Big WSL Shake-up; 2018 CT Schedule Confirmed

Change is truly the only constant thing in this world, and the WSL is the perfect example. It started with a confirmation of a wave pool event in next year’s tour and countless rumors of a possible format overhaul. Nothing was final, until now.

Filipe Toledo’s winning moment at Hurley Pro 2017 | Photo Credit: Instagram

In a press release, WSL CEO Sophie Goldschmidt confirmed that a few changes are happening to the 2018 Championship Tour. First off, WSL is dropping Fiji Pro and Hurley Pro from the roster. Replacing them are Bali Pro at Keramas and the Surf Ranch at Leemore. Fiji and Trestles have been one of the more popular events on tour so it was kind of unexpected that they got the boot. And though this may be disappointing news, the new stops are pretty exciting.

Keramas is known to deliver high-performance conditions. Year after year, events held at this Indonesian reef break have been flawless! With its mouth-watering right-handers, we’re pretty sure this tour stop will be loads of fun.

We already got a little preview of what a WSL event will look like at Kelly’s Surf Ranch. And though opinions on the addition of an artificial wave on tour are mixed, feedback from pros like Mick Fanning and Bethany Hamilton who have tried the wave pool gives us something to look forward to.

The women’s tour will also suffer some losses as the Fiji Pro, Swatch Pro at Trestles, and Cascais Women’s Pro in Portugal have been put on the chopping block. They will then be accompanying the men in South Africa at the Corona Open J-Bay.

Amidst all the impending changes, one thing will remain the same (at least for next year) – Pipe will still crown the World Champion. The same can’t be said for 2019 as the tour will kick things off at the Pipe and end at Teahupoo. The final four surfers for both men and women will then battle it out in Indonesia for the coveted World Title.

It’s too soon to tell if these tweaks will have a significant impact on next year’s tour and the whole surfing community. We’d have to wait and see how things will unfold and with the 2017 Championship Tour coming to a close soon, we wouldn’t be waiting long.

Here’s the updated schedule for the 2018 World Tour:

2018 World Surf League (WSL) Men’s Championship Tour:
Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast, Australia – March 11 – 22, 2018
Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach, Australia – March 28 – April 8, 2018
Margaret River Pro, Australia – April 11 – 22, 2018
Oi Rio Pro, Brazil – May 10 – 19, 2018
Bali Pro, Indonesia – May 27 – June 9, 2018
Corona Open J-Bay, South Africa – July 2 – 13, 2018
Tahiti Pro Teahupo’o, Tahiti – August 10 – 21, 2018
Surf Ranch Lemoore, California/USA – September 5 – 9, 2018
Quiksilver Pro France, France – October 3 – 14, 2018
Meo Rip Curl Pro Portugal, Portugal – October 16 – 27, 2018
Billabong Pipe Masters, Hawaii/USA – December 8 – 20, 2018

2018 World Surf League (WSL) Women’s Championship Tour:
Roxy Pro Gold Coast, Australia – March 11 – 22, 2018
Rip Curl Women’s Pro Bells Beach, Australia – March 28 – April 8, 2018
Margaret River Pro, Australia – April 11 – 22, 2018
Oi Rio Pro, Brazil – May 10 – 19, 2018
Bali Pro, Indonesia – May 27 – June 9, 2018
Corona Open J-Bay, South Africa – July 10 – 17, 2018
Vans US Open of Surfing, USA – July 30 – August 5, 2018
Surf Ranch Lemoore, California/USA – September 5 – 9, 2018
Roxy Pro France, France – October 3 – 14, 2018
Hawaii Women’s Pro, Hawaii/USA – November 25 – December 6, 2018

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