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WSL Announces Landmark Fully-Integrated 2022 Championship Tour And Challenger Series Calendar

Wednesday, August 4, 2021 Updated: Thursday, August 5, 2021

The World Surf League today announces the 2022 Championship Tour (CT) and Challenger Series (CS) calendars, the inaugural season for the fully redesigned Tours and Competition framework, establishing the key venues and dates for the world's best surfers moving forward. The all new format features a combined men's and women's schedule for the first time, as well as the introduction of a mid-season cut, a new defining moment for professional surfing.

The WSL will have a three-tier competition framework that emphasizes developing young talent more locally via the seven Regional Qualifying Series, on which emerging men's and women's surfers will battle to earn a spot on the newly-formed global Challenger Series. Once on the CS, they will have the opportunity to qualify for elite CT where the best surfers on the planet compete for the undisputed World Title.

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The 2022 WSL CT will include 10 regular-season events in seven countries, starting in January at the world-famous Pipeline in Hawai'i, for the first-ever men's and women's joint event at that legendary break. The CT will return to G-Land, Indonesia, which is back on the CT for the first time in 24 years for the men and for the first time ever for the women, and conclude in August at the infamous Teahupo'o in Tahiti before the second-annual Rip Curl WSL Finals in September, where the WSL Final 5 men's and women's surfers will face off for the undisputed World Title.

"The WSL exists to steward and celebrate the world's best surfing and this redesigned Tours and Competition framework is historic in many ways, serving as the core engine of our business," said WSL CEO Erik Logan. "In collaborating with our surfers and partners on delivering events like the Billabong Pro Pipeline, the MEO Portugal Pro, the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach, the Quiksilver Pro G-Land, the Oi Rio Pro, the Margaret River Pro and others, we're thrilled to announce one of the most exciting WSL Championship Tour calendars in history for next season and set the framework for the sport for years to come."

2022 WSL Championship Tour Schedule*

  • Pipeline, Hawai'i - January 29 - February 10
  • Sunset, Hawai'i - February 11 - 23
  • Peniche, Portugal - March 3 - 13
  • Bells Beach, Australia - April 10 - 20

Margaret River, Western Australia - April 24 - May 4

Mid-Season Cut - 36-man and 18-woman fields reduced to 24-man and 12-woman fields.

  • G-Land, Indonesia - May 28 - June 6
  • Trestles, USA - June 15 - 22
  • Saquarema, Brazil - June 27 - July 4
  • Jeffreys Bay, South Africa - July 9 - 18

Teahupo'o, Tahiti - August 11 - 21

WSL Final 5 determined to battle for the undisputed men's and women's World Titles.

  • Rip Curl WSL Finals, location TBA - September 7 - 18

"Next year's combined CT schedule starts at the Billabong Pro Pipeline and concludes in Tahiti and adds back incredible venues like G-Land and Jeffreys Bay," Logan continued. "Surf Ranch has been featured on the CT calendar since 2018 and we'll be taking a year off from the basin in 2022. We will continue to innovate with the world's best artificial wave technology and we are excited for a return to our wave system in 2023 and beyond."

The 2022 CT season will start with 36 men and 18 women, and then be reduced to 22 men and 10 women after the mid-season cut. The top-ranked surfers will continue on to the second half of the tour (where they will be joined by two men's and two women's wildcards) and automatically requalify for the 2023 CT. The smaller fields in the back half of the year will create more compact and exciting events, with only the best conditions in the event window, and more matchups featuring the biggest stars on tour. The surfers who miss the cut will be relegated to the CS, which commences immediately following CT stop five in Western Australia, where they will have the opportunity to earn back their slot on the following year's CT.

"We believe we have arrived at a structure for our tours that makes great sense and is a massive upgrade for fans, partners and athletes throughout the pro surfing ecosystem," said Jessi Miley-Dyer, SVP of Tours and Head of Competition. "It's awesome that both the Championship Tour and Challenger Series will have a fully combined men's and women's schedule, as well as an equal number of events, for the first time in 2022. We've been really deliberate in working with our stakeholders to build calendars that are driving the world's best surfing, have great venues and create the best possible platform moving forward. We've had overwhelming feedback from our surfers and partners in the development of the eight-stop WSL Challenger Series, including incredible events like the Vans US Open of Surfing and the Quiksilver and ROXY Pro France. We couldn't be more excited about 2022 and beyond."

"With the new mid-season cut, every event counts," said WSL Surfers Representative, Conner Coffin. "The fact that someone could lose their place on tour after five events really ups the stakes and is going to push everyone to surf really hard."

"It's amazing to be part of such an incredible moment for women's surfing," said WSL Surfers Representative, Tatiana Weston-Webb. "2022 will be remembered as the first year we'll have a combined tour for men's and women's, including an equal number of events. I'm very excited to surf the best waves in the world, and make history together with all of the CT surfers."

