1976 – 1982

Hawaiian surfers Randy Rarick and Fred Hemmings organize a collection of disparate unaffiliated pro surfing events around the world into the first world championship tour by developing an international ranking system and encouraging the world's best surfers to get involved. Their organization, International Professional Surfers (IPS) becomes the original world governing body of professional surfing. Champions included Peter “PT” Townend (AUS), Shaun Tomson (ZAF), Wayne “Rabbit” Bartholomew (AUS), Mark “MR” Richards (AUS), Margo Oberg (USA), Lynn Boyer (HAW) and Debbie Beacham (USA).

1983 – 2014

Former World No. 2 surfer Ian "Kanga" Cairns evolves the original IPS concept into the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP), providing a joint ownership and control of the sport for both the event organizers and the surfers on tour. In the mid-1990s, the ASP's focus shifted to the "Dream Tour" concept, encouraging event organizers to transition their venues from well-populated, metropolitan areas to remote locations with high-quality surf. The Dream Tour birthed the company philosophy of, “world's best surfers, world's best waves,” which remains the organization's guiding principle to this day. Notable champions include Tom Carroll (AUS), Tom Curren (USA), Kelly Slater (USA), Andy Irons (HAW), Mick Fanning (AUS) and Gabriel Medina (BRA) as well as Wendy Botha (ZAF), Frieda Zamba (USA), Lisa Andersen (USA), Layne Beachley (AUS), Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) and Carissa Moore (HAW). In addition, this era opened its doors to both embrace the future and acknowledge the past in the creation of the junior and masters tours.

2015 – Present

The World Surf League (WSL) steps in to help evolve the ASP into a more potent centralized body, overseeing the key product areas of the elite men's and women's World Championship Tours, the Qualifying Series (QS), the Big Wave Tour, the Big Wave Awards, the World Longboard Championships and the World Junior Championships. In addition to its headquarters in Santa Monica, California, the WSL has a commercial office in New York City and regional offices in Japan, Australia, France, South Africa, Brazil, Hawaii and Southern California.

Historic Results

The 2016 season marked the first time in more than a decade that a Hawaiian won the men's world championship. For the women, two familiar luminaries of the sport made way for a new champion. See the breakdown below. Register today to get notified.

