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WSL Hits Replay On Scaled Down Version Of Challenger Series For 2024

Two pointbreaks, four beachies, and 128 surfers.

elsewhere // Dec 19, 2023
Words by Holden Trnka
Reading Time: < 1 minute

Wondering if the WSL was going to beef up the Challenger Series schedule after slashing Haleiwa and France last year?

Here’s your answer:

The Woz has announced their 2024 Challenger Series schedule, which is essentially a carbon copy of 2023’s lean/mean qualifying tour. Like last year, there will be no Round of 96 (the humanity!), with 80 men and 48 women vying for 10 and 5 CT spots respectively.

The spots will be allocated as follows:

  • 12 men and seven women from the CT who did not make the Mid-season Cut, 
  • 10 men and five women from the previous year’s Challenger Series rankings, 
  • Three men and two women who were CT surfers in the prior season that did not requalify for either the CT or the Challenger Series, 
  • 49 men and 30 women as allocated by the seven WSL regions (Australia, North America, Europe, and South America all receive 7 spots and a wildcard, Hawaii and Asia both receive 5 spots and a wildcard, Africa receives 4 spots and a wildcard)
  • The men’s 2023 World Junior Champion
  • The women’s 2023 World Junior Champion
  • Five men’s and three women’s wildcards per event.

Should be exciting to see how the field fares in the absence of the bulk of 2% — unless of course the Smoochers all miss the mid-year cut.

See you in April.

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