The WSL Challenger Series

The second of three competitive tiers for the world's best surfers, the 2022 WSL Challenger Series will feature 96-man and 64-woman fields, drawn from the seven WSL Regional Qualifying Series around the world. CS surfers will compete for a chance to advance to the elite WSL CT in 2023, with surfers counting their best five of eight results on the Challenger Series in hopes of finishing in the Top 10 men's and Top 5 women's spots by the end of the season.

The 2022 WSL CS will consist of eight events, beginning at Snapper Rocks on Australia's Gold Coast, Australia from May 7 - 15 and concluding in Haleiwa, Hawai'i, from November 26 - December 7.

The 2022 WSL Challenger Series Schedule*

  • Gold Coast, Australia - May 7 - 15
  • Manly, Australia - May 17 - 24
  • Ballito, South Africa - July 20 - 27
  • Huntington Beach, USA - July 30 - August 7
  • Ericeira, Portugal - October 1 - 9
  • Landes, France - October 15 - 23
  • Piha, New Zealand - November 5 - 13
  • Haleiwa, Hawai'i - November 26 - December 7

Snapper Rocks has served as the opening CT event since 1998 and with the two Australian CT events in 2022, the famed righthand point will host an international field in the high-quality surf month of May, igniting the WSL CS schedule each season moving forward.

The New Regional Qualifying Series

The critical foundation to the WSL's new three-tier competition framework, the Regional Qualifying Series enables young surfers to develop close to home, without the expense and burden of global travel, before competing internationally on the global CS and eventually, for those who perform, the elite CT.

"The regionalized Qualifying Series provides more opportunities to celebrate local stars and reduce the economic pressure for surfers as they work towards qualifying for the Challenger Series, and ultimately the CT," said Logan.

The seven Regional Qualifying Series (QS) are: Africa, Asia, Australia/Oceania, Europe, Hawaii, North America and South America, qualifying men's and women's surfers from each region to the CS and an opportunity to earn a place amongst the world's best on the CT. More information on the QS schedule to follow.

COVID-19 Protocols

*All tour stops and dates are subject to change due to applicable COVID-19 related restrictions, including global travel restrictions.

The health and safety of athletes, staff, and the local community are of the utmost importance and the WSL has a robust set of procedures in place to keep everyone safe. These plans are unique to each Tour stop.

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2024 WSL Championship Tour preview: Full schedule and surfers to watch

The 2024 season kicks off in Hawaii on 29 January with another nine stops on the agenda that covers seven countries across four continents. Discover the competition format, full schedule and stars to watch.

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Battle-ready surf champions, a slew of exciting rookies, and a countdown to the Olympic Games – the 2024 WSL Championship Tour season promises to make plenty of headlines.

All but one of the Tour's 10 stops take place before Paris 2024 and will be a chance for the top surfers in the world to test themselves before the Olympic surfing competition kicks off on the world-famous Teahupo’o wave in seven months.

The Championship Tour kicks off at the Banzai Pipeline in Hawaii on 29 January with 36 male and 18 female surfers set to compete during the regular season that spans seven countries. Fiji is back on the schedule after a seven-year break while the WSL Finals will once again take place in Lower Trestles, USA in September.

From champion surfers to up-and-coming rookies, competition schedule and format, here’s all you need to know about the 2024 season of professional surfing’s top circuit.

Format of the 2024 WSL Championship Tour

The regular Championship Tour season features nine events with 54 surfers set to take part before the mid-season cut-off in the second half of April.

Surfers will compete at five stops, in Hawaii, Portugal and Australia, before the cut-off. At that point the men’s field will be reduced to 24 top-ranked athletes and the female field to 12 athletes.

The remaining surfers will then compete in Tahiti, from 22 to 31 May, just over two months before the same venue hosts the Olympic surfing competition.

The regular season will wrap up with a return to Fiji’s Cloudbreak, a powerful left-hand barrel where athletes will have to surf waves that can reach as high as 20 feet in a bid to clinch the last spots in the WSL Final 5.

The world titles will once again be decided in a one-day, winner-takes-all competition with the season’s best surfers going head to head. The 2024 edition will mark the fourth time that Lower Trestles hosts the WSL Finals.

The Top 22 men and Top 10 women in the rankings will automatically qualify for the 2025 Championship Tour. The remaining spots - 10 for men and five for women - will be allocated to the top performers in the WSL Challenger Series. There will also be two wildcards on offer for men and one for women.

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2024 WSL Championship Tour: Stars to watch

Brazil's Filipe Toledo and USA's Caroline Marks head into the 2024 season as the defending champions.

For Toledo, 2024 could be the biggest year yet. The Brazilian surfer is going for his third consecutive world title – a feat that would match the achievement of his compatriot Gabriel Medina  who has the most world titles after USA’s Kelly Slater . A reserve at Tokyo 2020 , this year Toledo also has the chance to win Olympic gold after earning a provisional Paris 2024 quota* through last season's WSL rankings.

