World Surf League cancels Brazil, shuffles remaining 2021 events

LOS ANGELES, California, USA (Thursday, June 10, 2021) - The World Surf League (WSL) announces the updated calendar for the remainder of the 2021 Championship Tour leading into the Rip Curl WSL Finals in September. The third leg of the Tour includes a stop in Mexico for the first time in 15 years and the women surfing Teahupo'o alongside the men for the first time since 2006.

Barra de La Cruz will host the world's best surfers for the first time in 15 years. Photo: WSL / Rowland

“We’re really proud that we’ve been able to schedule a truly global tour for 2021,” said WSL CEO Erik Logan. “We kicked off the season in Hawaii and we’ve just wrapped up an incredible four-event leg in Australia. The surfers are now headed to California for the sixth stop, the Jeep Surf Ranch Pro presented by Adobe, following which, the Olympic qualifiers will travel to Tokyo.”

The dates for the Corona Open Mexico presented by Quiksilver have moved from the original window in July to August 10 - 20 to allow sufficient time for the Olympic qualified surfers and alternates to travel to and from Tokyo and undergo any necessary quarantines. To accommodate this change, the dates for the Outerknown Tahiti Pro have moved back by two days and the Rip Curl WSL Finals will now have a window of September 9 - 17.

The Oi Rio Pro had originally been pushed back from June to August in hopes of safely running the event. The WSL has continued to monitor the situation and made the decision to cancel the event for 2021 out of an abundance of caution for the safety of athletes, staff and the local community. The WSL looks forward to returning to Saquarema with the world’s best surfers in 2022. 

The third leg of the Championship Tour calendar will run as follows*:

  • Jeep Surf Ranch Pro presented by Adobe: Lemoore, California, USA
    June 18 - 20, 2021
  • Corona Open Mexico presented by Quiksilver: Barra de La Cruz, Mexico
    August 10 - 20, 2021
  • Outerknown Tahiti Pro: Teahupo'o, Tahiti
    August 24 - September 3, 2021
  • Rip Curl WSL Finals: Lower Trestles, California, USA
    September 9 - 17, 2021

*All tour stops and dates are subject to change due to applicable COVID-19 related restrictions, including global travel restrictions.

The next stop on the CT is the Jeep Surf Ranch Pro presented by Adobe, which runs from June 18 - 20 and will be broadcast live on WorldSurfLeague.com. The event marks the last stop on the tour ahead of surfing’s Olympic debut in Tokyo.

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thermalben Friday, 11 Jun 2021 at 6:09am

Brazil's Covid-19 stats down from the April peak but still in a pretty bad position.


I mean, compared to the USA...


Mexico is now much lower than the peak in early Jan...


And French Polynesia's been sitting at zero for quite a while.


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D-Rex Saturday, 12 Jun 2021 at 9:12am

Thanks Dr Ben.

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vbabin Sunday, 13 Jun 2021 at 9:09am

It seems whichever country runs mass covid testing will obtained crazy high recorded cases (of which 90% have no symptoms but are told that they are sick lol) and country like tahiti for example where the local population dont really care and keeps living peacefully like business as usual: they dont bite into the media panic and dont see why they would get tested if they’re not feeling sick (logical reasoning IMHO) especially when you know that a test cost you $180 at your own expanses...
So bottom line is back in Tahiti there would be cases if u were to test ppl for free but if ppl arent sick they wont be recorded and I guess in the end the immune system works just fine for healthy ppl

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Surfalot67 Friday, 11 Jun 2021 at 7:43am

"Out of an abundance of caution"....lol, more corporate shit-speak from the SUP lord. Geez I'm going to miss those Rio closeouts.

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David.Green Wednesday, 16 Jun 2021 at 9:29am

Spot on !

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lost Friday, 11 Jun 2021 at 7:50am

Every press release from the WSL makes me want to vomit but strangely I still enjoy having a look at the contests and running my fantasy team. Except surf ranch - it makes the close outs of Brazil look interesting.

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NickT Friday, 11 Jun 2021 at 8:49pm

Agree, its so boring

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Bustard Friday, 11 Jun 2021 at 8:09am

...Jeep surf ranch pro presented by Adobe...What fucking possible linkage is there between Adobe and WSL...other than Adobe Execs had a day or 2 team building at the ranch ?

