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World Surf League (WSL): Interesting facts about the pro surfing organization

World Surf League (WSL): Interesting facts about the pro surfing organization

20/04/2018, International, Surfing, World Surf League, Article # 26496818

The best surfers on the planet compete in the World Surf League (WSL). No doubt about that. But exactly is the WSL? Who runs it? What's behind the conglomerate?

According to Forbes, the surf industry generates around $13 billion, so you could hardly run a surfing's professional world tour without a business-oriented mindset.

The World Surf League is basically a sports event managing company with a deep focus on communications and social media. They choose the venues, set up the show, and distribute the content.



https://www.surfertoday.com/surfing/14273-world-surf-league-interesting-facts-about-the-pro-surfing-organization
SURF FIRES FOR MASSIVE DAY OF ACTION AT KRUI PRO IN SUMATRA

SURF FIRES FOR MASSIVE DAY OF ACTION AT KRUI PRO IN SUMATRA

19/04/2018, International, Surfing, World Surf League, Article # 26455403

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SURF FIRES FOR MASSIVE DAY OF ACTION AT KRUI PRO IN SUMATRA 
- 8 QUARTERFINALS REMAIN IN MEN'S DIVISION & 4 SEMIFINALISTS IN WOMEN'S
- FINALS SET TO RUN IN EPIC SURF TOMORROW

- MORE INFORMATION AVAILABLE AT WORLDSURFLEAGUE.COM

Caption: Australia's Harley Ross tearing through waves and heats at the Krui Pro today.
Credit: © WSL / Tim Hain


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LAMPUNG, Sumatra/Indonesia (Thursday, April 19, 2018) - The 2018 Krui Pro ran though a massive day of competition in near perfect conditions to decide the Semifinalists in the women’s QS1,000 division and Quarterfinalists in the men’s QS1,500. The stage is now set for an epic final’s day tomorrow and the forecast is calling for epic conditions to finish the event off with style. 

Harley Ross has been a standout all event and still hold record of posting the highest single wave score. He used fast and aggressive backhand whips to win through two heats today and seems to have the timing and sections of this wave figured out. He will match up against Gabriel Villarán in Quarterfinal 1 tomorrow morning. 

“I am so stoked to get through two heats today!” Ross said. “Last night I felt super sick, I was up all night. I haven’t eaten anything since lunch yesterday, so I am really exhaused, but it doesn’t matter anymore — I am stoked to be in the Quarterfinals.”

Oney Anwar and Rio Waida are the last two Indonesian surfer standing in this event as they both advanced to the Quarterfinals against tough international contingent. Anwar advanced in second place behind Ross, but has been looking sharp and determined to get a big result here. He will now face Tomas Tudela in Quarterfinal 2. 

“I was super stressed in that heat because all the guys have been surfing so good today,” Anwar said. “At the end there was a few waves caught and I was in second with one good score and one small score. Luckily for me no one was able to overtake me and I am now into the quarterfinals. I’m looking forward to tomorrow, I really want a big result here.”

Tomas Tudela was on fire on his forehand in both heat wins at the Krui Pro today. The young Peruvian had his Round 4 heat against his brother Miguel, and countryman Gabriel Villarán, and Australian David Vlug, but it was Tomas and Villarán who put enough scores on the board to progress to the Quarterfinals.

“To make two heats in one day means it’s a good day,” Tomas Tudela said. “We had near-perfect surf in the heat this morning and this afternoon it was big and windy, but still super fun. This is already a good result for me so I am stoked to be in the Quarterfinals, we have a lot of guys here from Peru and it’s really inspiring to travel together and push each other. I can’t wait for tomorrow.”

The women’s Quarterfinals saw a few upsets with Emily Gussoni (ITA) eliminating former CT surfer Chelsea Tuach. She will now take on Lucia Martino in Semifinal 1 tomorrow. Last year’s runner-up Ellie Francis was eliminated by Sydney, Australia’s Alysse Cooper who will now take on Bailey Nagy in Semifinal 2. 


