour taking on the top 6 surfers from the 2009 ASP Women’s World Qualifying Series (WQS), including Carissa Moore, and one ASP wildcard:

Top 10 (ASP Women’s World Tour):
Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), Silvana Lima (BRA), Sofia Mulanovich (PER), Coco Ho (HAW), Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), Melanie Bartels (HAW), Chelsea Hedges (AUS), Paige Hareb (NZL), Rebecca Woods (AUS), Rosanne Hodge (ZAF)

Top 6 (ASP WQS):
Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS), Carissa Moore (HAW), Claire Bevilacqua (AUS), Lee Ann Curren (FRA), Bruna Schmitz (BRA), Nikita Robb (ZAF)

ASP Wildcard:
Amee Donohoe (AUS)

Australians account for 41.2% of the ASP Women’s World Tour top 17. Their season begins with the Roxy Pro Gold Coast from February 27 to March 10, 2010.

Keep up to date with developments at aspworldtour.com, and follow the Red Bull surf team at RedBullSurfing.com.


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