Breaking: Rottnest Island added to Aussie CT leg
Adding to overnight news that Narrabeen wil host a CT event, comes news that Western Australia's Rottnest Island is also included on the calendar.
If all goes to plan - read: there are no more COVID outbreaks - there'll be four events on the Australian leg:
- Rip Curl Newcastle Cup pres. by Corona: April 1 - 11
- Rip Curl Narrabeen Classic pres. by Corona: April 16 - 26
- Boost Mobile Margaret River Pro pres. by Corona: May 2-12
- Rip Curl Rottnest Search pres. by Corona: May 16 - 26
With just six days between the end of the Narrabeen waiting period and the start of Margaret River, the confirmation hinged upon a guarantee by the McGowan State Government for quarantine-free access. Both the McGowan and NSW Berejiklian Government gave pre-approval to the WSL for a quarantine bubble.
The same guarantee couldn't be given in Victoria and Queensland, hence Bells Beach and Snapper Rocks aren't included in this year's tour.
If all four contests are held, then the WSL wil leave Australia with five results thus far, plus two more events that are very likely to be held - Surf Ranch and Trestles - with a chance the postponed Santa Cruz contest may be rescheduled while the pros are in the US.
That will leave them with either seven or eight results to crown a world title, though there's a long time between now and September, especially in a COVID year.