The World Surf League has today announced the cancellation of the 2020 Championship Tour season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Citing the health and safety of athletes, fans, employees, and local communities as the WSL’s top priorities, along with the challenges of international travel, the organisation has today cancelled the 2020 WCT and QS seasons.
“After careful consideration and extensive discussions with key stakeholders, we have made the decision to cancel the 2020 Championship Tour and Qualifying Series seasons due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” WSL CEO Erik Logan explained during a press briefing.
“While we firmly believe that surfing is amongst the sports best suited for competition to be held safely during the age of unresolved COVID, we have huge respect for the ongoing concerns of many in our community as the world works to resolve this.”
The 2021 tour will start in November 2020 in Maui, Hawaii, for the women and in December 2020 in Oahu, Hawaii, for the men, subject to the approval of the State of Hawaii and local government agencies, as well as effective protocols that allow for safe international travel. The 2021 CT season will finish with “The WSL Finals”, a new single-day World Title Event in September 2021.