- WSL / Tony Heff

The World Surf League (WSL) is excited to be approved for its 2022 - 2024 North Shore triennial permits. Starting in 2022 the WSL Championship Tour (CT) will start in Hawaii, the birthplace of surfing, with back-to-back events on the North Shore at Pipeline and Sunset for both women and men. The season-opening event will mark the first women's Pipeline CT in the history of surfing.

In addition, the WSL was approved for a Haleiwa Challenger Series (CS) event, which will conclude the projected eight-event series and determine who ultimately qualifies for the CT the following season, as well as a Regional Qualifying Series (QS) event at Sunset. All events, at all levels of competition, will include both women and men and award equal prize money.

With limited permits available, both the WSL and Vans agreed to apply for Pipeline event permits independently, for the dates of December 8-20, 2022 - 2024, and Vans, who owns the Pipe Masters trademark, was awarded that permit. Although the WSL is disappointed to have not received the December Pipeline permit, which would have benefited Hawaii's surfers, both men and women, seeking Regional QS points, we look forward to working together with Vans on the future of the event.

The complete 2022 WSL CT and CS schedules will be released in the coming months.

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