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Cloudbreak’s Back, Trestles Remains, J-Bay And Surf Ranch Gone

Here’s the WSL’s 2024 Championship Tour schedule.

news // Sep 20, 2023
Words by Ethan Davis
Reading Time: 2 minutes

As predicted, the WSL is heading back to Fiji in 2024 — surf fans of both stances rejoice.

But as the universe loves to find balance, Cloudbreak’s inclusion coincides with the loss of the best right on tour — J-Bay — along with a lesser-loved event at the Surf Ranch. Mixed feelings.

To hear our real thoughts, and the WSL’s thinking behind all these changes, read our interview with Chief of Sport Jessi Miley-Dyer live here — it’ll give you far more credibility when discussing the changes at the pub, car park, or lineup. 

Below you’ll find the full 2024 Championship Tour schedule in press release form.

Spoiler: Filipe Toledo fans will be quite pleased about the location of the title-decider. Photo by Thiago Diz/World Surf League

Key points:

  • There will be 9 “regular season” events in 2024 — one fewer than in 2023
  • 8/9 events will count will toward a surfer’s end of season point total — one throwaway will be taken from the first five events
  • J-bay and the Surf Ranch are out, Cloudbreak is back for the first time since 2017
  • The WSL Finals will run at Lower Trestles for the fourth consecutive year 
  • The mid-year cut will remain after event 5 (Margaret River) 
  • Teahupo’o event will run in late May (three months earlier) ‘for an Olympic preview’ 
  • There will be a break in the schedule in July to allow Olympic qualifiers to practice – (Olympic surfing scheduled to take place between July 27 – August 5)

2024 WSL Championship Tour Schedule:

  • Banzai Pipeline, Hawaii, USA: January 29 – February 10 
  • Sunset Beach, Hawaii, USA: February 12 – 23
  • Peniche, Portugal: March 6 – 16
  • Bells Beach, Victoria, Australia: March 26 – April 5
  • Margaret River, Western Australia, Australia: April 11 – 21

Mid-season Cut: 36-man and 18-woman fields reduced to 24-man and 12-woman fields.

  • Teahupo’o, Tahiti, French Polynesia: May 22 – 31
  • Punta Roca, El Salvador: June 6 – 15
  • Saquarema, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: June 22 – 30
  • Cloudbreak, Fiji: August 20 – 29

WSL Final 5 determined to battle for the men’s and women’s World Titles.

WSL Finals (Lower Trestles, San Clemente, Calif., USA): September 6 – 14


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