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How to Watch: Starting July

How to Watch

When will the transition to Facebook take place?
Starting during the Corona Open J-Bay (July 2 - 16) and continuing throughout the 2018/19 season, the WSL Live Experience can be viewed for free exclusively on Facebook Mobile & App. The WSL Live experience on desktop can still be viewed on www.worldsurfleague.com.

How Can I Watch WSL Events?

Desktop
Watch on WSL
Visit worldsurfleague.com and watch the WSL Live experience.

Watch on Facebook
1) Launch your web browser and navigate to www.facebook.com
2) Log-in to Facebook
3) Once logged in, search for "WSL Live"
4) Follow the "WSL Live" show page to receive updates

Mobile
From Facebook on Mobile:
1) Download and/or launch the Facebook app on your phone or tablet device
2) Search for "WSL Live"
3) Follow the "WSL Live" show page to receive updates

From WSL on Mobile:
1) Download and/or launch the WSL app on your phone or tablet device
2) Click through to the event live stream and you'll be automatically directed to the WSL Live stream if you're logged in on the Facebook App.

Can I stream WSL live events to my TV?
You can stream WSL Live events through Facebook TV or the Connected Device App, by following the below steps:

  • Download the Facebook video app on your smart TV or streaming device and search for "WSL Live." The Facebook Video App is available on Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Android TV, Samsung TV, & XBOX TV.
  • Alternatively, stream an event from your phone to a TV on the same wifi network by tapping the (TV) icon.

Do I need to be logged in to Facebook to watch?
You must be logged into Facebook to view WSL Live events on mobile and connected devices. You do not need to be logged in to watch live events via desktop on worldsurfleague.com.

What happens if I don't have a Facebook account?

1) Go to www.facebook.com
2) Enter your name, email or mobile phone number, password, date of birth and gender
3) Click Create an Account
4) To finish creating your account, you need to confirm your email or mobile phone number
Note: you must be at least 13 years old to create a Facebook account.

Alternatively, go to worldsurfleague.com for WSL Live Experience on desktop

Which WSL events are available on Facebook?

Below is the current available schedule for WSL live events on Facebook:

2018 World Surf League (WSL) Men's Championship Tour:

  • Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast, Australia - March 11 - 22, 2018
  • Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach, Australia - March 28 - April 8, 2018
  • Margaret River Pro, Australia - April 11 - 22, 2018
  • Oi Rio Pro, Brasil - May 10 - 19, 2018
  • Bali Pro, Indonesia - May 27 - June 9, 2018
  • Corona Open J-Bay, South Africa - July 2 - 13, 2018
  • Tahiti Pro Teahupo'o, Tahiti - August 10 - 21, 2018
  • Surf Ranch Lemoore, California/USA. September 5 - 9, 2018
  • Quiksilver Pro France, France - October 3 - 14, 2018
  • MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal, Portugal - October 16 - 27, 2018
  • Billabong Pipe Masters, Hawaii/USA - December 8 - 20, 2018

2018 World Surf League (WSL) Women's Championship Tour:

  • Roxy Pro Gold Coast, Australia - March 11 - 22, 2018
  • Rip Curl Women's Pro Bells Beach, Australia - March 28 - April 8, 2018
  • Margaret River Pro, Australia - April 11 - 22, 2018
  • Oi Rio Pro, Brasil - May 10 - 19, 2018
  • Bali Pro, Indonesia - May 27 - June 9, 2018
  • Corona Open J-Bay, South Africa - July 10 - 17, 2018
  • Vans US Open of Surfing, USA - July 30 - August 5, 2018
  • Surf Ranch Lemoore, California/USA. September 5 - 9, 2018
  • Roxy Pro France, France - October 3 - 14, 2018
  • Hawaii Women's Pro, Hawaii/USA - November 25 - December 6, 2018

