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The ASP is now looking at a get tough policy on drugs, with both performance enhancing, and recreational drugs included on the banned list. So now pro surfers can be tested for marijuana, cocaine, ectstasy, amphetamines, and a range of drugs that are prevelant in today’s society.

The new ASP Anti-Doping Policy will apply to ASP Top 34 and ASP Top 17 members competing on the ASP World Title Series and ASP Women’s World Title Series respectively. ASP surfers played a crucial role in the initiation of this policy and are in full support of its activation. Whether this will extend to testing those on the one world ranking, or the old WQS system is unclear (but the policy does state this can be done), but those within the elite 34 & 17 are in full support.

“This policy represents a consensus between our surfers, events and administrators in evolving the sport of surfing to a more professional level,” Richard Grellman, ASP Executive Chairman, said. “The desire to initiate this kind of policy has existed within ASP for several years now and with the approval of resource and budget allocation at the November 2011 Board Meeting, we are pleased to announce its activation. We believe this to be an important further step in enhancing professional surfing.”

“The men strongly support the implementation of the ASP Anti-Doping policy,” Kieren Perrow, ASP Top 34 competitor and surfers’ representative, said. “It is a positive step which enhances the professionalism of competitive surfing and sends a great message to the kids out there who look up to us as role models.”

The ASP Anti-Doping Policy involves standards prescribed by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Code and Prohibited List with any testing performed implemented at International Standards.

“As the sport of surfing continues to grow its audience every year, so grow the responsibilities of our athletes,” Jessi Miley-Dyer, surfers’ representative and newly-appointed ASP Women’s World Tour Manager, said. “The activation of the ASP’s Anti-Doping Policy is a logical step in the organization’s continued pursuit of professionalism and has the full support of the women.”

When surfers will be tested is at any event, but as in the official policy –

“There will be no Out-of-Competition Testing except for the purposes of Return to Competition testing”

This is quite different to your major football codes, where anywhere anytime is the general rule…

But what could be a shock is…..

This Policy Applies to:

• ASP International staff and officials;

• ASP Regional Office staff and officials;

• All ASP Surfers (including any surfer competing in an ASP licensed event);

• Event licensees; and

• Surfer Support Personnel.

So in other words, almost anyone at a pro contest can be tested… Will they though, testing is expensive and how much will be done?

I suppose, keep posted, and see what happens in 2012!!

CLICK THE LINK BELOW TO SEE THE OFFICIAL POLICY-

http://www.aspworldtour.com/pdf/aspantidopingpolicy.pdf

also for further info on banned substances

http://www.wada-ama.org/