What is the World Surf League?
The World Surf League (WSL) is the official world championship of surfing for both men and women. The competition has continued to develop throughout the years with major sponsors like Samsung and Jeep taking up the cause to promote surfing across the globe. Throughout each calendar year, both male and female surfers compete on their tours and accumulate points depending on how far into each stage of the competition they get to. Huge names like Kelly Slater, Mick Fanning, Steph Gilmore, Lakey Peterson, Julian Wilson, Dane Reynolds, Joel Parkinson and many many more compete during the WSL at some of the world's best breaks.
Men's Tour Stops
The WSL men's tour has several stops in Australia to start the year. Coolangatta on the Gold Coast for the Quiksilver Pro is up first followed by a stop in at Bell's Beach near Melbourne for the Rip Curl Pro before the comp heads over to chase some monsters in Western Australia's Margaret River for the Margaret River Pro.
After this, the tour gets a little bit spicey with the Oi Rio Pro in Brazil and the Fiji Pro. The infamous J-Bay Open in Jeffreys Bay, South Africa is up next followed by a stop at Tahiti to face the Teahupo'o our Chopes monster wave. Stateside and California is next with a stop in for the Hurley Pro in Trestles.
Europe is continues the tour on with the Quiksilver Pro in France and the Rip Curl Pro in Portugal. The final event is held at the Billabong Pipe Masters on the North Shore of Oahu in Hawaii at Pipeline.
Women's Tour Stops
The WSL Women's Tour has a similar world-wide taste with stops in surf spots around the globe. The Roxy Pro also starts us off on the Gold Coast before the Rip Curl Bell's Beach Pro and the Margaret River Pro also in Western Australia.
The next stops on the tour are the Oi Rio Pro in Brazil and the Fiji Pro before the girls get their USA feeling going in Huntington Beach California for the Vans US Open of Surfing and the Swatch Women's Pro in Lower Trestles.
The European leg of the tour is up next with the Cascais Women's Pro in Portugal and the Roxy Pro in France in Aquitaine. Finally, we get the Target Maui Pro in Honolua Bay in Maui Hawaii.
Surfers on Tour
As mentioned before there are plenty of big name surfers on Tour with multiple past winners still competing and other younger surfers taking out different stops along the tour.