  • Year Name Points Name Points
    WSL Finals
    2021 Gabriel Medina (BRA) Carissa Moore (HAW)
    Men's WSL CT Women's WSL CT
    2019 Ítalo Ferreira (BRA) 59,740 Carissa Moore (HAW) 59,940
    2018 Gabriel Medina (BRA) 62,490 Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 62,515
    2017 John John Florence (HAW) 59,600 Tyler Wright (AUS) 54,400
    2016 John John Florence (HAW) 59,850 Tyler Wright (AUS) 72,500
    2015 Adriano de Souza (BRA) 57,700 Carissa Moore (HAW) 66,200
    ASP World Tour ASP Women's World Tour
    2014 Gabriel Medina (BRA) 62,800 Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 64,200
    2013 Mick Fanning (AUS) 54,400 Carissa Moore (HAW) 59,500
    2012 Joel Parkinson (AUS) 58,700 Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 48,400
    2011 Kelly Slater (USA) 68,100 Carissa Moore (HAW) 55,000
    2010 Kelly Slater (USA) 69,000 Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 7,284
    2009 Mick Fanning (AUS) 7,140 Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 6,169
    2008 Kelly Slater (USA) 8,042 Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 7,188
    2007 Mick Fanning (AUS) 8,136 Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 6,708
    2006 Kelly Slater (USA) 8,124 Layne Beachley (AUS) 6,374
    2005 Kelly Slater (USA) 7,962 Chelsea Georgeson (AUS) 7,080
    2004 Andy Irons (HAW) 7,824 Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 5,484
    2003 Andy Irons (HAW) 8,964 Layne Beachley (AUS) 3,696
    2002 Andy Irons (HAW) 8,102 Layne Beachley (AUS) 3,200
    2001 C. J. Hobgood (USA) 3,094 Layne Beachley (AUS) 1,760
    2000 Sunny Garcia (HAW) 7,270 Layne Beachley (AUS) 5,730
    1999 Mark Occhilupo (AUS) 7,120 Layne Beachley (AUS) 8,080
    1998 Kelly Slater (USA) 6,398 Layne Beachley (AUS) 7,920
    1997 Kelly Slater (USA) 8,260 Lisa Andersen (USA) 8,520
    1996 Kelly Slater (USA) 9,540 Lisa Andersen (USA) 12,750
    1995 Kelly Slater (USA) 6,040 Lisa Andersen (USA) 12,920
    1994 Kelly Slater (USA) 6,660 Lisa Andersen (USA) 7,650
    1993 Derek Ho (HAW) 5,510 Pauline Menczer (AUS) 7,080
    1992 Kelly Slater (USA) 7,765 Wendy Botha (AUS) 10,205
    1991 Damien Hardman (AUS) 12,854 Wendy Botha (AUS) 7,424
    1990 Tom Curren (USA) 17,612 Pam Burridge (AUS) 14,440
    1989 Martin Potter (UK) 20,665 Wendy Botha (AUS) 14,380
    1988 Barton Lynch (AUS) 17,475 Freida Zamba (USA) 7,960
    1987/88 Damien Hardman (AUS) 13,690 Wendy Botha (RSA) 8,220
    1986/87 Tom Curren (USA) 13,115 Freida Zamba (USA) 9,230
    1985/86 Tom Curren (USA) 11,490 Freida Zamba (USA) 5,320
    1984/85 Tom Carroll (AUS) 9,460.38 Freida Zamba (USA) 3,400
    1983/84 Tom Carroll (AUS) 6,830 Kim Mearig (USA) 3,125
    IPS World Circuit
    1982 Mark Richards (AUS) 6,917 Debbie Beacham (USA) 3,059.14
    1981 Mark Richards (AUS) 6,211.52 Margo Oberg (HAW) 3,850
    1980 Mark Richards (AUS) 6,890 Margo Oberg (HAW) 2,000
    1979 Mark Richards (AUS) 6,781.14 Lynn Boyer (HAW) 3,722.50
    1978 Wayne Bartholomew (AUS) 5,749.25 Lynn Boyer (HAW) 3,986.14
    1977 Shaun Tomson (RSA) 5,948.30 Margo Oberg (HAW) 4,850
    1976 Peter Townend (AUS) 5,593
    Smirnoff World Pro-Am Surfing Championships
    1975 Mark Richards (AUS)
    1974 Reno Abellira (USA)
    1973 Ian Cairns (AUS)
    ISF World Surfing Championships
    San Diego, USA
    James Blears (USA) Sharon Webber (USA)
    Torquay / Lorne / Johanna, AUS
    Rolf Aurness (USA) Sharon Webber (USA)
    Rincon, Puerto Rico, PR
    Fred Hemmings (USA) Margo Godfrey (USA)
    San Diego, USA
    Nat Young (AUS) Joyce Hoffman (USA)
    Punta Rocas, Peru
    Felipe Pomar (PER) Joyce Hoffman (USA)
    Manly, AUS
    Midget Farrelly (AUS) Phyllis O'Donnell (AUS)
  • Year Name Points Name Points
    WSL Men's Longboard Tour WSL Women's Longboard Tour
    2021 Joel Tudor (USA) Honolua Blomfield (HAW)
    2019 Justin Quintal (USA) Honolua Blomfield (HAW)
    2018 Steven Sawyer (RSA) Soleil Errico (USA)
    2017 Taylor Jensen (USA) Honolua Blomfield (HAW)
    2016 Phil Rajzman (BRA) Tory Gilkerson (USA)
    2015 Piccolo Clemente (PER) Rachel Tilly (USA)
    ASP Men's Longboard Tour ASP Women's Longboard Tour
    2014 Harley Ingleby (AUS) Chelsea Williams (AUS)
    2013 Piccolo Clemente (PER) Kelia Moniz (HAW)
    2012 Taylor Jensen (USA) Kelia Moniz (HAW)
    2011 Taylor Jensen (USA) Lindsay Steinriede (USA)
    2010 Duane DeSoto (HAW) Cori Schumacher (USA)
    2009 Harley Ingleby (AUS) Jennifer Smith (USA)
    2008 Bonga Perkins (HAW) Joy Monahan (HAW)
    2007 Phil Rajzman (BRA) Jennifer Smith (USA)
    2006 Josh Constable (AUS) Schuyler McFerran (USA)
    2005 Cancelled Kristy Murphy (USA)
    2004 Joel Tudor (USA) Summer Romero (USA)
    2003 Beau Young (AUS) Daize Shayne (USA)
    2002 Colin McPhillips (USA) Kim Hamrock (USA)
    2001 Colin McPhillips (USA) Cori Schumacher (USA)
    2000 Beau Young (AUS) Cori Schumacher (USA)
    1999 Colin McPhillips (USA) Daize Shayne (USA)
    1998 Joel Tudor (USA)
    1997 Dino Miranda (HAW)
    1996 Bonga Perkins (HAW)
    1995 Rusty Keaulana (HAW)
    1994 Rusty Keaulana (HAW)
    1993 Rusty Keaulana (HAW)
    1992 Joey Hawkins (USA)
    1991 Martin McMillan (AUS)
    1990 Nat Young (AUS)
    1989 Nat Young (AUS)
    1988 Nat Young (AUS)
    1987/88 Stuart Entwistle (AUS)
    1986/87 Nat Young (AUS)
  • Surfer Gender World Tour
    (WCT - Men & Women)
    (WJC - Boys & Girls)
    (WLT - Men & Women)
    Masters Grandmasters Total
    Kelly Slater (USA)Male11----11
    Layne Beachley (AUS)Female7----7
    Mark Richards (AUS)Male5---16
    Nat Young (AUS)Male1-4--5
    Stephanie Gilmore (AUS)Female7----7
    Lisa Andersen (USA)Female4----4
    Wendy Botha (RSA) (AUS)Female4----4
    Freida Zamba (USA)Female4----4
    Andy Irons (HAW)Male31---4
    Margo Oberg (HAW)Female3----3
    Tom Curren (USA)Male3----3
    Wayne Bartholomew (AUS)Male1---23
    Colin McPhillips (USA)Male--3--3
    Rusty Keaulana (HAW)Male--3--3
    Gary Elkerton (AUS)Male---3-3
    Mick Fanning (AUS)Male3----3
    Carissa Moore (HAW)Female3----3
    Lynne Boyer (HAW)Female2----2
    Damian Hardman (AUS)Male2----2
    Tom Carroll (AUS)Male2----2
    Joel Tudor (USA)Male--2--2
    Beau Young (AUS)Male--2--2
    Jennifer Smith (USA)Female--2--2
    Joel Parkinson (AUS)Male12---3
    Pablo Paulino (BRA)Male-2---2
    Bonga Perkins (HAW)Male--2--2
    Tyler Wright (AUS)Female2----2
    John John Florence (HAW)Male2----2
    Gabriel Medina (BRA)Male2----2
World Surf League
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