WSL to relaunch air shows, dates announced
Is it possible to progress and regress at the same time?
Overnight the WSL announced the launch of an old idea: the air show. Events where the only surfing that matters - i.e the only surfing that gets scored - happens above the lip.
If you're of a certain age you'll recall a proliferation of such events around the turn of the century. Even a circuit - the SAS, Surfing Air Show. However, interest died out when airs where absorbed into the mainstream act. A lack of quality venues also didn't help the cause.
So now for the relaunch.
The Air Invitational will be a combination of 18 surfers, including aerial free surfers and CT surfers, and take place during the Quiksilver Pro France. Josh Kerr will be the event director with Chippa Wilson, Filipe Toledo, Mikey Wright, and Albee Layer already locked in a contestants.
[Meta moment] Did Filipe sign up for this before he scored the yellow jersey? Why risk getting injured like JJF has just done?
Anyway...there'll be an early preview with an Air Exhibition held during the Surf Ranch Pro on September 6 in the wavepool. Chippa Wilson and Albee Layer are headlining. The duo will be joined by two CT surfers yet to be announced.
"When I was a grom it was my goal to be able to surf in the air shows,” said Wilson. “They never seemed like a competition; it was loose, and all the lads looked like they were having a blast. I can’t wait for the boys to mix it up with the best air guys on the Championship Tour!"
Let's give the last word to Sophie Goldschmidt: "Many say the future of surfing is in the air, and WSL is thrilled to be working with Josh [Kerr] to return a fan and surfer favorite into the competitive mix.”