One of Toledo's toughest competitors, Griffin Colapinto , promises to be an even bigger challenge in the upcoming season as he continues to hit new career milestones. The USA surfer topped the rankings for the first time in May 2023 and finished second overall in the regular season.

This season Colapinto will be joined by younger brother Crosby who is making his debut on the Tour. The brothers have travelled together to some competitions in 2023, but competing on the same Tour might prove the extra boost both surfers need to excel in 2024.

Griffin Colapinto is eager to win his first world title, having come close last season, similarly to Australia’s Ethan Ewing and Jack Robinson , who are also going for their first.

Robinson enjoyed his best year in 2023, winning the season opener in Hawaii and later the Tahiti Pro, before welcoming his first child in late December. Ewing finished as the runner-up last season with four podium finishes on the regular season and a solid performance in the WSL Finals.

Always a trophy contender, Medina just missed the WSL Final last season and is still hungry for that fourth world title. 

USA’s John John Florence is bidding for his third while the season's wildcard Slater wants to update the history books with a record-breaking 12th. As Slater underwent hip surgery in September, his form remains in question, though that would not make it any less exciting to watch the surfing legend in action.

Caroline Marks made the dazzling leap from wildcard to winner on the 2023 Championship Tour. From a shaky, ninth-place start to three victories in the second half of the season, including at Tahiti Pro, and upsetting Olympic champion Carissa Moore in the final head-to-head at Lower Trestles, Marks' world title campaign was a perfect example of grit. She now heads into 2024 with even more confidence.

Five-time world champion Carissa Moore announced earlier inJanuary that she will be stepping away from competitve surfing after the Paris Olympics.

Just days ahead of this season's first WSL event, eight-time world champion Stephanie Gilmore said that she will be taking a break from full-time competiton for a year. 

“I am planning to take this time as a refresh for myself physically, mentally, and enjoy following swells and free surfing in new places,” said Gilmore in a WSL press release. “I have some projects and trips I want to do, which haven’t been possible while traveling during the season. I am still passionate and dedicated to competing, and I have goals and dreams that I am still chasing - I’m excited for this year to activate those and I look forward to returning in 2025.”

Her fellow Australian Sally Fitzgibbons will add more fire to the circuit, with plenty of young talent in the mix as well.

Last season’s rookie Caitlin Simmers emerged as the breakthrough of the season. The USA teen won two stops, advanced to the WSL Final 5 and finished fourth overall.

Australia's Molly Picklum is another youngster impressing on the big stage. A rookie in the 2022 season, she missed the mid-season cut-off that year, but made a powerful return in 2023, never finishing below the Top 5 and advancing to the WSL Finals, which also secured her a provisional Paris 2024 quota*.

*As National Olympic Committees have the exclusive authority for the representation of their respective countries at the Olympic Games, athletes' participation at the Paris 2024 Games depends on their NOC selecting them to represent their delegation at Paris 2024.

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Athletes on the 2024 WSL Championship Tour

Qualifiers based on the 2023 Championship Tour rankings Caroline Marks - USA Carissa Moore - Hawaii Tyler Wright - Australia Caitlin Simmers - USA Molly Picklum - Australia Lakey Peterson - USA Tatiana Weston-Webb - Brazil Gabriela Bryan - Hawaii Bettylou Sakura Johnson - Hawaii Sally Fitzgibbons - Australia

Qualifiers based on the 2023 Challenger Series rankings India Robinson - Australia Sawyer Lindblad - USA Alyssa Spencer - USA Isabella Nichols - Australia Luana Silva - Brazil

Wildcards Johanne Defay - France Brisa Hennessy - Costa Rica

Replacement Sophie McCulloch - Australia

Qualifiers based on the 2023 Championship Tour rankings Filipe Toledo - Brazil Ethan Ewing - Australia Griffin Colapinto - USA Joao Chianca - Brazil Jack Robinson - Australia Gabriel Medina - Brazil Yago Dora - Brazil John John Florence - Hawaii Leonardo Fioravanti - Italy Ryan Callinan - Australia Connor O’Leary - Australia Barron Mamiya - Hawaii Italo Ferreira - Brazil Kanoa Igarashi - Japan Ian Gentil - Hawaii Jordy Smith - South Africa Liam O’Brien - Australia Caio Ibelli - Brazil Matthew McGillivray - South Africa Callum Robson - Australia Rio Waida - Indonesia Seth Moniz - Hawaii

Qualifiers based on the 2023 Challenger Series rankings Cole Houshmand - USA Samuel Pupo - Brazil Jacob Willcox - Australia Crosby Colapinto - USA Eli Hanneman - Hawaii Imaikalani deVault - Hawaii Frederico Morais - Portugal Jake Marshall - USA Kade Matson - USA Deivid Silva - Brazil

