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WSL announces fully-integrated women’s and men’s championship tour

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In the wake of surfing’s Olympic debut, the World Surf League announced its 2022 calendar on Wednesday.

For the first time, the Championship Tour and Challenger Series will feature a combined men’s and women’s schedule. The league will also introduce a mid-season cut.

The 2022 competition will have a three-tier competition framework, aimed at developing young talent more locally via the seven Regional Qualifying Series. The surfers who emerge from the Qualifying Series will fight for a spot on the brand-new global Challenger Series. From there, they will have the opportunity to qualify for the Championship Tour and compete for the World Title.

G-Land, Indonesia will return to the tour for the first time in 24 years, marking the first time ever that women will compete at that location.

Last month, Team USA’s Carissa Moore won the first Olympic gold medal in women’s surfing.

The full 2022 WSL Championship Tour schedule:

  • Pipeline, Hawai’i: January 29 – February 10
  • Sunset, Hawai’i: February 11-23
  • Peniche, Portugal: March 3-13
  • Bells Beach, Australia: April 10-20
  • Margaret River, Western Australia: April 24 – May 4

Mid-Season Cut – 18-woman field reduced to 12-woman field

  • G-Land, Indonesia: May 28 – June 6
  • Trestles, USA: June 15 – 22
  • Saquarema, Brazil: June 27 – July 4
  • Jeffreys Bay, South Africa: July 9 – 18
  • Teahupo’o, Tahiti: August 11 – 21

WSL Final 5 determined to battle for women’s World Title

  • Rip Curl WSL Finals, location TBA: September 7-18