The World Surf League (WSL) is a governing body that oversees professional surfing contests.
It hosts a tour each year and has live broadcasts of the surfing competitions it hosts as it displays some of the top surfers in the world. As a global organization, the league was established in 1976 and currently has its headquarters in Santa Monica, California. The organization has regional offices in Latin America, North America, EMEA, and the Asia Pacific.
Who Runs The WSL?
The WSL hosts tours and events throughout the year with best surfers in the world in 180 different contests globally. The organization is based on rich heritage of surfing and promotes performance, innovation, and progression with its events and broadcasts.
Since June 2020, Erik Logan has held the position of CEO of the World Surf League. He’s considered to be a world-class media executive and has actively been involved in the surfing world.
The World Surf League’s leadership team consists of: Cherie C., the Chief Revenue Officer, Richard R., the Senior Vice President of Digital, and Dave P., the Senior Vice President of Global Brand Identity.
Who Owns The World Surfing League?
The World Surfing League was acquired by ZoSea in 2013 when it was the Association of Surfing Professionals.
How To Watch The World Surf League
Surfing fans can watch World Surf League events by downloading the Facebook video app on a smart TV by searching for “WSL Live.” This app is available on different platforms like Android TV, Amazon Fire, Apple TV, XBOX TV, and Samsung TV. You also have the option of streaming the app on your phone and putting it on your television.
You can also watch it on the CBS Sports Network if you have cable or satellite television. CBS offers more than 40 hours of coverage as the top surfers in the world compete.
Where Is The World Surf League Headquartered?
The World Surf League is headquartered in Santa Monica, California in the U.S. The headquarters are in an old 10,000-foot warehouse where 50 full-time employees work.
The headquarters were previously located in Melbourne, Australia before moving to the U.S. The new offices are only a few feet from the water, allowing the employees to spend time surfing when they’re not working. The office is also where the employees spend their time when they’re not traveling to surf competitions. In the office, photos of professional surfers line the walls and surfboards are used as decor items. They hang from the ceiling and rest on some of the walls. All the decor in each room of the headquarters embraces the laidback surf culture, but is still refined.
The league has regional offices located in different parts of the world, including Asia Pacific, North America, Latin America, and EMEA.
How Long Do World Surf League Events Take?
Each World Surf League contest is a few hours long, depending on the number of surfers present and the weather conditions. The competitions are often over the course of several days in specific locations throughout the world at different times of the year.
Each surfer is given 20 to 30 minutes in a heat to find the best waves to catch to show off their capabilities and performance during the competitions. They’re rated for each wave they catch on a 10-point scale. A panel of judges is present at each event, and they only take the top two waves into account. This allows each participant to be awarded rated out of 20 points, which determines how well they rank amongst the other surfers.
How To Find World Surf League Stats
The World Surf League stats are located on their website and help to determine the likelihood of the surfers that will win each competition.
Where Is The World Surf League Schedule?
The World Surf League schedule includes:
- Banzai Pipeline, Oahu, Hawaii from December 8th to the 20th.
- From April 1st to the 11th it will be in Newcastle, New South Wales, and Australia.
- April 16th to the 26th will be in Narrabeen, New South Wales, and Australia.
- From May 2nd to the 12th the league will move to Margaret River, Western Australia, and Australia.
- May May 16th to the 26th will be in Rottnest Island, Western Australia, and Australia.
- From June 25th to the 27th it will be in Lemoore, California, United States.
- The league will then move to Barra de la Cruz, Oaxaca, Mexico from July 5th to the 15th.
- August 11th to the 16th will be in Saquarema, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
- The WSL will be in Teahupo’o, Tahiti, French Polynesia from August 22th to September 1st
- They will end their schedule for the year in San Clemente, California, United States from September 8th to the 17th.
Who Won The WSL 2021?
Carissa Moore and Ítalo Ferreira both won the World Surf League in 2021 and are currently the defending champions.