Industry and event happenings
19-year-old Saffi Vette of Gisborne has claimed an emotional national title at Piha today, bringing much of the surfing community present to tears as she exited the water. Vette was joined by Raglan’s Billy Stairmand who broke his own record to claim an eighth title in the Men’s Division.
Saffi Vette wins Open Women’s Division and claims national title at 2021 New Zealand National Surfing Championships at Piha, Auckland, NZ, January 16, 2021.
The World Surf League (WSL) is excited to announce that the future of the Margaret River Pro has been secured through to at least 2024 after a new agreement was signed between WSL and the Western Australian Government through Tourism Western Australia.
Two-times WSL World Champion John John Florence is over the moon that the Margaret River Pro is secured on the WSL Championship Tour until at least 2024.
In a historic day for surfing, Tyler Wright (AUS) won the Maui Pro presented by ROXY, the first women’s World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT) competition to ever take place at the legendary Banzai Pipeline on Oahu’s North Shore. John John Florence (HAW) fulfilled his lifelong dream of winning the Billabong Pipe Masters presented by Hydro Flask at his home break in the esteemed competition's 50th edition.
Tyler Wright (AUS) is the first woman to win a competition at Banzai Pipeline on the WSL CT and is also the first surfer to wear the Progress Pride Flag on her jersey. At Maui Pro presented by ROXY, Banzai Pipeline, Oahu, Hawaii/USA, December 20, 2020.
The Black Yeti wants to reassure everyone that he has many programs for 2021 among the snowboard, freeski and skate projects, but the Covid health emergency does not allow to communicate precise info for the first months of 2021. Despite this, there's some confirmed and some postponed events that can be viewed in the World Rookie Tour's online calendar.
The 15th edition of World Rookie Fest in Livigno, at Mottolino Snowpark, Italy, on January 14, 2020. Pictured: Mia Brooks (GBR) who finished 1st in Grom Girls category that year.
The kickoff to the World Surf League (WSL) 2021 Championship Tour (CT) is days away and the WSL's official Fantasy Surfing game is now live. With the Maui Pro presented by ROXY opening this Friday, Dec. 4, and the Billabong Pipe Masters in Memory of Andy Irons presented by Hydro Flask opening Tuesday, Dec. 8, there are only a few days left to register for WSL CT Fantasy. In addition to more new features, WSL CT Fantasy now combines the men's and women's teams. Register now to select your picks to be in the running for the 2021 CT season.
Italo Ferreira competing during Billabong Pipe Masters 2019.
The first extra-large swell of the fall season is slamming into the northwest shores of the Hawaiian islands this week as the world’s top women surfers arrive on the Valley Isle for the start of the Maui Pro presented by ROXY, and the kickoff to the 2021 World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT). Today at Honolua Bay, top contenders expressed their excitement for the start of the new CT after the 2020 tour was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The holding period for the 2020 Maui Pro presented by ROXY opens on December 4. The first call will be at 7.30am local time (5.30pm UTC).
The World Surf League (WSL) today announced the 2021 regional events calendar, including the Qualifying Series (QS), Junior Tour, and Longboard Tour.
European Qualifiers for the Challenger Series will be decided at the final European qualifying event in Anglet.
Hawaii’s Bettylou Sakura Johnson Awarded Maui Pro Wildcard. Maui Pro Heat Draw and Surf Forecast Detailed Below.
Bettylou Sakura Johnson has been awarded the wildcard for the Maui Pro presented by ROXY.
It was a full day of grom-fueled stoke unaffected by Mother Nature’s ability to throw a mixed bag of both surf and weather conditions around Legian Beach yesterday, where some 90 plus kids came from all over Bali to join in and compete for fun, prizes and new surfboards from Warner and Channel Islands.
Boys Podium at Padma Boys Game Day Grom Event at Legian Beach in Bali, Indonesia, November 29, 2020.
The world’s top female surfers will gather next week on the Valley Isle for the start of the 2021 World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT) as the 12-day waiting period for the Maui Pro presented by ROXY at Honolua Bay begins on Friday, December 4.
Carissa Moore at Honolua Bay, Maui, Hawaii, December 2019.
The new Red Bull TV series "Life of Kai" will offer a behind-the-scenes look at the imagination, athleticism and bravery it takes to be Kai Lenny, the iconic Hawaiian big-waver surfer and environmentalist.
Kai Lenny prepares to hydrofoil in the Maldives in August 2019.
The International Surfing Association (ISA) has today announced that the 2021 Surf City El Salvador World Surfing Games will take place May 29th – June 6th at two world-class locations in El Salvador: La Bocana and El Sunzal.
El Sunzal will host one of the two podiums for the 2021 World Surfing Games.
The World Surf League (WSL) today announced Lower Trestles, CA will be the location of the WSL Finals in September 2021.
