Beginning with the Quiksilver Pro at Snapper in March 2012, the ASP will be implementing a drug-testing policy for athletes as well as ASP officials.
Although the ASP has yet to release a formal press statement, members of the ASP Board have already commented to the media. "We've been working towards this for a while," says the ASP's Randy Rarick, who heads the Triple Crown. "I think this new policy will do a lot to mature surfing as a professional sport."
According to Rarick, the proposal to enact drug testing, which was voted on in San Francisco last week, had the full support of surfers as well as the ASP Board. "This was an across-the-board type of thing. Everyone was in favor of this," Rarick says.
In the 1980s, Hawaiian Congressmen and one-time IPS frontman Fred Hemmings pushed the ASP to enact an anti-doping policy, but it failed to reach fruition.
"It's been a longtime coming, but I'm very happy to say congratulations to the ASP for doing this," said Hemmings. "I hope the policy will work to help people with addiction and bring more professionalism to surfing."
The new regulations will be in effect for men's and women's World Tour and PRIME events.
The details of the policy, which are said to be quite extensive, will be made public soon. "There's a lot of information in the report, it's about 40 pages long, and the ASP will be issuing a press release with more details in the near future," added Rarick.