WHAT IS IT ? Founded in 1989 by François Payot, the European Professional Surfing Association (EPSA) was created to promote and develop professional surfing on the continent, giving to surfing worldwide a valuable assett in its develoment. With the success of the EPSA tour and the ASP delivering licenses across the world to greate a variety of regional tours and secure its foundations, the EPSA was naturally nominated to take the management of the ASP Europe license, the organization remaining autonomous and independant.
From the Canary Islands’ world class reefbreaks to Hossegor’s perfect barreling beachbreaks, the EPSA delivered the ASP Europe brand message with great consistency and professionalism, the growing number of event promoters and the success of European surfers leading to a role-model position for surfing’s development.
In direct relation with the surfing industry in Europe represented by the EuroSIMA, the European surfing tour became a solid added-value promotion tool for the growing brands in Europe, the non-profit organization and management vision benefiting all event promoters, surfers, brands and crowds in the growth of surfing as a sport.
Nowadays, the EPSA continues to manage the ASP Europe brand and has continuously helped its tours grow and remain consistent through a permanent re-investment management, a unique approach that consolidates surfing in Europe for now and beyond.
Known as the ASP Europe, the organization crowns the undisputed European Surfing champions in the Men, Women, Junior Men and Women, Longboarding Men and Women divisions. A mandatory stop-over for the world’s best surfers in on their career paths, the ASP European tour remains one-of-a-kind within the exciting ASP worldwide development.
HOW DOES IT WORK ? The EPSA is ran by an elected Board of Directors which changes every four years. The Board of Directors appoints a European Manager who is in charge of all event licensing, media, human resources and develoment projects of the sport in Europe.
As the official and undisputed label for any professional surfing event in Europe, promoters pay a sanction fee to the ASP Europe, in exchange of which it provides a series of services including standardized scoring system, website and webcast facilities, sports and media managment, as well as qualified judges and staff.
Every surfer willing to compete in ASP Europe sanctionned events must pay a membership and event entry fees, and follow all rules and administrative obligations that come along with being a professional surfer.
WHERE IS IT ? The ASP Europe office is based in Capbreton, France. The office is located in the heart of Europe’s surfing industry and is in constant contact with brands, athletes and events.
WHAT DOES IT SANCTION ? The ASP Europe sanctions all ASP 1 to 6-Star and Prime rated professional events in Europe. It also sanctions the ASP 1 to 4-Star rated Pro Junior Series as well as the ASP 1 to 6-Star rated Longboadr Qualifying Series (LQS) in Europe