Wildcards Kelly Slater - USA Miguel Pupo - Brazil

Replacement Ramzi Boukhiam - Morocco

Full schedule of the 2024 WSL Championship Tour

  • Banzai Pipeline, Oahu, Hawaii: 29 January – 10 February
  • Sunset Beach, Oahu, Hawaii: 12 – 22 February
  • Peniche, Leiria, Portugal: 6 – 16 March
  • Bells Beach, Victoria, Australia: 26 March – 5 April
  • Margaret River, Western Australia, Australia: 11 – 21 April

Mid-season cut: From 36 male surfers to 24, 18 female surfers to 12

  • Teahupo’o, Tahiti, French Polynesia: 22 – 31 May
  • Punta Roca, La Libertad, El Salvador: 6 – 15 June
  • Saquarema, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: 22 – 30 June
  • Cloudbreak, Tavarua, Fiji: 20 – 29 August

WSL Final 5 determined

  • WSL Finals: Lower Trestles, San Clemente, California, United States

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Surfer John John Florence on Becoming a Father Days Before Tahiti Pro Contest: 'Coolest Experience Ever' (Exclusive)

The two-time world champion and Olympic surfer welcomed his first baby just days before competing at one of the world's most 'powerful' waves, Teahupo'o

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John John Florence is hopping on a new wave: fatherhood.

On Tuesday, May 21, the two-time world champion surfer confirmed to PEOPLE that he is officially a dad. He welcomed his first child with his wife, Lauryn Cribb , just a few days ahead of the anticipated Tahiti Pro stop on the WSL Championship Tour.

"Yeah, we had our son a week and a half ago," Florence, 31, tells PEOPLE exclusively when asked if the hint on his Instagram meant the baby arrival was official. On May 16, he paired a surf video on Instagram with a lengthy caption that subtly mentioned the exciting news.

While the caption primarily explained the new YouTube video he posted to his channel, specifically breaking down his years-long documentation of the boards and fins he's used in different waves and conditions, he concluded his write up with an unexpected surprise. "Also, most importantly, this was my first dad surf!! Pretty stoked on that!" he wrote.

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The couple first announced they were expecting in December 2023. "We’re excited for our little baby boy to join us in May," the new mom wrote on Instagram alongside photos showing off her baby bump at the time.

Although Florence couldn't confirm the name of their little one just yet, he tells PEOPLE that he now feels "a lot lighter" because "everything just went so well." He explained, "I just went into the whole thing of being a dad really open-minded — and the moment it happened, it was just the coolest experience ever."

While Florence said he's "so happy" about the major family milestone, he was grappling with a new conflict that comes with doubling as a dad and pro surfer on the WSL Championship Tour. "It was really hard to leave home, actually, to come and do this," he admits.

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Florence is a Hawaii native who grew up on the North Shore, though has traveled the world to compete his entire life. Shortly after welcoming his son, the pro athlete packed his bags and jetted off to a different Polynesian island with his sight on clinching the 2024 Tahiti Pro title.

Taking place from May 22 to May 31 (though the first two days were called off due to an underwhelming forecast), the surf competition draws the best surfers from around the globe to compete on one of the most awe-inspiring waves on the planet: Teahupo'o.

"I would say it's one of the most powerful waves in the world," Florence explains of the famed Tahiti surf break, which also doubles as the 2024 Paris Summer Olympics surf venue. "But it's also one of the most machine-like waves in the world, in the sense that it's really similar every time when it's really good."

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The wave is equally consequential, however. "It's dangerous for a few reasons," says Florence. "One, it can get so big, it can handle so much swell and so much power. It doesn't really ever have a moment where it gets too big for the wave. It just keeps getting bigger."

The other reason is the reef. "It comes out of deep water and goes to this super shallow shelf — so when you have that kind of mix up of open ocean swells hitting a shallow shelf, it's just all raw energy hitting the shelf at once," he says. "So when you fall, it's a lot of power on a very shallow reef."

Florence, who's currently ranked No. 3 in the world and will rep Team USA in his second consecutive Games, is no stranger to this wave — nor to having memorable rides at past Tahiti Pros, either. A prime example is his heat in 2014 against 11-time world champion Kelly Slater — something that has arguably become " the greatest heat of all time ."

The Hawaii native surfed a near-identical performance to competitor Slater, with both athletes clinching close-to-perfect scores. In fact, Florence — who ultimately lost the contest against Slater, despite the heat ending in a draw — expressed to PEOPLE in 2023 his desire to take on the surf legend at the contest once again.

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"I've had a couple of heats against Kelly that've been amazing, and it would be incredible to have that rematch again," Florence said at the time. "I think it only counts, though, if the waves are as good as they were then... and it's big."

Though it didn't happen at the 2023 Tahiti Pro, Florence now tells PEOPLE a rematch with Slater — who's also soon to be a new dad — is still top of mind. "I'm still waiting for it," he says exactly one decade after the famed heat went down.

