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2019 WSL Championship Tour Calendars Released

Today the WSL released the 2019 calendars for the men's and women's Championship Tour. This year has seen a generational shift on Tour with new stars emerging and staking their claim at some of the best waves in the world.

"The WSL Championship Tour is home to the world's best surfing," Sophie Goldschmidt, WSL CEO, said. "We have an international field of men's and women's surfers and a global tour of the world's best waves in some of the most idyllic locations on the planet. Working with our many stakeholders, we've shifted the start of the season from March to April, increasing the off-season for the world's best surfers to recover and continue to push the boundaries of high performance surfing in 2019."

Massive crowd first thing in the morning as Round Two of the =2017 Billabong Pipe Masters gets underway at Pipe, Hawaii, USA. The men's Championship Tour will conclude at Pipeline in 2019. WSL / Kelly Cestari

"Very pleased to announce a healthy and diverse 2019 schedule to challenge the world's best surfers throughout the year," Kieren Perrow, WSL Commissioner, said. "This level has to be the proving ground and the platform for the advancement of the world's best surfing and we're very happy with where it's at next season."

Once again returning to world-class venues from Australia to Indonesia, Brazil, South Africa, North America, French Polynesia, Europe and Hawaii, a key change in the 2019 CT calendar is the breakup for the three-event Australia leg with a break following the Gold Coast and Bells Beach events before recommencing with the Bali event and returning to Margaret River as the fourth stop of the season.

"Margaret River has been a key stop on the CT for several seasons now and we had the unique and unfortunate circumstance of having to cancel this season's event due to aggressive shark activity in the area," Perrow said. "Working with our surfers, event partners and the local community, we've moved the dates of the Margaret River event later in the year to improve the pacing of the season as well as ensure the best chance for world-class conditions at all breaks."

2019 Men's Championship Tour Schedule:

Gold Coast Men's Pro: April 3 - 13, 2019
Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach: April 17 - 27, 2019
Bali Pro: May 13 - 24, 2019
Margaret River Pro: May 27 - June 7, 2019
Oi Rio Pro: June 20 - 28, 2019
J-Bay Open: July 9 - 22, 2019
Tahiti Pro Teahupo'o: August 21 - September 1, 2019
Surf Ranch Pro: September 19 - 22, 2019
France Men's Pro: October 3 - 13, 2019
Meo Pro Peniche: October 16 - 28, 2019
Billabong Pipe Masters: December 8 - 20, 2019

"The Tour is committed to quality locations and that's essential in challenging the world's best surfers," Adrian Buchan, CT surfer and surfer's representative, said. "The diversity in the waves on tour makes it a demanding schedule for the men and women in determining both the world title as well as who's at the top. The surfers on tour require a variety of skills to perform so it's great that it's well balanced."

Courtney Conlogue (USA) is the WINNER of the 2018 Women's VANS US Open after winning the final to secure her second US Open vicotry for the second time in her career at Huntington Beach, CA, USA. The Van's US Open of Surfing Women's CT in Huntington Beach will now be a QS 10,000 event. WSL / Sean Rowland

"In terms of the pacing, the feedback we've had from a lot of the surfers is positive on the later start and longer offseason in terms of being able to prepare for the year ahead as well as breaking up the longer blocks of events into more manageable legs. I think both changes will contribute to the surfers performing at their best."

The women's Championship Tour schedule mirrors the men's schedule in quality venues, but will see the transition of the Vans US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach from a CT event to a QS 10,000 (alongside the men's) and the joining of the men's CT event in Peniche, Portugal.

"The 2019 Women's Championship Tour schedule is one of the strongest I've ever seen in my career, both as an athlete and as a commissioner," Jessi Miley-Dyer, WSL Women's Commissioner, said. "It's a testament to the WSL's commitment to both women's surfing and creating a true platform for the advancement of the world's best surfing. We have a great schedule next season and I'm excited to see what the women do with it."

2019 Women's Championship Tour Schedule:

Gold Coast Women's Pro: April 3 - 13, 2019
Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach: April 17 - 27, 2019
Bali Pro: May 13 - 24, 2019
Margaret River Pro: May 27 - June 7, 2019
Oi Rio Pro: June 20 - 28, 2019
J-Bay Open: July 9 - 22, 2019
Surf Ranch Pro: September 19 - 22, 2019
France Women's Pro: October 3 - 13, 2019
Meo Pro Peniche: October 16 - 28, 2019
Hawaii Women's Pro: November 25 - December 7, 2019

All events subject to change.

The world's best will compete later this week at the Surf Ranch Pro pres. by Hurley in Lemoore, CA from September 6 - 9, 2018.

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