Challenger Series, QS and Regional tour

1 - Will there be any more WSL events in 2020?
The Vans Triple Crown of Surfing is still a possibility for 2020 and Regional Pro Junior events may be held starting October 1, 2020 in regions where permitted by applicable governmental authorities under their COVID-19 guidelines.

1(a) - What will happen to my points I've earned in 2020?
Any points earned by a surfer in 2020 will carry over into 2021.

2 - How will the Regional tours work in 2021?
Regional QS ranking points are earned by competing in QS 1000, 3000 and 5000 events in a surfers membership region. The top four ranked men and three women from each region on the Regional QS Rankings will qualify for all Challenger Series events. If one or more of these surfers have also qualified through the International QS Rankings the next highest ranked surfer on the Regional QS Rankings will qualify.

2(b) - 5 - Do the QS1000, QS3000 and QS5000 offer the same points for the regional ranking?
All QS events, regardless of rating, will use the 1000 point breakdown for Regional QS Rankings.

2(c) - How many regional results count towards a surfers regional rating?
It will depend on the number of events in the region. Tour Managers will update their members.

3 - How will QS and Challenger Series tours work in 2021?
Surfers will earn International QS ranking points by competing in QS 1000, 3000 and 5000 events, which will run to the end of June 2021. These events will determine a surfer's International QS Ranking. The top 30 men and 22 women on the International QS Rankings, excluding CT surfers, will qualify automatically for all events in the Challenger Series. In 2021, points earned by a surfer for Challenger Series events will be added to the surfer's International QS Ranking. The Challenger Series will run from August through to December.

3(b) - Will surfers keep their points once the Challenger Series starts or will everyone start from zero?
In 2021, surfers will keep their International QS Ranking points once in the Challenger Series, and all points earned from Challenger Series events will be added to those points. Starting in 2022, surfers that qualify for the Challenger Series will only carry forward their best single result from the QS season.

3(c) - How many Challenger Series surfers qualify for the next year CT?
Men: 12 Women: 6

3(d) - How many QS points will the winner of a Challenger Series event gain?
10000 QS points

3(e) - What is the Challengers Series field size?
Men's - 96 Women's - 64.

3(f) - How many QS/Challenger Series events count towards CT qualification?
TBD Dependant on number of events confirmed.

4 - Who gets into the Challenger Series?

CT surfers:
All are eligible to compete in the Challenger Series (CS). Any spots not taken by CT surfers will be allocated back to those next in line on the International QS Rankings. Once 10 unused CT spots have gone back to QS, the next spot becomes a Wildcard.

International QS Rankings:
The top 30 men and 22 women (excluding CT Surfers) will qualify for the CS.

Regional QS Rankings:
The top four ranked men and top three ranked women [from each region] will qualify for the CS. For double qualifiers (i.e. surfers that qualify to compete on the CS through both the International and Regional QS Rankings) their unused spot on the CS will go to the next in line on the relevant Regional QS Ranking.

World Juniors:
The top two men and two women will qualify.

Men 96 format:
34 CT surfers: unused CT spots go back to International QS surfers, the 11th unused spot becomes a CS Wildcard for Tours & Competition
2 WJC
30 from International QS Rankings (excluding CT surfers)
28 from Regional QS Rankings (four from each of the seven regions)
2 Wildcards (Tours & Competitions/Event/Region)

Women 64 format:
17 CT surfers: unused CT spots go back to in the International QS surfers, the 11th unused spot becomes a CS Wildcard for Tours & Competition
2 WJC
22 from International QS Rankings (excluding CT surfers)
21 from Regional QS Rankings (three from each of the seven regions)
2 Wildcards (Tours & Competitions/Event/Region)

5 - If one of the 4 men / 3 women regional qualifiers is already in the top 30/22 on the International QS Ranking, will the next surfer from that region in the regional ranking receive a spot on the Challenger Series?
Correct. The top four ranked men and top three ranked women from each Regional QS Ranking that are not also within the top 30 men and 22 women on the International QS Rankings will become the regional qualifiers.

6 - What are the regions?

  • Africa
  • Asia
  • Australia/Oceania
  • Europe
  • Hawaii
  • North America
  • South America

7 - How does the seeding work for the Challenger Series events? Does it take International QS Rankings first then Regional QS Rankings?
Once surfers have qualified for the Challenger Series, the seeding for the Challenger Series events will be based on the International QS and CT Rankings of the surfers. **

8 - Can CT surfers compete in QS events?
Yes, CT athletes will be able to compete in both QS and Challenger Series events, providing they follow the entry procedure.

9 - Will the registration period remain open until around 28 days prior to the start of each QS/Challenger Series event?
Yes, the registration system for all WSL events will remain the same. Surfers will have to register before the specified predetermined closing date of the event registration to guarantee their seeding. Closing happens at 5:00pm Pacific Time on Tuesdays.