2018 World Surf League (WSL) Big Wave Tour Events, October 15, 2018 - February 28, 2019

  • Mavericks Challenge
  • Pe'ahi Challenge
  • Nazarรฉ Challenge

2018 World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series 10,000 Events:

  • Ballito Pro pres by Billabong, June 25 - July 01
  • Vans US Open of Surfing, July 30 - August 5
  • EDP Billabong Pro Cascais, September 24 - 30
  • Hang Loose Pro, October 30 - November 4
  • Hawaiian Pro, November 12 - 24
  • Vans World Cup, November 25 - December 06

2018 World Surf League (WSL) World Junior Tour

  • World Junior Championships, January 04 - 12, 2019

Please check the WSL Live page for updates to the schedule here.

What's new on the WSL Facebook Live stream?
A lot! Facebook and World Surf League are committed to delivering the same free viewing experience that you're used to from worldsurfleague.com. The new experience on Facebook includes:

  • Heat winners, scores, and round information on mobile & app
  • Optional live chat
  • Mobile-friendly broadcast graphics
  • New interactive features that will bring you closer to the action

How can I be notified when events are live?
There are a couple of ways to be notified when It's On:

Viewing Experience

How does the live chat work?
On the WSL Live Page, fans from around the globe can chat in the comments section during the live event stream. The live chat is situated right in the WSL Live stream platform.

How do I hide Live Chat and reactions on the WSL Live Page?

  1. Computer/Desktop

    • To hide comments and reactions in a live video you're watching on your computer, hover over the live video, then click on the quiet mode button. Click on the quiet mode button again to bring back comments and reactions.
    • Fans can also maximize the live broadcast to fullscreen to remove all interactions and minimize to bring all the reactions/comments back.
  2. Mobile
    • To hide comments and reactions in a live video you're watching, swipe right across the screen. Swipe left to bring them back again. Or tap the screen to bring up the quiet mode button, which you can tap to hide comments and reactions and tap again to bring them back.

Are there multiple language streams? Yes, WSL Live events on Facebook can be watched with English, Spanish and Portuguese commentary.

Will I be able to view the full scoring page on Facebook?
Yes, heat winners, scores and round information will be available on the WSL Live page on Facebook on mobile and app. Heat winners, scores, and round information will be available on desktop on the WSL Live Experience on worldsurfleague.com.

I just turned the stream on, can I rewind it and watch from the beginning?
Yes, stream rewind is available while watching WSL Live events on Facebook.

WSL Supplemental Features

Where can I watch the event replay or highlights?
The event replay and event highlights can be found at the worldsurfleague.com Watch tab or on the WSL App.

Will the full scoring page still exist on worldsurfleague.com?
Yes, the scores page will still be available on worldsurfleague.com

Will the Heat Analyzer still be available?
The Heat Analyzer for each event will still be available on worldsurfleague.com

Can I still play WSL Fantasy Surfing?
Absolutely! Access to WSL Fantasy Surfing will not be interrupted with the live stream transition to Facebook. You'll still be able to access Fantasy Surfing on worldsurfleague.com or on the WSL App.

Additional Support

Facebook is blocked on the network I'm on. Is there another way I can watch WSL Live Events?
Facebook is the exclusive platform for WSL Live broadcasts. If you are unable to connect to Facebook through desktop or mobile, sign up for notifications on worldsurfleague.com to watch the complete on-demand replay following each day's event.

What does Facebook do with my personal information?
If you sign up to Facebook to watch WSL Live, any information Facebook receives is governed by Facebook's Data Policy. You can also visit and use Privacy Shortcuts, a Facebook menu where you can control your data in just a few taps, with clear explanations of how those controls work.

WSL is committed to ensuring the data protection and privacy of its fans. If you have any questions, please contact WSL at support@worldsurfleague.com.

Who do I contact regarding technical issues on Facebook?
If you need technical support for Facebook, please contact Facebook support at https://www.facebook.com/help/.

How can I provide my feedback?
If you have feedback, please contact support@worldsurfleague.com.

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