Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) International announced today the appointment of Graham Stapelberg as its Chief Strategy Officer. Stapelberg joins ASP shortly before the re-launch of the sport with the 2014 ASP World Championship Tour commencing on March 1 with the Quiksilver and Roxy Pro Gold Coast.
Stapelberg will support ASP CEO Paul Speaker and the executive team
across multiple divisions of the organization as professional surfing
enters into a new era of its existence as a global sports league.
“Graham has exhibited excellence in virtually every sector of the
sport throughout his celebrated 20 years of involvement,” Speaker said.
“His extensive experience across events, sponsorships, athletes,
judging, operations, finances, marketing, media and activations both
inside and outside the industry will prove invaluable as we grow
professional surfing in exciting new ways. We’re very fortunate to have
Graham with us and we look forward to accomplishing great things
Stapelberg’s 20-year tenure in the surf industry includes previously
serving as CEO of the ASP and recently serving as Global Vice President
of Marketing for Billabong.
“I am sad to leave Billabong, it has been an amazing ride working
with some of the most talented people,” Stapelberg said. “I am very
proud of our achievements and will be forever grateful to Gordon
Merchant, Paul Naude and the staff who supported me over the years.
However I am extremely excited at the prospect of going back to ASP.”
“It is no secret professional surfing is my passion and has been
since my very first ASP event I judged in Cape Town in 1985,” Stapelberg
continued. “Paul Speaker and his team are doing excellent work and are
championing some of the most important changes to professional surfing
in the sport’s history. I am honored to be taking on the role of Chief
Strategy Officer for the ASP.”
The 2014 ASP World Championship Tour (WCT) will commence on March 1, 2014 with the Quiksilver and Roxy Pro Gold Coast.
ASP is dedicated to showcasing the world’s best surfing talent in a
variety of progressive formats and has revolutionized the way the world
watches surfing via their webcasts. It is the governing body of
professional surfing, crowning surfing’s undisputed world champions
For more information, log onto www.aspworldtour.com
By press release