The 2018 New Era Rookie Class stands in sharp contrast to the 2017 crew, which featured an eclectic mix of global talent, including the European next wave. Next year's list has a more traditional look, albeit it's dominated by five Brazilians (and two of those surfers have been grinding it out on the Qualifying Series for a number of years). A pair of Californians from San Clemente jump on board (bringing the bear flag state's CT total to five), while Australia adds just one new face next year. Of the eight new faces on next year's Championship Tour, seven are New Era Rookies.
Due in large part to the retirement of two long-time Tour veterans, Australia loses five surfers from the CT next year. Unfortunately for the Brazilian contingent, they'll lose four of their most popular surfers on Tour. California and Italy both lose a single representative.