The Krui Pro will be webcasting all the action live from April 16-20. For more information, Webcast, results and images, head to www.worldsurfleague.com or check out the WSL App.
WORLD CLASS LINE UP OF ATHLETES READY FOR PRO SANTA CRUZ PRES. BY OAKLEY

WORLD CLASS LINE UP OF ATHLETES READY FOR PRO SANTA CRUZ PRES. BY OAKLEY

19/04/2018, International, Surfing, World Surf League, Article # 26455401

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WORLD CLASS LINE UP OF ATHLETES READY FOR PRO SANTA CRUZ PRES. BY OAKLEY
- STOP NO.6 OF EUROPEAN QUALIFYING SERIES
- FREDERICO MORAIS AND TIAGO PIRES LEAD A-LIST FIELD IN SANTA CRUZ
- MORE INFORMATION AVAILABLE AT WORLDSURFLEAGUE.COM

Caption: World No. 14 Frederico Morais will fly the Portuguese flag on home turf.
Credit: © WSL / Poullenot

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PRAIA DA FISICA, Santa Cruz - Portugal (Thursday, April 19, 2018) — The  Pro Santa Cruz 2018 pres. by Oakley will return for a third consecutive edition next week to the beautiful shores of Santa Cruz, Portugal. A Qualifying Series (QS) 3,000 event, the Santa Cruz meet has produced challenging conditions for some of the world’s best surfers in the past.

This year again, the event has attracted a flurry of international talent, with ten past or current Championship Tour (CT) competitors enrolled. Portuguese superstar and current World No. 14 Frederico Morais will lead the field in the fun beach breaks of the beautiful praia da fisica. 

The list of talented surfers joining the fun include Kanoa Igarashi (JPN), Joan Duru (FRA), Wiggolly Dantas (BRA), Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA), Miguel Pupo (BRA), Jadson Andre(BRA), Ryan Callinan (AUS), long-time Championship Tour Portuguese ambassador Tiago Pires (PRT) and more.

With 3,000 qualifying points on offer for the winner, a victory in Santa Cruz could make a huge difference in the year-end tallies to decide the qualifiers for the Elite tour. That explains why most of the Qualifying Series’ top surfers will compete alongside some of the elite’s Top 34.

The pristine rugged coastline of Santa Cruz mixes clean white-sand beaches and abrupt cliffs overlooking the ocean, painting an incredible background for a week of high-performance professional surfing.

This event will also close the early Qualifying Series season on European soil, where five events took surfers from Israel, to the Canary Islands, Martinique, Portugal and Basque Country since January. QS athletes will go on to compete  in Indonesia, Japan, South Africa, the U.S.A and Chile among other destinations before returning to Europe this summer for the traditional leg of events starting in England in early August.

The event will be webcast LIVE at worldsurfleague.com and on the WSL app.

The Santa Cruz Pro 2018 pres. by Oakley is scheduled from April 24-29, 2018 at Praia da Fisica, Santa Cruz - Portugal. For all results, photos, video highlights and press releases, log on to worldsurfleague.com

The Santa Cruz Pro 2018 pres. by Oakley is produced by WSL, supported by the City Council of Torres Vedras , Tourism of Portugal, Meo, EDP, Hertz, Aguas Vimeiro, Hotel Golfe Mar and Noah Surf House, with media partner  Onfire, RTP, DN, and official forecaster MagicSeaWeed.com.

How to kneeboard surf

How to kneeboard surf

19/04/2018, International, Surfing, World Surf League, Article # 26496819

Invented by Southern California surfers, kneeboarding is a crossover water sport that blends the thrill of wakeboarding and water skiing with the adrenaline rush of surfing.

Kneeboarding in the waves, also known as kneeboard surf or knee-riding, has always been an alternative form of stand-up surfing, but, as time passed by, matured into a proper water sport.

Because they ride the wave closer the water surface, kneeboarders often say that the sensation of speed is greater than in surfing.



https://www.surfertoday.com/surfing/14270-how-to-kneeboard-surf
QUARTERFINALISTS DECIDED AT KRUI PRO WOMEN’S QS1,000

QUARTERFINALISTS DECIDED AT KRUI PRO WOMEN’S QS1,000

18/04/2018, International, Surfing, World Surf League, Article # 26447091

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QUARTERFINALISTS DECIDED AT KRUI PRO WOMEN’S QS1,000 
- SURFERS FROM 6 COUNTRIES REMAIN IN CONTENTION
- MEN'S DIVISION SET TO RESUME TOMORROW

- MORE INFORMATION AVAILABLE AT WORLDSURFLEAGUE.COM

Caption: Lucia Martino from Spain going to work on the long lefts on offer at the Krui Pro today.
Credit: © WSL / Tim Hain


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LAMPUNG, Sumatra/Indonesia (Wednesday, April 18, 2018) - The Krui Pro ran through four heats of the women’s QS1,000 division to decide the Quarterfinalist who are from a diverse range of countries. Of the eight surfers left in the draw the following countries are represented; Australia, Japan, Barbados, Hawaii, Spain and Italy.

Last year’s runner-up Ellie Francis is in solid form again at this wave, showing the kind of surfing that saw her get the best result of her career in 2017. The South Australian surfer who now lives on the Gold Coast said that she was feeling rusty on her backhand at the start of the event, but she’s enjoying getting back into rhythm on her backhand. 