10 - What are the different 2021 QS event ratings for 2021?
QS 1000, 3000, 5000 and Challenger Series.

11 - Once the Challenger Series season starts (Aug - Dec) will WSL run any QS/Regional tour events?
Yes, but points from these events will count towards the following year's rankings.

Juniors

1 - Will there be JQS events in 2020?
Regional Pro Juniors may be held starting October 1, 2020 in regions where permitted by applicable governmental authorities under their COVID-19 guidelines.

2 - What will happen with the World Junior Championships in 2020?
This event has been postponed to February 2021.

3 - Will the Junior tour season change?
No, the JQS will continue to run through the calendar year.

Longboard World Tour & Regional Longboard Events

Will there be any more WLT or Regional events in 2020?
There will be no WLT events this year due to COVID-19 guidelines. Starting October 1, 2020, Longboard Regional Events may run if it is permitted by applicable governmental authorities under their COVID-19 guidelines. Watching global trends the past few weeks, the chances of any regional events running in 2020 appear to be very slim.

What will happen to the points I've earned in 2020?
Points earned by any WSL surfers in 2020 will carry over into the 2021 season. (Please note QS and JT are doing the same as WLT)

Specialty Events in 2020?
We are exploring regional specialty event possibilities, and will have updates for you very shortly on this. If any are a go, these would not carry points.

What about 2020 insurance already paid for?
Provided you have not made a claim against the policy, you will receive a prorated refund based on events completed during 2020. Note: If you receive a refund of your insurance premium and you choose to participate in an event at the end of 2020 (e.g., Longboard Regional Event), you will have to purchase a new policy to ensure coverage during those events

How are things looking for 2021?
We are committed to returning to full-time WLT and Regional Longboard competition for 2021. As of now, we've heard the Noosa Longboard Festival may cancel their 2021 event due to uncertainty of virus at that time. We are planning to have a 3 to 4 event WLT season, and increase some Regional Events that we hope to have in place as qualifiers. Schedule wise, these WLT events will be aimed at late summer and conclude by early fall-a short season that won't overlap with CT schedule. We're working on details now and will update you ASAP.

What about 2021 Longboard membership?
All surfers will need to sign up for a membership for the 2021 season. However, surfers who paid for a full membership in 2020 will not be required to pay for a membership in 2021. Check your Member Pro account for regional membership info. Longboard Questions? Please email dhoward@worldsurfleague.com or Whatsapp 1-805-861-3548

Membership and Entry Fees and Prize Money

1 - Will I have to pay for membership again in 2021?
All surfers will need to sign up for a membership for the 2021 season. However, surfers who paid for a full membership in 2020 will not be required to pay for a membership in 2021.

1(a) - What are the membership options?
Pro Junior - Allows you to enter Junior events which take place within a surfers membership region One off QS - Allows you to enter one QS event which takes place within a surfers membership region Regional QS - Allows you to enter all QS events which take place within a surfers membership region Full QS - Allows you to enter all QS events

1(b) - What are the 2021 membership fees? Full QS - $250 USD

Aus (AUD)

  • One Off $50
  • Pro Junior $125
  • Regional QS $150

North America (USD)

  • One Off $50
  • Pro Junior $125
  • Regional QS $150

Europe (USD)

  • One Off $50
  • Pro Junior $100
  • Regional QS $150

LATAM (USD)

  • One Off $50
  • Pro Junior $75
  • Regional QS $100

Asia (AUD)

  • One Off $50
  • Pro Junior $125
  • Regional QS $150

Africa (USD)

One Off $25 Pro Junior $50 Regional QS $100

Hawaii (USD)

  • One Off $50
  • Pro Junior $125
  • Regional QS $150

2 - Will regional membership allow surfers to participate in all Qualifying Series (QS) events, except the Challenger Series (CS)?
No, regional membership only allows surfers to compete in QS events in their region. To participate in QS/Challenger Series events outside your region, a surfer must purchase a full QS membership and a travel insurance policy through MemberPro. 3 - What are the 2021 entry fees? JQS - Set by region QS 1000 - Set by region QS 3000 - $225 QS 5000 - $250 Challenger Series - $350

4 - What will 2021 prize-money be for WSL QS/Challenger Series events?
Prize Money: QS 1000 - Set by region QS 3000 - Men $40k USD (64 format) / Women $32k USD (32 Format) QS 5000 - Men $75k USD (144 format) / Women $66k USD (72 format) Challenger - Men $200k USD (96 format) / Women $167,600 USD (64 format)

5- What are the Prize money breakdowns?
6 - What will happen to my insurance and membership I've already paid for in 2020?
Insurance TBD, membership see Question 1. Provided you have not made a claim against the policy, you will receive a prorated refund based on events completed during 2020.