The first-ever WSL Finals, a new single-day World title Competition, will be held in Trestles, California, with a waiting period September 8 - 17, 2021. Pictured: Lakey Peterson.
Congrats are in order to the first-ever Brazilian champion of the Surf Web Series (SWS): Thiago Camarão from São Paulo made surfing history this weekend defeating former WCT surfer Ian Gouveia, from Pernambuco based in São Sebastião (SP), in the virtual final of 51 Ice E-Pro Brasil presented by Curta+Floripa.
Sending in his best clips from home in Maresias, Thiago Camarão won the inaugural Surf Web Series event in Brazil.
After two epic Australian Grand Slam of Surfing events saw professional competition return to the ocean, the World Surf League (WSL) is excited to announce the winners of the series along with their chosen charities. The two events were part of The WSL Countdown, a global series of pre-season charitable events with the official waiting period coming to an end on October 31.
Isabella Nichols, Mikey Wright and Ethan Ewing (pictured) are the champions of the Australian Gran Slam of Surfing charity series with $40,000 AUD prize money going to the charities of their choice.
The world’s best big wave surfers are back on call as the holding period for the Nazaré Tow Surfing Challenge officially opened today, November 2, 2020.
The gigantic Nazaré surf awaits the world’s biggest chargers.
Conor Maguire has taken the surfing world by storm in recent years and he was quick to take up the opportunity of a lifetime when the aftermath of Hurricane Epsilon gave rise to 60ft waves off the coast of his native Ireland.
Conor Maguire experienced epic surfing conditions in Mullaghmore, Ireland on October 28, 2020. The dramatic conditions with waves reaching up to 60 feet off the Irish West Coast were caused by a rare weather occurrence which was caused by Hurricane Epsilon.
The 2020 Mallipo Surfing Championship event, the first professional competition in Korean surfing history, was held on the 23rd of October at Mallipo Beach in Taean, in the province of South Chungcheong at Mallipo Beach with four divisions of surfing; Men’s and Women’s Shortboard and Longboards.
One of the first champions crowned by Korea Surf League, at the 2020 Mallipo Surfing Championship event, at Mallipo Beach in Taean, South Korea, October 23.
ESPN and X Games announced today that this Thursday, October 22 will be X Games Shred Hate Day, which focuses on engaging fans, athletes and partners across the world through social and digital engagement in order to raise awareness about choosing kindness during Bullying Prevention Month.
X Games' Shred Hate pledge.
In competitive longboarding’s return to the World Surf League (WSL), Soleil Errico and Justin Quintal have won the Cuervo Surf Ranch Classic. The Cuervo Surf Ranch Classic, a WSL specialty event, was held under stadium lights at the Surf Ranch and is now available to stream on WorldSurfLeague.com.
Justin Quintal and Soleil Errico celebrate their wins at the inaugural Cuervo Surf Ranch Classic at the Surf Ranch in Lemoore, California, USA, October 2, 2020.
Once competition resumes, twenty-year-old João Chianca (BRA) has high expectations for earning a spot on the World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT). In 2019, the younger brother of big wave charger Lucas “Chumbo” Chianca (BRA) earned the title as the WSL Latin America Regional Champion. In 2020, he was off to a torrid start after finishing runner-up at the QS5000 Volcom Pipe Pro and was competing at the last high-level Qualifying Series (QS) events in Australia before the season was cancelled.
João Chianca victorious at the 2019 QS3000 Heroes de Mayo Iquique Pro in Chile, in May 2019.
Edouard Delpero (FRA) and Alice Lemoigne (FRA) have won the Longboard Pro Espinho today, claiming the victory over Benoit Carpentier (FRA) and Zoe Grospiron (FRA) respectively, in clean two-to-three foot waves peeling off the break wall at Praia da Baia.
The winners of the Longboard Pro Espinho and 2020 European Longboard Titles, at Praia da Baia, Espinho, Portugal, October 11, 2020.
The Junior Pro Espinho wrapped up today with the victories of Kauli Vaast (FRA) and Janire Gonzalez Etxabarri (ESP), claiming the prestigious European Junior title for the 2020 season.
The two winners of the Junior Pro Espinho and the European junior titles, Kauli Vaast and Janire Gonzalez Etxabarri, at Praia da Baia, Espinho, Portugal, Friday, October 9, 2020.
Mikey Wright and Isabella Nichols have taken epic wins at the Boost Mobile Pro Gold Coast in pumping surf at South Stradbroke Island. The pair had to overcome a field of some of Australia’s best surfers in four-to-six foot waves to claim victory in the second event of the World Surf League (WSL) Australian Grand Slam of Surfing.
Isabella Nichols and Mikey Wright have claimed victory at The Boost Mobile Pro Gold Coast at South Stradbroke Island, Gold Coast, QLD, Australia, October 7.