Olympic qualifying season is upon us and the world rankings at the end of the 2019 CT season will determine 18 of the 40 places at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 (10 men and 8 women).
Also, the 2019 CT sits atop the hierarchy of events in the Olympic qualification system for the world's best surfers.
The remaining 22 places will be determined at the 2019 and 2020 ISA World Surfing Games, the 2019 Pan American Games, and a selection by the host nation (Japan).
The 18 places that are allocated at the WSL come with a condition that a country cannot qualify more than two athletes per gender.
Following the final CT events of the season (the Hawaiian Pro and Billabong Pipe Masters), the world rankings will determine the first highest 18 eligible qualifiers for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, subject to all qualified surfers meeting the ISA's and IOC's eligibility requirements and being selected by their respective National Olympic Committee.
For a full rundown of the process please refer to the official ISA Qualification System.
The 2019 Championship Tour starts in April and runs until December. This is a year-long, multi-stage tour that tests the world's best surfers in a variety of different waves and conditions. The men's and women's schedules are listed below:
2019 WSL Championship Tour Schedule
Quiksilver Pro and Boost Mobile Pro Gold Coast: April 3 - 13, 2019
Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach: April 17 - 27, 2019
Corona Bali Protected: May 13 - 25, 2019
Margaret River Pro: May 29 - June 9, 2019
Oi Rio Pro: June 20 - 28, 2019
Corona Open J-Bay: July 9 - 22, 2019
Tahiti Pro Teahupo'o: August 21 - September 1, 2019 (Men's only event)
Freshwater Pro pres by Outerknown: September 19 - 21, 2019
Quiksilver Pro and Roxy Pro France: October 3 - 13, 2019
MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal: October 16 - 28, 2019
Hawaii Pro: November 25 - December 6, 2019 (Women's only event)
Billabong Pipe Masters: December 8 - 20, 2019 (Men's only event)