New tour format 2019

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crg started the topic in Monday, 10 Dec 2018 at 2:10pm

Did I hear rightly that they're changing the format next year to take 4 rounds to eliminate just 4 surfers? No reduction in overall event time? Surely not.

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stunet commented Monday, 10 Dec 2018 at 2:26pm

Two rounds not four, and it hasn't been confirmed yet.

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freeride76 commented Monday, 10 Dec 2018 at 2:44pm

Jesus what a ball ache that will make watching contests.
they need to tighten them up, not make the losers rounds go on forever.

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crg commented Monday, 10 Dec 2018 at 2:58pm

If they're going to have more losers rounds they've got to cull at least the bottom third of the overall numbers.
Wait and see I guess...let's leave it in the trustworthy hands of the WSL

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truebluebasher commented Tuesday, 11 Dec 2018 at 10:15am

Recently I was befuddled by 2017/18 round up...I'll share my findings.
WSL QS sample of culling(2017)5 rounds to(2018)4 rounds to trim just 2 call ups

(2017) R1-16x4 /R2-16x4 /R3-16x4 /R4-8x4 /R5-4x4 /Q-4x2 /SF-2x2 /F-1x2
Totals 254 call ups
Important to note that (2017)Quarter Finals paired off into man on man!

Got that! Now watch the sleight of hand as 1 less round reduces only 2 call ups.
Below is the recent(2018)comp format at Sunset...blink & you miss the change.

(2018) R1-16x4 /R2-16x4 /R3-16x4 /R4-8x4 /Q-4x4 /SF-2x4 /F-1x4
Totals 252 call ups...One whole less (round 5) but only 2 less starts?
Competitive types would have noticed the old school 4 man heats thru to final.
Sunrising Sunsetting swellnetonians commented favourably on oldschool format.

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truebluebasher commented Tuesday, 11 Dec 2018 at 10:48am

The logistics in bigger surf have major repercussions.
Consider Jaws writeoff or Sunset 4 man final with no wave ridden for 10 minutes.
2017 style 2 man QS final 'd blink a puppy eyed stare for restart as standard fare.
WSL Walkies Woof Woof falling on deaf ears .