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WSL Cancels 2020 Season, Makes Tour Format Changes

Another one bites the dust. As a direct result of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, the World Surf League has decided to cancel the remainder of the 2020 season. Not that it actually ever got started, since not a single Championship Tour event has taken place this year. That means there will be no 2020 World Champion, but lucky for surfing fans, the 2021 women’s season kicks off this November in Maui, and in December on the North Shore for men.

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On top of the cancellations, the WSL announced changes to its competition and season format for the future. In an effort to make competitions more seasonally appropriate, several stops have been moved around, including the MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal – now to be held during the winter months to capture powerful Atlantic swells. Additionally, the WSL is bringing back the G-Land stop in East Java, a classic left-hand point break that was staple of past seasons. Finally, the WSL Finals will return, and are likely to be held somewhere in North America.

Here is the full 2020-21 schedule as it stands now:

Shiseido Maui Pro presented by ROXY: Maui, Hawaii | November 25 – December 6, 2020

Billabong Pipe Masters: Oahu, Hawaii | December 8 – 20, 2020

MEO Pro Portugal: Peniche, Portugal | February 18 – 28, 2021

Corona Open Gold Coast presented by Billabong: Queensland, Australia | March 18 – 28, 2021

Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach: Victoria, Australia | April 1 – 11, 2021

Margaret River Pro: Western Australia, Australia | April 16 – 26, 2021

Oi Rio Pro presented by Corona: Saquarema, Brasil | May 20 – 29, 2021

Surf Ranch Pro: California, USA | June 10 – 13, 2021

Quiksilver Pro G-Land: Indonesia | June 20 – 29, 2021

Corona Open J-Bay: South Africa | July 7 – 19, 2021

Outerknown Tahiti Pro: Teahupo’o, Tahiti | August 26 – September 6, 2021

The WSL Finals: Location TBD | September 8 – 16, 2021

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