ASP (beta) is delivering on all its nu-look promises. The random element of WCT commentary has now officially been removed, with a core commentary team being announced today. While there’ll be regional guests from place2place, a core team will light up webcasts at every event. “For the first time in ASP history, we’ll have a dedicated and consistent team for the sport,” says Jed Pearson, SVP of Content and Programming.
And thank the good Laird above, the team is solid. If you’re ever doubting the quality of banter that buzzes airwaves during world tour events, watch a four-star-or-lower for the inexperienced delivery as a reference point.
Let’s re-introduce the gang…
Joe Turpel, Pat Parnell, Rosy Hodge, Todd Kline, and Martin Potter are headlining the ASP’s World Tour announcer team for the 2014 season. Ross Williams, Peter Mel, Strider Wasilewski and Ronnie Blakey round out the team.
Pat Parnell: Pat’s been doing this for two decades, y’heard? Dude’s done stints at NBC covering five Olympics, as well as hosting the Vans Triple Crown, and a string of other wildly impressive things like World of Adventure Sports, The Daily Habit, Surfer Poll, Billabong XXL and the NSL California Cup. He’ll be on hand as a host and play-by-play commentator. Expect considered excitement with a Southern California shine.
Joe Turpel: Joe Turpel is entering his fifth year calling play by play for the WCT. After much university studying, Joey started calling plays for the National Scholastic Surfing Association, which soon led to his first broadcast in Brazil and his since, obviously, grown to the big show. Joe’s tone doesn’t fluctuate too drastically which offers the perfect offset when he’s paired with a more, uh, vocally passionate commentator. Cool, calm and collected doesn’t even do it justice.
READ ABOUT THE REST OF THE TEAM HERE IN STAB MAG!