Florence placed seventh at the event last year — but this year, he knows what it takes to win. "You also have to be able to be somewhat fearless when it gets really big," he says. "You have to be 100% confident."

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Think professional surfing could be in your future, or are you trying to determine what it could mean as a parent?

You’re in the right spot; we will give you an honest snapshot of what it takes to become a professional surfer, including the good, the bad and the ugly.

Let’s dive straight in with one of pro surfing’s most sobering facts.

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You’ve Got To Start Early

All the surfers on the championship tour started surfing very young.

It may be harsh, but if you’re not surfing regularly by age 10, your chances of a professional career are minimal.

This isn’t so true if you want to become a big wave surfer.

Relying as much on bravery as it does on athletic skill, most advanced surfers can have a stab at successfully riding big waves.

But getting stuck in early is key if we’re talking about the high-performance acrobatics we see on the WSL.

Surf As Much As Possible

Part of becoming a pro relies on you spending as much time on a surfboard as humanely possible.

Yes, you need to mix in other forms of training, but there will never be a better way of improving your surfing than just surfing.

We’re talking onshore slop, massive storm surf, anything you can successfully paddle out in and even some stuff you can’t.

You never know what will happen during a comp, and developing your skills and all wave types will put you ahead of the game.

Surfing daily should be the goal, conditions provided, of course.

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Work With A Surf Photographer

You could be the best surfer in the world, but you’re just a local legend if you’re not getting clips or pics.

Your chances of getting Taylor Steele are fairly low, so family members and friends will have to do for now.

Chances are, if you’re surfing is doing the talking, you’ll get approached leaving the water at some point.

These guys and girls are your best friends.

Many make surf photography their passion, and if you’re a good subject, you can quickly get a dedicated photog on the beach covering your every wave.

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Find A Sponsor

Now you’ve got some good media circulating; your next task is to find a way into the surf industry.

This will come as sponsorship from one of the hundreds of different surf brands .

For groms, it normally starts with free clothing before moving on to boards, wetsuits, fins etc.

If you get enough exposure, you can work your way up to being paid to surf.

This is perfect for helping to enter comps and fund your training.

Travel To Surf

Your professional surfing career will take you worldwide, so surfing abroad is a must.

If you want to become a pro, you need to surf well in all types of waves, which means travelling.

We’re taking big waves, reeling point breaks , slabs and everything in between.

If your home waves are warm water, head to some cold water surfing destinations and get used to riding waves with a wetsuit.

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Next up is putting yourself into a competitive scenario to see how you stack up against other surfers your age.

Free surfing differs greatly from the pressure you feel when you have to rip in a time window with other surfers and priority rules.

You need to get yourself accustomed to all of the rules of surfing competitions and the different tactics you can use to win heats.

This’ll also give you a great idea of where your skill level sits compared to your competitors, and who knows, you might net some prize money.

Surf With Other Professional Surfers

Surfing with other sponsored surfers is a great way of challenging yourself and pushing it to the next level.

Pros are naturally competitive, and you’ll do your best surfing with other rippers.

The same’s true for big wave surfing, where you need the comradery to take on massive waves.

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Look After Your Physical & Mental Health

Surfing every day, and travelling the world, takes a toll on your body and your mind.

You’ll need some real mental fortitude if you want to go pro, from missed flights, last-minute accommodation, and dealing with losses.

Consider time away from the ocean, even if it’s just for a few days; this can help reset your mind and rally your willpower.

Next, we move on to the physical rigours of surfing every day.

From repetitive strains to torn ligaments, surfing is no joke regarding injuries.

Head over to our guide on surfing and injuries for a sobering look at what can go wrong on a surfboard.

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Consider A Coach

A surf coach can help digest your surfing in and out of competition and recommend steps for improvement.

This can vary from advice on form and technique to heat tactics and time management.

Better yet, they’re a friendly, reliable face in your corner which can give you the confidence you need to progress through comps.

If you can’t get your hands on a coach locally, you can use an online coach like OMBE Surf .

Start Building Your Brand

In previous years surfing skills formed the primary deciding factor in whether a surfer was a good fit for a sponsor.

But in today’s world of social media and endless content, providing a marketable brand has never been so important.

By brand, I mean personal brand; how do your audience and the general surfing world perceive you? Hell, do they even know you?

Building great social profiles will be an awesome start here, with the possibility of some extra money on the side if things go well.

Try to start networking with anyone in the surf industry, be friendly and approachable and don’t be afraid to introduce yourself to new people.

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Understand It’s A Hard Road To Become A Professional Surfer

Now we’ve covered what you need to do; we need to talk about the harsh reality of trying to make a living out of surfing.

Thousands of surfers think they can make it to the world stage.

But in reality, there are less than 50 men and women that actually surf on the CT.

And some of them aren’t even rocking stickers on the nose of their surfboards.

The industry as a whole isn’t spending a lot of money, and it doesn’t look like changing anytime soon.

