WSL introduces the Challenger Series in 2020
Overnight, Wozzle HQ fired off a press release that announced "a new level of competition that will provide athletes more opportunities at the highest level." Called the Challenger Series it hovers somewhere between the QS and CT.
However, it's not a third tier of competition but is still housed within the existing QS series.
Confused? So were we.
In reality, the Challenger Series is a way for the Wozzle to spruce up the oft-neglected Qualifying Series. So much energy goes into the CT, yet it's the level below, the QS, that provides the pathway to the top.
And as surfing increases in popularity the QS is increasingly congested. Cut-off limits that once only applied to Hawaiian events are now enforced at every 10,000 event.
No-one gets to the top without good results in those 10,000 events, so the WSL has gathered them together, added three more, one for the men, two for the women, and rebadged them as the Challenger Series.
“We’re excited to announce the Challenger Series for 2020,” said Travis Logie, the Wozzle's Senior Manager Tours and Competition. “This new level of event and competition will provide greater opportunity for elite qualification, visibility for the next generation of surfers, and a marketing platform for our regional partners."
Expect the Challenger Series to have webcasts similar to CT contests, with equivalent marketing and promotion.
2020 WSL Challenger Series Schedule:
Piha, New Zealand (March), Men’s and Women’s
Ballito, South Africa (July), Men’s
Huntington Beach, USA (August), Men’s and Women’s
Pantin, Spain (September), Men’s and Women’s
Ericeira, Portugal (September), Men’s
Phillip Island, Australia (November), Women’s
Haleiwa, Hawaii (November), Men’s
Sunset, Hawaii (December), Men’s