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Bob Sacamano Friday, 11 Jun 2021 at 8:25am

It's about growth and expansive markets Bustard, we've got to think outside of the box to ensure a future of crowded line ups. Plus, Adobe represent the core principles of modern surfing if you really think about it. I hear they are also doing free photoshops for all of Elo's images to get that cheesy grin just right in every image.

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Bustard Friday, 11 Jun 2021 at 9:26am

I spose your right about Adobe representing the core principles of Modern surfing -

"When loyalty is won and lost with every interaction, anticipating your customers’ next move and delivering content that updates based on their engagement history is crucial."

AI the fuck out of Medina's insta account ....( AI does not refer to the late Mr Irons in this case )

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memlasurf Friday, 11 Jun 2021 at 12:03pm

Yes I could do with a touch up.

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NickT Friday, 11 Jun 2021 at 8:52pm

Who cares who the sponsor is, the bigger the better man. Imagine if they got large corporate sponsorship so they could run 'The Dream Tour' again where they had places like Cloudbreak and G-Land or a wave in the Mentawais, they need more money, there is not enough sponsorship kitties set aside with the existing surf brands. i thin its great to see someone like Adobe, bring on Instagram or Google or Amazon or big pharma whatever

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velocityjohnno Friday, 11 Jun 2021 at 9:21pm

Why beat around the bush? Just get access to the USFed, and ctrl_p a dream tour. Doesn't get bigger or better than that.

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juegasiempre Friday, 11 Jun 2021 at 8:55am

Wish they would stay the fuck out of Mexico. Just stay to the well worn waves of Hawaii/Australia/Indo/Brazil and leave at least some of the world unexploited. Who do these Rip Curl search events benefit because it's not me, it's not the locals?

On the other hand, they could do a missionary style press day trip to Michoacan and spread some of that 'surfing stoke' to the CJNG!

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Surfalot67 Friday, 11 Jun 2021 at 8:59am

The Search Mexico was 15 years ago...its a Quikky event now.

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juegasiempre Friday, 11 Jun 2021 at 9:31am

Progress!

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Vince Neil Friday, 11 Jun 2021 at 9:47am

anyone know the surf forecast for Lemoore? Will the winds be blowing the sickly sweet scent of fertiliser across the lineup? will anyone notice with all the BS coming out of the commentary box?

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angatta cool Friday, 11 Jun 2021 at 11:11am

That's the WSL
Prouder than morning wood

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groundswell Sunday, 13 Jun 2021 at 10:35am

Maybe indonesia wont allow another g-land pro because they never got what was promised to them but they allow keramas pro...keramas is fun but its no g-land..bring on big sponsorship i agree but i dont understand why they all want to popularise surfing so much. its almost worth quitting already with the world wide crowds. unless its 1ft and slow everywhere is crowded its bullshit. i doubt wave pools will solve the problem.

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indo-dreaming Sunday, 13 Jun 2021 at 4:10pm

The wave pool comp isn't even worth watching, it's kind of like watching a fishing show run at a trout farm.

But kinda looking forward to Mexico, hope that get good waves.

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frog Monday, 14 Jun 2021 at 9:34am

Having recently watched a couple of epic battles in the French Open tennis, where point by point drama holds the audience intently, the contrast with surf contests is stark.

The commentators briefly summarise between points. There is silence during points as the battle of skill and tactics is in play. The event holds the audience. It is in itself enough.

Whereas the endless blabbing of Turpel, Pottz or whoever during a surf contest is just a sign that the drama of the contest itself is mostly lacking. Fill the audio space anyway you can with repetitive memes is almost a mantra of desperation that pervades the events otherwise the audience might twig and switch off. Of course occasional heats are fascinating.

That is why the WSL is on a mission to nowhere with their audience growth ambitions. It is a niche sport with limited viewer appeal to the mass audience and even the keen surfer can often regard them as boring unless the waves are really good.

The Olympics might not save the wozzle. It might just be the nail in the coffin of WSL growth ambitions.

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Trentslatterphoto Monday, 14 Jun 2021 at 10:38am

pool comp is wak straight up

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frog Monday, 14 Jun 2021 at 11:02am

A mathematicall relationship for the WSL bean counters to explore:

As commentator words spoken per moment of competitor sporting action increases the mass appeal of the sport declines.

Surfing sits at 93.7 words per manoeuvre.