Don’t let me dissuade you, but understand that this is not an easy road in life despite appearing like a dream come true for the majority.

Now we’ve covered the nitty gritty, let’s jump into the Internet’s most pressing questions about going pro.

How much do aspiring pro surfers get paid?

As an aspiring pro, you might only get free gear, but if you’re lucky, you could get north of $1000 per month from the right sponsor. 

How much can a pro surfer make?

This varies so much with global stars like Slater and Medina worth well into the millions, but some surfers on tour and completely self-funded, with William Cardoso and Ian Gentil being perfect examples.

Can you still go pro at 30 years old?

Realistically, no. By 30, you’re already on the way down in terms of physical fitness, and while Kelly Slater may still be surfing into his 50s, he started at a very young age.

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Tahiti Pro : le 1er tour devrait être lancé samedi à Teahupoo

La nouvelle tour des juges et la vague de Teahupoo en fond. (M. Dunbar/World surf league)

La Tahiti Pro, 6e manche du circuit pro, est de nouveau off ce vendredi mais devrait débuter ce samedi sur la mythique vague de Teahupoo.

Sixième manche de la saison régulière du circuit pro, la Tahiti Pro a démarré par deux jours off, mercredi et jeudi. Et, comme cela été prévisible, elle va enchaîner abec une troisième journée sans compétition. Une belle houle doit arriver sur le spot de Teahupoo vendredi après-midi, ce qui laisse penser que le round 1, sans doute du tableau féminin, pourrait être lancé samedi matin, sur les coups de 7h05 heure locale (19h05 en Métropole)... en attendant de grosses conditions annoncées pour la semaine prochaine.

Pour rappel, trois Français sont en lice - Johanne Defay, Vahine Fierro et Mihimana Braye ( le vainqueur des trials ) - pour cette étape du Championship Tour qui sert également de test event avant l'épreuve de surf des JO de Paris, fin juillet.

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At the SHISEIDO Tahiti Pro, the remaining surfers on the Championship Tour look to sharpen their positioning in the race for the Final 5.

USA's defending World Champ, Caroline Marks, and Brazil's 3x World Champ, Gabriel Medina, are both sitting lower on the rankings than

The GOAT Kelly Slater, 5x World Champ Carissa Moore, local legends Vahine Fierro and Mihimana Braye return to the 2024 SHISEIDO Tahiti Pro

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Ronnie, Flick, and Richie break down the latest rankings shake-ups as Jack Robinson wins another CT at home and Gabriela Bryan breaks

The women took on Teahupo'o in 2023 and continued to raise the bar for women's surfing. Gear up for the 2024 SHISEIDO Tahiti Pro presented

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805 born and bred professional surfer Sage Erickson joins the Cold Beer Surf Club. Sage discusses life post the Championship Tour, and

The Cold Beer Surf Club welcomes in guest Chris Malloy, surfer, filmmaker, and one-third of one of surfing's most notable families.

Welcome to the Cold Beer Surf Club. Your host is none other than pro surfer, musician, gardener, boat owner, Santa Barbara lifer, and 805

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Since it hosted the first Championship Tour event ever in 1976, Sunset Beach has long stood as an old-school test of power surfing. And

After two events in paradise, the Championship Tour turns up the heat with a cold water clash in Portugal. Before an iconic European

Bells Beach means Australian surfing heritage. As one of the sport's longest-running events, it's an old-school test of power and

The Championship Tour heads to Western Australia for stop number 5, where the World's best look to battle it out at the Western Australia

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Before the next Championship Tour stop in Margaret River, Australia, Kelly takes some time to explore all the natural attractions that the

In Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Kelly experiences the biggest crowds and most passionate fans on tour. As he battles through another superheat

In Jeffreys Bay, South Africa, Kelly fights to clear his mind and focus on the fun of surfing. That challenge proves tougher than expected

Kelly heads to Teahupoo, Tahiti, a place he's won five events at in his legendary career. Though he reconnects with the amazing people, the

Kelly returns to Miyazaki, Japan for the first time since 1990 to compete with Team USA for a spot in the upcoming Olympics. The uncrowded

The next Championship Tour event is in the Lemoore, California at the Surf Ranch, a man-made wave Kelly designed.

When the tour moves on to Europe, Kelly reconnects with one of his oldest and closest friends.

In the finale, Kelly arrives on the North Shore of Oahu earlier than usual and decides to surf the Triple Crown.

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Monrovia- Robertsports – Grand Cape Mount County will be the place of attraction when international Surfing stars come together to compete in the African surfing Tour.

By: Christopher C Walker [email protected] 0777898224/0886723075

The competition is organized by the Liberian Surfing Association and African Surfing Confederation.

It is hosted under the theme’ “Africa Tour 24 Surf to Rise, Surf’s Up, Liberia! Join the Wave.”

