WSL Longboard Tour Proposes Four Events In 2023
Since longboarding fell under the WSL/ASP auspices, no two seasons have been identical. Some seasons have had one contest, some have had four. Some seasons had four proposed contests with only one contest running.
Even after the Woz brought in Devon Howard to right the ship, has stability alluded them.
Next season, however, the Longboard Tour is making a play at an expanded and hopefully stable tour, with four stops. Yesterday, they announced the schedule which included a stop in Australia. Surprisingly, it wasn't at Noosa or any of the Northern NSW pointbreaks, but at Bells Beach in Victoria.
They'll also incorporate the CT system of a one-day, winner takes all final. That will be held at Malibu, California.
“We’re excited for the new developments and growth for the WSL Longboard Tour,” said Jessi Miley-Dyer, the World Surf League Senior Vice President of Tours and Head of Competition - handily shortened to WSL SVPoTaHoC.
“The intention of the new structure is to create improved opportunities for surfers to compete. We’ve added more tour stops, incorporated wider qualification, and are committed to crowning World Champions in the water with a new one-day Finals-format. We look forward to the 2023 season and beyond to continue to celebrate the world’s best longboarding.”
2023 WSL Longboard Tour Schedule*
- Bells Beach Longboard Classic (Bells Beach, Victoria, Australia): August 30 - September 2, 2023
- Surf City El Salvador Longboard Classic (El Sunzal, El Salvador): September 19 - 25, 2023
- Longboard Championship (Malibu, Calif., USA): October 3 - 13, 2023
*Fourth Longboard Tour event to be announced at a later date