Note: If you receive a refund of your insurance premium and you choose to participate in an event at the end of 2020 (e.g., Vans Triple Crown), you will have to purchase a new policy to ensure coverage during those events.

COVID 19

1 - What happens if I'm not allowed into a country to compete because of COVID-19 issues?
We are monitoring border closures, border controls and travel restrictions daily, and will evaluate their potential impact on each of our events in advance of the scheduled start date for those events. We expect that if border closures, border controls or travel restrictions would adversely impact our events that we would postpone or cancel those events, as appropriate under the circumstances.

2 - Does my insurance cover being infected by Covid-19?
In limited circumstances your travel and accident insurance may cover you if you are infected by COVID-19. If you purchase the full cover policy, you would be covered for medical expenses for international travel.

However, with respect to medical expenses in relation to COVID-19 you must abide by the travel restrictions in place between borders of countries with respect to "how", "when" and "where" a person can travel. For example, if you travel in contravention of travel restrictions and contract COVID-19, the policy would not cover your COVID 19 medical expenses.

This is because it will be viewed that you have deliberately "courted" a known risk. Other medical expenses not in relation to COVID-19 remain covered.

If you purchase a full cover policy, home country cover for medical expenses (accidents and sickness) is only provided as long as the medical expenses are incurred during the course of travel and competing for an insured event. Coverage for such medical expenses always remain subject to policy limits and prevailing local health legislation. However, with respect to any specific coverage in relation to COVID-19 medical expenses, you must abide by any "intra-country" restrictions.

If you violate any intra-country COVID 19 travel restrictions and you subsequently contract COVID-19 the policy would not cover your COVID-19 medical expenses. This is because you will be viewed as having deliberately "courted" a known risk.

The policy would most likely not cover you for contracting COVID-19 during the course of normal training for an event, particularly if you are just living and/or training within the bounds of their home residence. If you travelled "within country" to an area with no COVID-19 related travel restrictions, and you can prove on the balance of probabilities that this was the cause of your sickness, then you would be covered by the policy. However, the onus would be on you to show that COVID-19 was contracted during the course of travel and not as a result of everyday life activities.

3 - How is WSL making its events COVID-19 safe?
We believes that the health, safety and well-being of our athletes, employees, stakeholders and the communities within which hold our events and travel to, remains our highest priority, and we have developed detailed operating plans with the objective of being able to provide a prudent, safe and responsible working environment for events in compliance with all applicable laws, regulations and guidelines that have been implemented to combat COVID-19. Our plans set forth a detailed, comprehensive operations plan for our upcoming events, providing clear direction to athletes on safe practices implemented by WSL, which WSL's event management will follow, and steps to be followed by athletes, athlete teams and WSL employees, in respect of health and safety procedures and event operations. All personnel, athletes and 3rd parties are required to comply with our plans. Our plans include the following requirements:

  • signing a disclaimer containing confirmations around COVID-19 matters before attending any event or site;
  • advanced screening measures before entering event sites, including temperature checks;
  • limits on the number of people who may access an event site;
  • physical distancing measures;
  • changes to site layouts to ensure proper ventilation and social distancing;
  • event signage;
  • food and beverage guidelines;
  • advanced cleaning and disinfection procedures;
  • medical procedures;
  • guidance on choice of hotels and transport; and
  • detailed isolation and contact tracing procedures which WSL management will roll out in the event of any COVID-19 exposure, diagnosis or symptoms presenting.

4 - What onsite changes for COVID-19 safety should athletes prepare for/expect during events?

Detailed plans will be provided to surfers in advance of each event. Please note that best practices and governmental guidelines are continuing to evolve, and we will continue to monitor, and adapt our plans as appropriate. As of today, there are some key changes that you should be aware of:

Will WSL provide water/bring your own water bottles?
Contact free water fountains are to be provided - bring your bottle.

Food/amenities? Individually packed catering will be provided - no buffet style catering.

Athlete areas available/socially distanced?
Access to athlete areas generally 2hrs before and after your heats.

Athlete guests allowed or limited?
1 coach and 1 guest at CT events, 1 person only to accompany an athlete at other events; no filmmaker / photographer allocation at any events until further notice

Will Athletes have to show credentials?
All personnel, including athletes and athlete team personnel will be required to wear their credential at all times while onsite, excluding athletes on their way to or from heats

Do we have to wear masks in athlete areas?
Etc. Surfers may be required to wear facemasks at the event site other than on their way to or from a heat, in the warm up area and the locker room.

What happens to the Big Wave events?

The 2020/2021 holding period for the WSL Big Wave events in Jaws and Nazare remain in their current schedules. The WSL will continue to monitor and adjust due to COVID-19 and local guidance. The events may run if it is permitted by applicable governmental authorities under their COVID-19 guidelines.

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