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Today reality hit the ASP World Championship Tour and it fell like a guillotine. With another marathon 22 heats completed in the Billabong Pro Tahiti, surfing careers got the chop.
Cut-off, reshuffle, the chop -- whatever you call it, you've been hearing about it since last year. This contest was nominated as the cut-off for the Top 45 to be reduced to the Top 32 in order to make contests shorter, more concise and ensure better waves. Everyone has known about it all year, but it seemed a far off abstraction. Even at the start of this event, it still didn't seem real.
Top 45 Rookies Nate Yeomans, Tanner Gudauskas and Blake Thornton are off the big boys' tour. Vets like Dean Morrison, Michael Campbell, Drew Courtney, Jay Bottle Thompson, Neco Padaratz, Kekoa Bacalso, Tom Whitaker, and Ben Dunn are now staring at the prospect of going back to the Star and Prime events or a career change.To read the full Day 2 story, go here.