The WSL launches yet another tour
Two weeks after announcing a three-stop Longboard World Tour: Noosa, Galicia, and New York, the World Surf League has today announced the three-stop Airborne Series.
The Red Bull Airborne Series follows on from Airborne Hossegor, a one-off specialty event that ran in conjunction with the Quilsilver Pro France last year.
The WSL has taken that model and rolled out a tour with each of the Airborne events: Gold Coast, Keramas, Hossegor, couched within an existing CT event.
Last year, CT surfers could surf in the Hossegor Airborne event and we assume that'll still be the case, although the press release doesn't mention it. Josh Kerr will be the Competition Director, as he was at Hossegor.
At a business level, it's the first time Red Bull has partnered with the WSL. In the past the two companies have clashed over sponsorship rights, however they'll now co-operate on this series, with Red Bull locked in until 2021.
Unlike Red Bull Airborne, the recently confirmed Longboard Tour doesn't yet have an umbrella sponsor, and so far the only sponsors for each contest are government departments: Tourism and Events Queensland for the Noosa event, Discover Long Island and the New York State Division of Tourism for New York.