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Joe Surf: Group of title hopefuls named

December 14, 2011|By Joe Haakenson

Now that the 2011 Assn. of Surfing Professionals World Tour is complete — in case you've been in a coma, Kelly Slater won his 11th World Tour crown — the ASP has named the 34 competitors for next year's ASP World Tour title:

1. Kelly Slater (USA), 2. Joel Parkinson (Australia), 3. Taj Burrow (Australia), 4. Gabriel Medina (Brazil), 5. Owen Wright (Australia), 6. Adriano de Souza (Brazil), 7. Julian Wilson (Australia), 8. Jordy Smith (South Africa), 9. Alejo Muniz (Brazil), 10. Michel Bourez (Portugal), 11. Josh Kerr (Australia), 12. Damien Hobgood (USA), 13. John John Florence (Hawaii), 14. Mick Fanning (Australia), 15. Jeremy Flores (France), 16. Heitor Alves (Brazil), 17. Miguel Pupo (Brazil), 18. Adrian Buchan (Australia), 19. Kieren Perrow (Australia), 20. Bede Durbidge (Australia), 21. Raoni Monteiro (Brazil), 22. Brett Simpson (HB and USA), 23. Adam Melling (Australia), 24. Kolohe Andino (USA), 25. C.J. Hobgood (USA), 26. Tiago Pires (Portugal), 27. Jadson Andre (Brazil), 28. Matt Wilkinson (Australia), 29. Patrick Gudauskas (USA), 30. Dusty Payne (Hawaii), 31. Travis Logie (South Africa), 32. Taylor Knox (USA), 33. Kai Otton (Australia) surfer wild card (next on the ASP World Rankings), 34. Yadin Nicol (Australia) surfer wild card (injury), first alternate: Fredrick Patacchia (Hawaii), second alternate: Willian Cardoso (Brazil), third alternate: Chris Davidson (Australia), fourth alternate: Thiago Camarao (Brazil).

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Slater, who turns 40 next year, will begin his quest for a 12th title Feb. 25 at the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast in Australia. But if Slater wants to keep the sales up on those KE11Y hats and T-shirts, he might be better off stuck on 11.

Huntington Beach's Simpson will compete in his third year on the World Tour, while another local — Newport Beach's Andrew Doheny — hopes to get there one day, but isn't stressing on it. Doheny, 19, was featured in an article in Ghetto Juice Magazine and was asked about surfing on the world's biggest stage.

Asked if he feels he "belongs" in the pro ranks, Doheny replied: "I don't know ... I'd be the last one to say that about myself, but I guess all I can say is that I want to surf against those guys, but it's hard to say exactly. I try not to think about ... I'm not motivated to surf to compare to someone above me or below me, I'm just working, trying to surf the best I can and take it one step at a time. Try not to think about it, just take it step by step."

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