According to the organizers, the weeklong international event will kick off today May 23 with over 20 athletes battling to secure qualifications for the Olympics games in France.

The president of the Liberia Surfing federation Naquetta Ricks said they learned about the Africa Surfing tour which is a new event in Africa at the beginning of 2024.

Ghana was the designated location for the 2024 African surfing Tour but due to some technical reasons they couldn’t and Liberian took advantage of the inability to host the event.

Madam Ricks said they have always dreamt about an athlete from Liberia representing the country at the Olympics in surfing and thought it was a good opportunity to showcase Liberia to the world in surfing.

“This event came about because the African Surfing Confederation got recognized by the international Surfing Association,” Ricks said.

According to her, the tour is a way of giving athletes the chance to qualify for the Olympics games.

Speaking on Intel Sports program, “Talk Sports,” Madam Ricks said she is hopeful Liberians can take advantage of the competition to qualify for the Olympics in 2026 and the world Surfing tour.

She said the sport is a billion dollars industry but in Africa it is a little known sport. However, she believes that with more support, Liberia can make a name in the world because the country has one of the top surfing destinations in the world.

“We have over ten Liberians who will be competing in the tour and we are optimistic that they will come out with flying colors for the country, most especially when the competition is taking place in Liberia.”

“Our guys are ready for this competition and have been training for months, this is a good chance to make history in this new sport,” Madam Ricks said.

She told the program that over 20 foreign athletes will be competing in the competition that will qualify the winners for the Olympics games.

When asked about the financial struggle that comes with hosting such a tournament, the Liberia Surfing federation president who is also a representative of the state of Colorado in the United States of America said they have a budget of over one hundred and twenty thousand United States dollars to take care of and are trying to work in it.

She admitted that the Ministry of Youth and Sports has been supportive of the competition and is sure in the future the sports will be given some support by the government.

The competition will begin on the 23- 28 and will also show the tourism part of Liberia which will bring about economic benefits to the people of Grand Cape Mount County.

Madam Ricks disclosed that Liberia has several good sites for Surfing including Maryland, Grand Bassa and Sinoe counties.

She is therefore calling on Liberians to Support their Local Surfers as they compete on home Waves in such international contests.

Surfing is a surface water sport in which an individual, a surfer (or two in tandem surfing), uses a board to ride on the forward section, or face, of a moving wave of water, which usually carries the surfer towards the shore. Waves suitable for surfing are primarily found on ocean shores, but can also be found in standing waves in the open ocean, in lakes, in rivers in the form of a tidal bore, or in wave pools.

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The term surfing refers to a person riding a wave using a board, regardless of the stance. There are several types of boards. The Moche of Peru would often surf on reed craft, while the native peoples of the Pacific surfed waves on alaia, paipo, and other such watercraft. Ancient cultures often surfed on their belly and knees, while the modern-day definition of surfing most often refers to a surfer riding a wave standing on a surfboard; this is also referred to as stand-up surfing.

Another prominent form of surfing is bodyboarding, where a surfer rides the wave on a bodyboard, either lying on their belly, drop knee (one foot and one knee on the board), or sometimes even standing up on a bodyboard. Other types of surfing include knee boarding, surf matting (riding inflatable mats) and using foils. Body surfing, in which the wave is caught and ridden using the surfer’s own body rather than a board, is very common and is considered by some surfers to be the purest form of surfing.

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Taylor Swift’s Dress Malfunction At The Eras Tour Is Going Viral

She handled it like a pro.

Taylor Swift performing at the Eras Tour.

Not even an onstage wardrobe malfunction can trip up Taylor Swift. During the final night of her Eras Tour in Stockholm, Sweden, a fan filmed a TikTok of the singer pausing the show to tend to an issue with her blue wrap dress — a potentially large mishap, which she handled with grace.

In the now-viral clip, Swift encouraged fans to “talk amongst yourselves” as she walked over to her piano and appeared to struggle with her outfit. Luckily for her, a crew member arrived just in time to help the singer unravel part of the garment. In that moment, fans got a glimpse of Swift’s gold bra top, which she wears during the Tortured Poets Department segment of the show.

After successfully fixing her outfit, Swift smiled at the thousands of cheering fans and sat at her piano to resume the concert.

The singer’s legion of Swifties soon praised her quick handling of the situation online. “Even when there's a malfunction she's adorable,” one fan commented on TikTok . “She’s such a professional!” another wrote.

“We seriously need an errors tour documentary after the end of all the shows,” one user also joked, referring to a string of viral Eras Tour mishaps Swift has dealt with since the beginning of her global tour.

Taylor Swift has a dress malfunction at the Eras Tour and it's going viral on TikTok.

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During one of her Eras Tour concerts in Tokyo, Japan, Swift nearly suffered a fall. “I almost fell off the Folklore cabin,” she told the crowd. “But I didn't and that's the lesson.” In a TikTok that captured the near-accident , she also joked that her “life flashed before my eyes.”