Tennis sits at 6.2 words per shot.

Turps endless words = proof of WSL monetisation ambitions failure.

A symptom - not cause and effect of course.

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groundswell Monday, 14 Jun 2021 at 11:57am

Id like to surf the ranch..takeoffs too easy for pros though..would be more interesting with air drops into the pit

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wax-on-danielson Monday, 14 Jun 2021 at 2:38pm

On a scale of shit I rank the world champion being decided at what will likely be less than 4 foot trestles higher than Kelly’s swimming pool competition.

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DeathToCompSurfing Monday, 14 Jun 2021 at 4:45pm

Agree. Taking over a break in prime season benefits nobody except a few ‘pro surfers’ who don’t have to get a real job. And creates more frothy competitive crowds around the world. If I have to watch good surfers I’ll take a free surfer clip like Kerr in Sway or Torren etc.

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northeasterly Monday, 14 Jun 2021 at 9:57pm

Am I the only person who likes watching the wave pool contest?

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eat-your-vegies Tuesday, 15 Jun 2021 at 3:58am

Yep

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Blowin Tuesday, 15 Jun 2021 at 12:07pm

The main thing wrong with the wave pool event is the format. It currently promotes safety surfing in order to advance through heats. If the event dispensed with the heats and was held along the lines of each surfer getting a set amount of waves with a top two wave total this would lead to more strident attempts to outshine your opponents.

Best two wave total wins. Give the surfers 10 waves to attempt the most radical shit possible. Perhaps even permit a system whereby surfers can surf consecutive waves if they want. Some crew need to get on a roll to really get loose and perform their best ( Italo/Gabby ).

Example; First surfer out of the blocks is Gabby. He chooses to surf five of his ten waves consecutively before leaving the pool for the next surfer. Other surfers now have a baseline for the two wave total they have to beat in order to win. Gabby later re enters the pool in hope of besting his own score and pushes his surfing through the roof.

The only trump card for the pool is potential to host progressive surfing through the repetition of the waves. The heat format destroys any incentive to surf radical. Crew surf age to get through heats. Fuck the heats.

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freeride76 Tuesday, 15 Jun 2021 at 12:36pm

I agree with you in principle.

But you know there is a leaderboard format for the pool, ie roughly what you describe , and there always has been.

It's the only thing I like about the tub. The format.

I wish they would take it into the ocean.

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Blowin Tuesday, 15 Jun 2021 at 12:40pm

No , I didn’t know that. I thought it was regular heats and not a winner takes all points total. Pretty sure I’ve never watched a tub event bar a couple of replays here and there.

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stunet Tuesday, 15 Jun 2021 at 12:45pm

Nah, the problem with the tub is, unfortunately, the wave itself. It's a turkey.

Great for clocking minutes of barrel time but it's a game of join the dots with zero room for flexibility and innovation.

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Blowin Tuesday, 15 Jun 2021 at 1:08pm

I reckon if you gave the best surfers in the world the incentive to re invent their approach to the wave then the result would be impressive. Even removing the dictate that the wave must be surfed to its conclusion for a viable score would elevate performance levels. Make the progression of surfing performance the only benchmark of success and shit would get crazy real quick. The wave isn’t the problem, the problem is the imposition of performance parameters which dictate conservative surfing.

The Texas wave pool proves this by the radical increase in surfing performances being generated there. The length of ride at Slater’s pool and the arbitrary judgement of completing the ride are the liability as far as entertainment goes.

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freeride76 Tuesday, 15 Jun 2021 at 1:10pm

there's truth in that.

I think Slaters pool is not as high performance as Texas.

so the wave is part of the problem.

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Jono Tuesday, 15 Jun 2021 at 1:13pm

Yep wave is too fast and perfect, needs some sections to mix up the pace and allow interpretation from the surfers.

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Blowin Tuesday, 15 Jun 2021 at 1:37pm

If you told Gabby, Italo and Toledo that it’s worth $100K to pull an unbeatable manoeuvre at Slater’s wave, then the suggestion that it’s too fast and perfect to be used as a vehicle to propel performance levels would disappear quicker than unattended cocaine at a Logie’s after party.

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freeride76 Wednesday, 16 Jun 2021 at 9:55am

Gabby and Toledo are pulling unbeatable manoeuvres at Slaters wave.

Go watch their waves from last year.