“You don’t get to go left too much on the Gold Coast so I was feeling a little rusty when I first arrived,” Francis said. “It’s great to be back here, I really love this place. There’s great waves and great food and the surfers all hang out together which doesn’t happen at a lot of events. I feel confident after getting second here last year, but I also feel a bit of pressure, but it  feels really good to be in the Quarters.”

Spain’s Lucia Martino won through to the Quarterfinals in a wave starved heat where strategy was as important surfing. Martino’s wave selection and silky smooth surfing saw her win through to the Quarterfinals where she will take on Australia’s Lauren Poor.

“This is my first time to Sumatra, I really wanted to come for the event here last year but I couldn’t make it, so it feels incredible to finally be here,” Martino said. “We’ve had a lot of great waves in the free-surf but my heats have been a bit slow so I am hoping to get more waves tomorrow. This wave is incredible so I want to get as many as I can while I am here.”

Sara Wakita from Japan has been a standout all event, and will be one to watch when the Finals get underway. The stylish goofy-footer took a win in the last heat of the day and will face-off against Hawaii’s Bailey Nagy in Quarterfinal 4.

“I am happy to be in the Quarterfinals, but I came here wanting to win so there’s still a lot of work to do,” Wakita said. “There waves have been so fun, but it’s been slow. I always like to catch a lot of waves, so when the tide drops and the sets stop coming I was a little worried, but it worked out for me this time.”

Krui Pro No. 1 seed Chelsea Tuach from Barbados only caught two waves in her 35 minute heat, but her surfing was sharp and powerful and she was able to win through to the Quarterfinal easily. Tuach now matches up against Emily Gussoni in Quarterfinal 1. 

“I’m really learning at lot at this contest,” Tuach said. “It’s been a goal of mine to improve my backhand surfing and I feel like I’ve gotten better on the waves here at Krui. I have also learnt to wait for the best waves, in the past if I hadn’t caught a wave in 10 minutes then I’d get nervous and just take off on anything — but here I’ve been waiting and relaxing and it’s working out this far.”

Alysse Cooper finished second in her heat, but posted the highest single wave score of the day and was able to advance into the Quarterfinals where she will take on fellow Australian Ellie Francis.

“You can’t ask for a better event location than this!” Cooper said. “The water is warm, crystal clear and you have a mechanical left hand wave that breaks over 100 metres. It’s been a great trip so far. My goal this year was to make the Quarterfinals of a QS and I’ve done that so I am very happy.”
WSL CANCELS 2018 MARGARET RIVER PRO DUE TO SHARK AND SAFETY CONCERNS

WSL CANCELS 2018 MARGARET RIVER PRO DUE TO SHARK AND SAFETY CONCERNS

18/04/2018, International, Surfing, World Surf League, Article # 26447082

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WSL CANCELS 2018 MARGARET RIVER PRO DUE TO SHARK AND SAFETY CONCERNS
CEO SOPHIE GOLDSCHMIDT SENDS LETTER TO ATHLETES THIS MORNING
- MORE INFORMATION AVAILABLE AT WORLDSURFLEAGUE.COM 

 

 

 

Caption: The Margaret River Pro has been called off due to safety concerns. 
Caption: © WSL /  Cestari

MARGARET RIVER, Western Australia/AUS (Wednesday, April 18, 2018) - Early this morning, WSL CEO Sophie Goldschmidt sent a letter to surfers informing them of the cancellation of the remainder of the 2018 Margaret River Pro, Event No. 3 on the 2018 WSL Championship Tour, as a result of exceptional and unique circumstances surrounding this season’s event with regards to sharks and the safety of our surfers. 

“The WSL puts the highest premium on safety,” Goldschmidt wrote. “This cannot be just talk, and it cannot be compromised. Surfing is a sport that carries various forms of risk, and is unique in that wild animals inhabit our performance environment. Sharks are an occasional reality of WSL competitions, and of surfing in general. Everyone associated with our sport knows that. There have been incidents in the past - and it’s possible that there will be incidents in the future - which did not (and will not) result in the cancellation of an event. However, current circumstances are very unusual and troubling, and we have decided that the elevated risk during this season’s Margaret River Pro has crossed the threshold for what is acceptable.”

Following two separate incidents that occurred at nearby Gracetown on Monday, April 16, approximately 6 kms away from primary competition site at Main Break, the WSL actioned safety protocols and met with a variety of stakeholders for feedback over the past 48 hours before making the decision to cancel the event.

