If you recall, news of this digital partnership between WSL and Facebook came out last January. The deal which was reportedly worth $30 million gives the social media platform rights to broadcast WSL events like CT, QS 10,000 and Big Wave World Tour exclusively for two years.
“Today we’re writing to highlight that we’re getting ready to transition our live event online broadcast to Facebook over the next few weeks. The full transition will take place at the 2018 Corona Open J-Bay (July 2 – 16), subject to continued successful testing,” WSL wrote in a letter to the fans.
Now that a date has been set, fans will need to log in to their Facebook accounts if they want to see all the action from the Corona Open J-Bay and all that follow. What if you don’t have an account? Create one because you won’t be seeing any of the events on the WSL website.
However, fans are a bit hesitant to sign up due to the recent data scandal that Facebook was involved in where they admitted to having “shared” personal information of around 50 million users. They suggest a format where they can choose to watch either on the app, the website or on Facebook.
There’s no telling whether WSL will listen to its fan base and offer options with streaming or just stick to its original plan, but right now, your only option to watch your favorite surfers is to join Facebook or just boycott the whole thing.
For more surf news, subscribe HERE