Swift grappled with another wardrobe malfunction while performing “Anti-Hero” at her Tampa Eras Tour concert in April 2023. As she (ironically) belted out the lyrics, “I end up in crisis,” her bejeweled purple garter broke and began slipping. However, Swift successfully shook it off and finished the show in style.

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On day to go low, Green and Bland shoot 7-under 64s to lead Senior PGA at Harbor Shores

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BENTON HARBOR, Mich. — What could be the final KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship started Thursday with a Shootout at the Jack Nicklaus Corral — Harbor Shores.

When a wonderful day for scoring — clear, cool skies with little wind — was done and the sun was setting over Lake Michigan, 50 of the 155 players in the field for the year’s second major for the 50-and-over crowd shot under par 71 at the 6,970-yard Nicklaus design. Two unexpected golfers — Australian left-hander Richard Green and England’s Richard Bland — shared the overnight lead at seven-under 64.

“I think we had as good a day as we’re going to have this week,” said the 53-year-old Green, who is 26 th  on the PGA Champions Tour with $305,353, after his morning round which included an eagle on the 582-yard, par-5 fifth hole, six birdies (three in a row starting at No. 9) and just one hiccup, a bogey at the 410-yard sixth. “As good a day as you’re going to get really this close to Lake Michigan.”

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The 6-foot-4 Green, a former “Sweet Sixteen” qualifier in the 1992 Western Amateur down the road at Point O’Woods, will get no argument from the 51-year-old Bland who was playing in his inaugural PGA Champions Tour event and has spent on the LIV Tour.

“It’s nice to start the senior career with 7-under,” Bland said after his round which started with a five-under 30 on the back nine with birdies at 11, 12 and 18 and an eagle at the 538-yard 15 th  hole before he birdied Nos. 5 and 6 on the front before scrambling for pars at Nos. 8 and 9. 

“There’s still a long way to go,” Bland quickly added. “We’re all here, we’ve been around the block enough. All it is is a good start.”

Green and Bland were two strokes ahead of five golfers, including defending KitchenAid Senior PGA champion Steve Stricker, who at one point was tied for the morning lead at seven-under but double-bogeyed the par-4, 425-yard 16 th  hole.

Stricker settled for a morning round of five-under 66 matched by Canadian lefthander Mike Weir and South Korea’s K.J. Choi. In the afternoon, they were joined by Iowa club professional Jeff Schmid and Scott Dunlap, who bogeyed the 570-yard, par-5 ninth or he would have had third by himself.

There were another five golfers who shot four-under 67s – Fiji’s Vijay Singh and Japan’s Katsumasa Miyamoto, Northern Ireland’s Darren Clarke and Americans Brian Gay and Stewart Cink. 

The 55-year-old Clarke, who won the 2011 Open Championship and often shows his Irish emotions, knew the Nicklaus design was there for the taking Thursday and made sure he did in a round which included five birdies and just one hiccup, a bogey at the 416-yard 12 th .

“The golf course is great — tests all aspects of your game,” said Clarke, who called himself “a mental midget” and shared a laugh. “But I was pretty calm today. It’s one of those courses that patience is required. If I’m not wrong, I hit every club in my bag. Not all golf courses ask you to do that. This one does.”

The 51-year-old Cink, still seeking his first victory as a senior, was paired in a featured morning threesome with Stricker and England’s Paul Broadhurst, the 2018 champion here with a record 19-under 265 score. After starting with a bogey at the first hole, Cink eagled the 582-yard fifth, birdied the sixth and then eagled the 570-yard ninth on his way to a 67.

“I hit some beautiful second shots on the par 5s and was able to get inside 10 feet for two eagle putts and made them both,” said Cink, who finished tied for third with Stricker in their last senior major, the Regions Tradition, two Sundays ago.

Stricker, who hasn’t won in his last seven starts on the senior circuit, had seven birdies in his first official 15 holes at Harbor Shores with daughter Bobbi carrying his clubs. But a poor tee shot at the par-4, 425-yard 16 th  cost him dearly.

“You know you have to commit to a lot of things out here, and a lot of shots that may make you feel a little uncomfortable,” Stricker said. “(I) put a bad swing on it at 16, hit it into the penalty area. And (that) then should have been a bogey at worst but messed up the second shot there, too. All in all, a good day — seven birdies, putted well, gave myself some opportunities, and it was a good start.” 

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Among those who will need to play better Friday to make the low 70 and ties who make it to the weekend play (there are 84 golfers at one-over or better) are Germany’s Bernhard Langer and Ireland’s Padraig Harrington.

The 66-year-old Langer, who is just 3½ months removed from Achilles tendon surgery and had the use of a cart, opened with a three-over 74 and was tied for 98 th  with Harrington, who is playing with a stiff neck. They were one shot ahead of Broadhurst, who shot 75 on his arthritic ankle which also required a cart.

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