“Safety is our top priority and this is the right call given the circumstances,” Kieren Perrow, WSL Commissioner, said. “We’ve closely assessed the situation, spoke with the athletes, Water Safety, local authorities and reviewed as much information as possible. Margaret River is a fantastic part of the world, but the presence of actively aggressive sharks and beached whales this season have convinced us that this is the correct course of action.”

“It’s a really difficult decision as the surfers love coming here,” Sage Erickson, WSL CT Surfer and Women’s Representative, said. “It’s beautiful, the waves are amazing and the community is very supportive of professional surfing. That said, the situation this season is really challenging and a number of surfers don’t feel safe. I know it isn’t an easy decision, but we really appreciate the amount of information and discussion that went into it.”

“Sharks are something we will continually deal with every time we surf and we accept that risk,” Adrian Buchan, WSL CT Surfer and Men’s Representative, said. “Given the extenuating circumstances of dead whale carcasses, multiple attacks and increased sightings, I'm fully supportive of the WSL's stance to put Surfers safety before all else. South West WA is one of myfavourite places to visit and part of its allure is the raw beauty and feeling of being close to nature. I'm really feeling for the local community and look forward to to being back soon.”

The cancellation of the Margaret River Pro will see points distributed per the WSL rulebook, but organizers have not ruled out potentially completing the events elsewhere during the season.

Margaret River Women’s Pro Quarterfinal Matchups:
QF 1: Carissa Moore (HAW) vs. Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW)
QF 2: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) vs. Bronte Macaulay (AUS)
QF 3: Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) vs. Johanne Defay (FRA)
QF 4: Tyler Wright (AUS) vs. Lakey Peterson (USA)

Margaret River Men’s Pro Round 3 Matchups:
Heat 1: Owen Wright (AUS) vs. Keanu Asing (HAW)
Heat 2: Kolohe Andino (USA) vs. Jesse Mendes (BRA)
Heat 3: Jordy Smith (ZAF) vs. Michael February (ZAF)
Heat 4: Italo Ferreira (BRA) vs. Michael Rodrigues (BRA)
Heat 5: Sebastian Zietz (HAW) vs. Conner Coffin (USA)
Heat 6: Julian Wilson (AUS) vs. Kael Walsh (AUS)
Heat 7: Gabriel Medina (BRA) vs. Jack Robinson (AUS)
Heat 8: Michel Bourez (PYF) vs. Connor O’Leary (AUS)
Heat 9: Adriano de Souza (BRA) vs. Willian Cardoso (BRA)
Heat 10: Filipe Toledo (BRA) vs. Yago Dora (BRA)
Heat 11: Joel Parkinson (AUS) vs. Joan Duru (FRA)
Heat 12: John John Florence (HAW) vs. Mikey Wright (AUS)
Shark incidents force cancellation of the 2018 Margaret River Pro

Shark incidents force cancellation of the 2018 Margaret River Pro

18/04/2018, International, Surfing, World Surf League, Article # 26496820

The World Surf League (WSL) decided to cancel the remainder of the 2018 Margaret River Pro.

The third event on the 2018 Championship Tour saw two separate shark incidents taking place near Gracetown, roughly six kilometers away from Margaret River's Main Break.

Sophie Goldschmidt, CEO of WSL, informed the surfers that there were not enough conditions to resume the contest and that the sharky waters would threaten the safety of the competitors.



https://www.surfertoday.com/surfing/14267-shark-incidents-force-cancellation-of-the-2018-margaret-river-pro
Why are beginner surfboards useful?

Why are beginner surfboards useful?

18/04/2018, International, Surfing, World Surf League, Article # 26496821

Beginner surfboards are a key piece of equipment for learning to surf.

Whether you've booked a few surf lessons or decided to learn by yourself, the so-called soft-top surfboards are the right tool for the early surfing attempts.

There are hundreds of beginner surfboards on the market and, sometimes, finding the ideal equipment can be complicated and confusing.



https://www.surfertoday.com/surfing/14266-why-are-beginner-surfboards-useful
The surf art of Drew Brophy will be

The surf art of Drew Brophy will be "Making Waves"

17/04/2018, International, Surfing, World Surf League, Article # 26496822

American surf artist Drew Brophy will showcase his work at the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum, in Myrtle Beach, in South Carolina.

The exhibition, named "Making Waves," will be on display from June 23 through September 16, 2018, and showcases Brophy's work of 30 years as a unique surfboard artist, and illustrator.

His idiosyncratic style blends the use of exaggerated features with intense, bright colors to express the subtleties of life, nature and, obviously, surfing, surfers, and their culture.



https://www.surfertoday.com/surfing/14262-the-surf-art-of-drew-brophy-will-be-making-waves
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