Australia records lowest showing in QS history
With the completion of the Vans World Cup at Sunset the 2017 Qualifying Series has concluded and we can look at how the various nations ranked in the top 100.
Recently Swellnet scanned 25 years worth of data, from 1992 when the world tour split into CT and QS up until 2016. This year, 2017, was the 26th year.
The research showed the number of Aussie surfers in the top 100 peaked at 38 just after the turn of the century and has been steadily declining ever since. Our long term average is 29.76 surfers in the top 100.
This year Australia registered just 18 surfers in the top 100, which is the lowest number since the QS began. Just one Australian surfer, Wade Carmichael, qualified for the CT.
At the other end of the scale, Brazilian surfers number 30 in the top 100, which is their greatest share since '92. Up till this year Brazil's long term average was 23.50 surfers in the 100.
American surfers - and for this I've tossed out the US/Hawaii divide and lumped them together - number 26 in the top 100. That's well down on the their high score of 46 in 1992 but appears to arrest the slide they were on - it's their highest number in five years.
The total count is:
South Africa 4
Costa Rica 2
New Zealand 1
French Polynesia 1