Rabbit Bartholomew announced his retirement today. He will not seek at fifth term as President of the Association of Surfing Professionals. In a news release from the ASP World Tour, Bartholomew stated: “After deep consideration, I have decided not to seek a fifth term as ASP President. I depart from ASP with nothing but positive feelings. After 36 years in the engine room of the sport, the timing of this decision is of the utmost importance to me. I feel the time is right. I leave at the height of my effectiveness; perhaps I could say the height of my popularity in the surfing world.”
Rabbit Bartholomew is one of the icons of the surfing world, perhaps the one person with the vision of seeing surfing turn from a pastime into a true professional sport, having engineered the ASP Dream Tour, and most, recently, overseeing the revamp of the World Tour format.
A new president for the ASP will be selected in March.
Sweet photo credited to: Andrew Buckley