In the previous months, WSL has announced that major changes will happen in professional surfing. Although no official statement has been released, a few reliable sources have revealed of what to expect from future surfing events. The test event at Kelly Slater’s ranch is just one proof that the future of surfing is really changing.
Recently though, a closed meeting was held between WSL and surfers in California. According to Tracks, some surfers leaked that WSL will be doing a massive restructure for the future events for both men and women competitions.
After committing to Bells Beach Pro and Margaret River, Dirk Ziff says that the business model is just in need of a trim. Some surfers feel excited about the new plans, but others are less keen on it. Kelly Slater’s role is still unclear, but an event in May at his Surf Ranch is a sure go.
Apart from that event for year 2019, the 2018 world tour won’t experience much change other than the QS 6000s that could possibly be bracketed between September and end of the year. This is to prepare for the restructuring.
Also according to leaks, the WSL world tour would probably start at the Pipeline in February of 2019 before going to Portugal ahead of the Australian leg. As for other events, the sequence is still unclear but these locations will definitely be included: Brazil, Fiji, France, Jeffreys Bay, Surf Ranch, Tahiti, Trestles and then Indonesia for the playoffs in September.
Some critics say that playoffs would be better if it’s held on October or early November because it’s less crowded and the autumn conditions for the European leg are optimal. Well, WSL may think the same or otherwise. And all fans can do is wait for the confirmation of future events.
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