It's still boring as batshit.

it's repetitive, mind-numbing and super low consequence.

It will never be a snowboard half-pipe, MTB downhill run, huge skate vert ramp.

It will never be those things, it will never be the saviour of pro surfing.

And the physics of water is brutal, unless nuclear power becomes available there will never be the 8ft barrelling wave every one dreams about.

It's basic high school science.

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tylerdurden Wednesday, 16 Jun 2021 at 9:58am

Greg Webber would vehemently disagree with you Freeride

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freeride76 Wednesday, 16 Jun 2021 at 10:01am

he is free to disagree on the subjective parts of the above post, but not free to disagree on the physics.

I hope he gets something up in my lifetime.

tbh, I'm far more excited by his work on artificial reefs.

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tylerdurden Wednesday, 16 Jun 2021 at 10:23am

Orlando pool apparently producing 2.25m waves, 120 waves per hour

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freeride76 Wednesday, 16 Jun 2021 at 10:41am

Got any footage?

all the footage I've seen of the Orlando tub looks 3ft and weak.

happy to be proved wrong though.

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tylerdurden Wednesday, 16 Jun 2021 at 10:55am

Has anyone got footage of the Webber pool in Orlando?? Not me.
Greg has been talking the talk for a decade, he definitely disagrees with you about the ability to produce 6ft+ waves economically

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freeride76 Wednesday, 16 Jun 2021 at 11:40am

talking the talk is half the equation.
the other half is walking the walk.

thats usually the hard part.

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JackStance Wednesday, 16 Jun 2021 at 8:03am

looks like everyone here has everything covered.

I hope someone, Greg Webber, builds a new era wave pull with serious consequences and opportunities.

Needs to be at least twice the size of any wave pool currently out there.

imv, Blowins format criticism is on point.

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udo Wednesday, 16 Jun 2021 at 11:05am

There's two key words in there Jack..

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wally Wednesday, 16 Jun 2021 at 10:33am

The first 10 minutes or so at the ranch will be interesting just to see what they’ve done to the wave. It has changed over the years and I think they continue to tweak. The most obvious change has been the big reduction in tube time compared to the first version unveiled.

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stunet Wednesday, 16 Jun 2021 at 10:51am

@Wally,

Doesn't look like they've made any changes. Alex Ribeiro and Gabs filmed recently:

https://www.instagram.com/p/CQKIwhgnsMh/

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simba Wednesday, 16 Jun 2021 at 11:30am

meds will win with that tube riding

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udo Wednesday, 16 Jun 2021 at 11:04am

WSL Snapper comp been Axed ?

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Vic Local Wednesday, 16 Jun 2021 at 6:10pm

If snapper has been axed for Newcastle / North Narrabeen / or Rottnest, the WSL have just taking short term $$$ at the expense of the sport. Comp surfing is just sooo boring with the Wozzle running the show for profit. I'm kinda getting sick of tax payers being on the hook for this low ratings shit show.
This idea that sponsorship dollars encourages tourism to comp locations is long past its used by date.

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frog Thursday, 17 Jun 2021 at 8:14am

Correction; Wozzle is running the show for No profit.

Tax payer Tourism promotion dollars supporting WSL contests in Australia may succeed in:
1. boosting the number of brazzos in the line up living on baked beans in a 10 person low rent airb&bs near Snapper or wherever else you expose. Not sure if that is a great outcome for revenue, surf amenity and methane levels.
2. hitting the world news and going viral each time a heat is called off due to a shark sighting - scaring off millions of the general public around the world. Italo's air in a heat might not make the news but a shark sighting will.

I think the general public might be twigging to why those jet skis patrol outside the line up at WSL contests and that mysterious big boat gets moored further out - full of shark detecting sonar equipment and teams of highly trained ninja divers who wrestle in unseen battles underwater with huge GW by the hour to keep Gabriel safe throughout every contest.

https://www.goldcoastbulletin.com.au/lifestyle/pets-and-wildlife/chinese...

"Chinese tourists turned off by Australian shark attacks despite Gold Coast’s safe waters"

"The study of more than 500 tourists interested in travelling to Australia from our biggest international markets — China, New Zealand, the US, UK and Japan — found a fear of sharks was keeping many away."

Tourism Departments here is the equation: More Wozzle contests = ever greater fear of sharks in Australia among foreign and local tourists.