World Surf League Reveals Finals Location, Confirms Season Start
The World Surf League (WSL) today announced Lower Trestles, CA will be the location of the WSL Finals in September 2021.
The world-renowned surf break of Lower Trestles is back on the WSL Championship Tour (CT) calendar in 2021, this time as the stage of the first-ever WSL Finals. The men’s and women’s World Titles will be decided in a single-day competition, where the top five men and top five women ranked during the CT season will battle for their respective titles in a new surf-off format at one of the world’s best waves. The WSL Finals waiting period will run from September 8 - 17, 2021.
“Putting on an international tour amid a global pandemic is not an easy task, but the dedication and work of the entire organization, gives us confidence that we can safely execute these competitions on behalf of our athletes, staff and the local communities,” said Erik Logan, WSL CEO.
It's ON! Hawaii to Kick-Off CT Season
The road to The WSL Finals will start at the Maui Pro presented by ROXY with the women competing at Honolua Bay in Maui, Hawaii from December 4 - 15, 2020 (changed from the previous date of Nov 25 - Dec 6). The men will compete at Pipeline in Oahu, Hawaii at the Billabong Pipe Masters presented by Hydro Flask from December 8 - 20, 2020 in Oahu, Hawaii.
“I am so excited about WSL’s announcement to start the 2021 Championship tour this December in Hawaii,” said 4x reigning WSL Champion, Carissa Moore. “Honolua Bay, Maui for the women and Pipeline, Oahu for the men. Hawaii is such a big part of surfing history and culture and there is no better place to start a season and end a challenging year on a positive note. I want to express my appreciation to everyone involved in making these events happen including the WSL, state of Hawaii and all the amazing fans for your support. As we all continue to navigate these unprecedented times and adapt to a new norm, we are so grateful for your support and good vibes from home this year in order to keep everyone safe. Hope there is some good swell on offer and we can put on a great show for you!“
This season’s Billabong Pipe Masters presented by Hydro Flask will be the 50th edition of this legendary contest, which has crowned World Champions such as Andy Irons, Kelly Slater, and reigning WSL Champion, Italo Ferreira.
The WSL is working closely with the State of Hawaii and local government agencies, to implement the WSL’s COVID safety plans for each broadcast-only competition, which were developed in collaboration with the State of Hawaii and the counties of Honolulu and Maui.
New Tour Stops Added to Opening Leg of 2021 Schedule
The next stop of the season will see both men and women of the Championship Tour remain in Hawaii for the newly added Sunset Open, January 19 - 28, 2021. Typically a location for the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, this will be the first women's CT event on the North Shore since 2010.
In February, the Tour will trade boardshorts for fullsuits as they hop across the Pacific to Steamer Lane in Santa Cruz, California. The last time the iconic cold-water pointbreak appeared on a CT schedule was back in 2012, and now the Santa Cruz Pro will run from February 2 - 12, 2021. A prime season for large northwest swells, the big, unruly surf and frigid water temps will present a host of intriguing challenges for competitors.
Because of continually changing conditions in communities around the world, flexibility is going to be a key component of the season after the Santa Cruz Pro. The WSL remains steadfast in its commitment to the health and safety of its surfers, staff and fans, and will make its decisions based on guidance from experts and authorities.
"Putting on an international tour amid a global pandemic is not an easy task, but the dedication and work of the entire organization, gives us confidence that we can safely execute these competitions on behalf of our athletes, staff and the local communities," WSL CEO Erik Logan explains.
Opening Leg of 2021 Championship Tour*
*All tour stops and dates subject to change due to applicable COVID-19 related restrictions, including global travel restrictions.
- Maui Pro presented by ROXY: Maui, Hawaii | Dec 4 - 15, 2020
- Billabong Pipe Masters presented by Hydro Flask: Oahu, Hawaii | December 8 - 20, 2020
- Sunset Open | January 19 - 28, 2021
- Santa Cruz Pro | February 2 - 12, 202
With the current focus on running the opening leg of the tour in the United States, additional changes to the 2021 season include the postponement of the MEO Pro Portugal until later in the season, shifting the dates for the Corona Open Gold Coast presented by Billabong to May 3 - 13, 2021, and moving the Oi Rio Pro presented by Corona to June 11 - 20, 2021.
Based on the global nature of the CT and the unknowns around COVID-19, the WSL will share updates on the remaining schedule in the new year.