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WSL Cancels/Postpones Events Until June Due to COVID-19

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Due to the continued evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Surf League is postponing or canceling all events, at all levels of competition, through the end of May. This includes the postponement of the remainder of the events in the Australian leg of the Championship Tour, Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach and Boost Mobile Margaret River Pro, as well as the WSL Big Wave Awards. The Quiksilver Pro G-land - scheduled to take place in a remote part of Indonesia in June - will either be canceled or moved to an area with more infrastructure. The love of surfing is the bond that holds our global community together. We want to share positivity during these anxious times, by continuing to celebrate that bond, and our shared passion for this sport, the ocean, our athletes and one another. We are going to keep talking about surfing, and worldsurfleague.com will continue to deliver daily content - and release awesome new content - about where surfing’s been, where it is and where it’s going. We are going to do that on all of our platforms. We are going to increase the volume of content we are producing from WSL Studios, deepen our editorial, and find new ways to stay connected all while we wait for that next opening horn to sound – and we are going to be asking you, our fans, what you want to see. We have every intention of commencing the 2020 Championship Tour season, and all our tours, as soon as possible. We are already hard at work doing scenario planning for what a reimagined 2020 tour might look like. As is the case everywhere, hardship is forcing creativity! The world’s best surfers will be back in the water very soon and we’ll continue to deliver a daily celebration of surfing on worldsurfleague.com from now until infinity. We are grateful for all your continued support. Stay safe. Keep surfing. We’ll see you out there | @elo_eriklogan Read more at worldsurfleague.com

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Today the WSL announced plans to postpone or cancel all events through the end of May because of growing COVID-19 concerns. The tour demands a great deal of international travel from both athletes and workers, which the tour deems too risky given the current pandemic. The list of canceled events includes the Australian leg of the Championship Tour, Bells Beach, Margaret River, and the WSL Big Wave Awards. 

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The Quiksilver Pro G-land may still run in June, which is also the time the 2020 tour hopes to kick things off again. But as with most sporting events right now—the FWT, ski racing, or UCI/EWS MTB racing—the only thing we can really do is wait and see what happens with the virus before moving ahead. 

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