Changes to the Championship Tour
Late last year the Woz announced the schedule for this year's Championship Tour and there it sat on the woz.com for many months, all seemingly locked in save for the Finals Series which I assumed would be a grand reveal. Indo? Mexico?
Anyway, with Pipe just over the horizon, I checked the schedule two days back to reacquaint myself with the stops. All were still as they were: five stops before the cut, five after, one Finals Series To Be Announced.
This morning, however, the announcement came and it's more than just the Finals Series that have changed, though we'll begin with that.
All the rumours were wrong and the Finals Series are returning to Trestles - the site of last year's Finals Series. Says ELO from Woz HQ:
"The inaugural edition of the Rip Curl WSL Finals was an incredible success. To see the WSL Final 5 go head-to-head in amazing waves and to witness the women's and men's World Titles be decided on the same day, in the water, for the first time was special. This new format captivated our audience and drove consumption like never before. We are excited to return to Lowers this season."
Trestles was originally slated as a standard CT, the seventh of the season, running from June 15th to 22nd. It is now replaced by the El Salvador Pro - to be held in Surf City no less - from June 12th to 20th.
Surf City - otherwise known as La Libertad - is where the ISA Games were recently held and were ISA Prez Fernando knocked 'em dead with a rendition of the official surfing song 'A Better World Through Surfing'.
The schedule is as follows:
And a quick refresher:
36 surfers in Men's and 18 in Women's CT.
That gets cut to 24 and 12 after the fifth contest.
Relegated surfers can begin the Challenger Series that begins May 7th on the Gold Coast.
Remaining surfers contest the final five events.
The top five in both Men and Women contest the Finals Series, a one day event at Trestles.