When the WSL Final 5 men and women paddle out across the cobblestones at Lower Trestles for the Rip Curl WSL Finals next week, they'll be sporting a fresh new look -- jerseys specifically designed to represent their ranking heading into the World Title-crowning event.
Since 2014, the ratings leaders on the WSL Championship Tour have been graced with the coveted yellow leader's jersey while competing at each CT event of the season.
Now, the League is expanding the concept of jersey color for use exclusively at all Rip Curl WSL Finals events moving forward, with five distinct colors -- yellow, blue, pink, green and orange -- selected to designate rankings one through five in the new Finals format.
The dedicated jersey color system is intended to give fans a new way to engage with the action and a visual indicator to better understand the title-crowning format.
At the upcoming Rip Curl WSL Finals, fans will see the following jersey designations:
- Orange: World No. 5 Johanne Defay and Morgan Cibilic.
- Green: World No. 4 Stephanie Gilmore and Conner Coffin.
- Pink: World No. 3 Sally Fitzgibbons and Filipe Toledo.
- Blue: World No. 2 Tatiana Weston-Webb and Italo Ferreira.
- Yellow: World No. 1 Carissa Moore and Gabriel Medina.
In addition to the unique colors for this year's jerseys, the designs for each rankings tier incorporate the artwork of renowned local surfer and artist Jeff Lukasik. Jeff's work is inspired by his travels as he explores life and nature with a freestyle realism.
As part of a larger collaboration, including the overall event branding and a mural at the Rip Curl store in San Clemente, Lukasik has created five stunning visions of the natural beauty of Lowers that are incorporated into the jersey designs.
Inclusion of this imagery is a nod to the decade-plus "Save Trestles" campaign that successfully protected the delicate watershed that forms this world-famous wave from the threat of a proposed toll road that would have destroyed it.
It also reinforces that protecting and conserving the ocean is imperative for the future of our sport, and that there is enormous impact generated when we come together as surfers, indigenous peoples, youth, businesses and ocean lovers.
The tribute to the campaign through Lukasik's jersey design provides a powerful connection to the WSL's We Are One Ocean petition, which calls on world leaders to protect and conserve the ocean, safeguard its wildlife, protect people's ability to enjoy the ocean and improve climate resilience.
The WSL has made limited-edition commemorative jerseys to celebrate this special moment in surfing history - the first-ever Rip Curl WSL Finals. Made from recycled materials, you can collect a piece of history and get yours now at the official WSL Store.