- WSL / Kelly Cestari
- WSL / Kelly Cestari

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.

Glassy conditions on hand for the morning of day 2 of the Volcom Pipe Pro at Pipe, Oahu, Hawaii, USA.. Pipeline, one of the greatest arenas in competative surfing, is a fitting location to help deterimine who will quaily for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. - WSL / Tony Heff

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.

QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 3: 2X World Champion Gabriel Medina of Brazil advances directly to Round 3 of the 2019 Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast after winning Heat 1 of Round 1 at Snapper Rocks on April 3, 2019 in Queensland, Australia. (Photo by Matt Dun Current World #1 Brazilian Gabriel Medina is an international sports star and a leading contender in Olympic qualification. - WSL / Matt Dunbar

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)

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