- WSL / Brent Bielmann

COOLANGATTA, QLD/AUS (Friday November 18, 2022) - Australian surfing fans can continue riding the wave on the Seven Network, with Seven extending its partnership as the free-to-air broadcaster of the World Surf League (WSL) to cover surfing's biggest and most iconic events.

Following the sport's triumphant debut at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and an exhilarating 2022 season across the screens of Seven, fans can now view every WSL live contest and highlights show of the 2023 season on Seven and 7plus.

Kickstarting with the iconic Billabong Pro Pipeline in Hawaii in January 2023 - famously won by Kelly Slater this year - WSL live coverage on 7plus will include all stops of the world's premier surfing competition, the WSL Championship Tour, along with the Challenger Series, the Rip Curl WSL Finals and Australian-based Qualifying Series events.

The partnership will also see Seven broadcast the Rip Curl WSL Finals on free-to-air television, as well as 11 hour-long highlights of Championship Tour events.

Managing Director Seven Melbourne and Head of Network Sport, Lewis Martin, said: "Surfing is a sport that draws a lot of passion from people all over the world, particularly Australians, so we're stoked to continue our partnership with the World Surf League.

"As we sit at the precipice of a new era of surfing, it's an incredibly exciting time for the much-loved sport. The nation's golden girl of the waves, Steph Gilmore, is showing no signs of slowing down after claiming her eighth world title this year, and who could forget the greatest of all time, Kelly Slater, making history in the Pipeline last year?

"With the future of Aussie surfing in the hands of newcomers Molly Picklum, Isabella Nichols and Ethan Ewing, 2023 is set to deliver more stories and moments that you cannot miss, and you can catch it all right here on Seven and 7plus," he said.

WSL APAC President, Andrew Stark, said: "We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Channel 7 and 7 Plus in Australia and look forward to sharing our amazing WSL events and stories through the 7 network. 7 are a true leader in Australian sports broadcasting and we are genuinely appreciative of our partnership and look forward to continuing the momentum into the future".

Ahead of the 2023 event schedule, Seven has viewers covered for the remainder of 2022 with the next stop of the Challenger Series, the Haleiwa Challenger, available to stream live and on demand on 7plus from 26 November.

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