The WSL Countdown Continues with Global Series of Charitable Events in Australia, France, Portugal and Brazil
- Window open for Australian Grand Slam of Surfing with potential events in New South Wales, Western Australia and Queensland
- Euro Cup of Surfing to run competitions in Anglet, France and a mobile event in Portugal
- Onda Do Bem presented by Oi hosts a one-night team challenge at an undisclosed location in Brazil
- Watch all events LIVE on WorldSurfLeague.com
LOS ANGELES, Calif./USA (Tuesday, September 2, 2020): The World Surf League (WSL) is set to continue its global series of pre-season events, The WSL Countdown, with upcoming competitions in Australia, France, Portugal and Brazil. These contests will continue to bring world-class competitive surfing to fans during a time of restricted international travel and will feature a selection of the world’s best surfers, including Olympic qualifiers Kanoa Igarashi and Johanne Defay alongside WSL Champions Stephanie Gilmore and Tyler Wright. All events will be broadcast live on WorldSurfLeague.com. Check local listings for details of additional broadcasters.
Australian Grand Slam of Surfing between September 1 and October 31, 2020:
– Boost Mobile Pro Gold Coast
– Margaret River Pro
– Tweed Coast Pro
Onda Do Bem presented by Oi on September 18, 2020
Euro Cup of Surfing:
– French Rendez-Vous of Surfing between September 23 and 25, 2020
– MEO Portugual Cup of Surfing between September 28 and October 2, 2020
*All events and dates subject to change due to applicable COVID-19 related restrictions, including regional travel restrictions
The first event of the series, the Michelob ULTRA Pure Gold Rumble at the Ranch, was completed on August 9 with Filipe Toledo (BRA) and Coco Ho (HAW) claiming victory in a one-day, mixed tag-team format competition on the perfect waves of the WSL Surf Ranch in Lemoore, California.
Australian Grand Slam of Surfing
The window is open for the Australian Grand Slam of Surfing where 24 of Australia’s best surfers (12 men and 12 women) will compete in a three-event charitable series set to take place between September 1 and October 31. Pending state border restrictions, events are planned for Tweed Coast in regional NSW, Margaret River Main Break in Western Australia and the Gold Coast, Queensland. 10 male CT competitors and 8 female CT competitors will be on standby for each stop, some looking to compete for the first time in 2020, with the remaining spots going to top-ranked QS surfers and local wildcards.
Onda Do Bem presented by Oi
15 of the top Brazilian surfers will join 10 celebrities for a broadcast-only, charitable event on Friday, September 18 from 2pm to 8pm ET / 11am to 5pm PT. Competitors will form teams of five and take part in a series of surf challenges, including an air contest and a tag team challenge, at an undisclosed location.
Euro Cup of Surfing
The Euro Cup of Surfing will see 24 surfers (12 men and 12 women) compete in two events, in France and Portugal, for the chance to win a charitable prize purse. An exciting short format will offer the opportunity to wrap the events in a single-day to capitalize on the best conditions.
The French Rendez-Vous of Surfing will take place in Anglet during the window September 23-25 and will be closed to the public.
The MEO Portugual Cup of Surfing is a mobile event that could run in a number of locations, including Ericeira, Peniche, or Nazaré, depending on conditions during the window September 28 to October 2.
About the WSL
The World Surf League (WSL), established in 1976, is the home of surfing. The WSL is dedicated to changing the world through the inspirational power of surfing by creating authentic events, experiences, and storytelling to inspire a growing, global community to live with purpose, originality, and stoke.
The WSL is a global organization, headquartered in Santa Monica and with regional offices in North America, Latin America, Asia Pacific, and EMEA. The WSL possesses a deep appreciation for the sport’s rich heritage while promoting progression, innovation, and performance at the highest levels.
The WSL is comprised of Tours & Events, celebrating the world’s best surfers across all disciplines and annually running more than 180 global contests and crowning the undisputed World Champions across all divisions; WSL WaveCo, where innovation meets experience; and WSL Studios, which offers best in class storytelling across competition, lifestyle, and conservation.
For more information, please visit WorldSurfLeague.com