Update: The event is off for Monday, September 13th but remains on Yellow Alert. Next call for competition will be Tuesday, September 14th at 7:30am PDT from Lower Trestles.
For the inaugural Rip Curl WSL Finals the WSL's Tours and Competition office has implemented a Yellow Alert system. This alert puts World Title contenders and surf fans around the globe on 24-hour notice for a likely competition run day on Monday, September 13th with the next call scheduled for the 13th at 7:30am PDT at Lower Trestles.
The forecast for Lower Trestles is looking very promising with a solid southern hemisphere swell lining up in the San Clemente swell window and the probability of running the Rip Curl WSL Finals tomorrow is very high.
"The yellow alert will be 24 hours in advance of when we think we will be running," explains Jessi Miley-Dyer, the WSL's Senior Vice President and Head of Competition.
"We're going to be looking at all the details of the forecast with our partners at Surfline and trying to give everyone fair warning about what's coming up."
The final decision whether or not to run will ultimately be made at 7:30am PDT on the morning of the proposed run date, Monday, September 13.
"Because it's the ocean and nothing is ever for sure, we'll be making the final call first thing in the morning when we can put some eyes on it and really understand what the conditions are doing," Miley-Dyer continues.
Traditionally used to track swells and determine run days for Big Wave events around the world, this is the first time a yellow alert has been put into place for a Championship Tour event.