Oakley Surfers Recognized at World Tour Banquet
The world’s best surfers congregated at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre last night for the ASP World Champions’ Crowning where Oakley’s Adriano de Souza and Kai Barger were recognized for their efforts in 2008.
Surfing’s “night of nights”, the ASP World Champions’ Crowning would prove an emotional evening, with a final farewell from a sporting icon and the acknowledgement of two surfing dynasties.
Wayne “Rabbit” Bartholomew (AUS), 54, will be stepping down from his post as ASP International President at the end of March, and last night’s ASP World Champions’ Crowning would prove a fitting farewell for the legendary sportsman. As Bartholomew finished a heart-warming diatribe chronicling the rise of professional surfing, the former world champion received a raucous standing ovation by the 600 strong in attendance.
Oakley’s Adriano de Souza (BRA), 22. was awarded ‘Most Improved’.
Oakley’s Kai Barger (HAW), 19, was crowned ASP World Junior Champion and is now recognized as being a leaders in the assault of the next generation.