Why the WSL Won't Be Heading to North Point This Year - Stab Mag
The Box ain't so bad. Photo: WSL

Why the WSL Won’t Be Heading to North Point This Year

Despite a pumping swell en route.

news // Apr 28, 2021
Words by Michael Ciaramella
Reading Time: 2 minutes

The third event of the Australian leg and fourth event of the 2021 WSL Championship Tour is set to commence this Sunday, May 2nd, in Margaret River, Western Australia.

The whole tour landed in WA yesterday in preparation for the event. John Florence reportedly skipped off the tarmac and winked at Medina on his way past (ok, not true but I’d really like it to be).

As if that wasn’t good news enough, there’s also a sizable southwest swell with clean conditions scheduled to impact the Margaret River region over the first two days of the waiting period.

The bad news? The WSL has reportedly not secured a permit for North Point this year. This is likely due to covid and the WSL wanting to maintain a tight bubble, which is quite easy to do between Main Break and the Box (which sit on opposite sides of the same bay), but much more difficult when you bring an entirely different zone (Gracetown, 20 mins north) into play.

As the locals will tell you, North Point is the best wave in the Margarets-Yallingup region. It doesn’t get good often, but when it does, there are few rights in the world that rival its power and perfection. To miss a classic day here would be devastating for the WSL, competitors, and fans alike.

Now, some caveats.

According to local sources, the forecasted swell is on the potentially-too-small side for proper North Point. In other words, even if the WSL were legally allowed to run there, it’s possible we would see a redux of that 2017 round one fiasco. You know—the day that was so slow it produced only one heat over 14 points, coming on the back of Sebastian Zietz’s absolute hero 10-pointer, which is the only thing anyone remembers from eight hours of competition at one of the “world’s best waves”.

…But you know what everyone remembers from that event? The surfing John Florence did in the later rounds at Margaret River Main Break, where he rode his 6’2 Pyzel Ghost to an 18.07 average heat total and the most dominant competitive performance in the history of our sport.

And lest we forget the eight-hour barrel-bender we enjoyed at The Box in 2019, which started with Italo’s guillotine evasion, middled with Conner Coffin’s porpoise posse, and ended with Jadson Andre’s live-streamed decapitation.

Jadson Andre the box
The guy fucking goes, you have to back it. Photo: WSL

So even if we miss pumping North Point, we still have some great surfing to look forward to. And after the shocking run John suffered on the east coast (shouts to Morgan Cibilic), we can’t imagine how hot he’s gonna come out of the gates.

Medina and his dangly earring are officially on notice.


Comments are a Stab Premium feature. Gotta join to talk shop.

Already a member? Sign In

Want to join? Sign Up


Most Recent

The Pro Surfer Who Filmed A War Documentary In Ukraine

Damien Castera's got a story to tell.

Oct 4, 2022

Honest Review(s): O’Neill Hyperfreak Fire

Pushing the Limits of Wetsuit Tech for Men & Women

Oct 3, 2022

How Much Would You Pay For A Session Like This?

A cost-per-vision breakdown of Kian Martin and Tai Buddha's latest strike mission.

Oct 2, 2022

Ongoing Dialogue: Jack Freestone And Album’s Matt Parker On How They Get Sparks To Fly

"Nowadays, a standard thruster feels pretty alt to me." -Jack

Oct 2, 2022

Davo’s Death Strikes At Surfing’s Core

The underground icon battled demons til the end. His untimely demise is yet another cautionary…

Oct 1, 2022

Macaroni in the Pot

Jaleesa Vincent and 200 Lefts in the Mentawais

Oct 1, 2022

Introducing A Brand New Travel Series (With A Familiar Name)

Watch the first New York episode of Stab & Red Bull's No Contest Off Tour.

Sep 30, 2022

Leandro Dora: Pro Surfer, Businessman, Punk Rock Festival Organizer, Spiritual Mentor, And World Title Winning Surf Coach 

Meet one of the most beloved and effective individuals in the athlete's zone.

Sep 29, 2022


You’re Gonna Click On A New Oscar Langburne Video

Style that can't be denied.

Sep 29, 2022

Long Read: An Angel At My Table

From Stab Issue 15, October 2006: Chris Davidson has one more shot at the big…

Sep 28, 2022


Watch: Kalani David’s Last Dance

A final surf part from the Hawaiian surf/skate prodigy.

Sep 28, 2022

Taylor Steele Won’t Let Surf Filmmaking Die Without a Fight

Movies shown, filmmaking advice, punk rock at the 2022 Solento Surf Festival.

Sep 28, 2022

Wait, Are We Going To See Moana Jones In The Olympics At Teahupo’o?

Team USA (women) and Japan (men) should be able to choose anyone they want to…

Sep 27, 2022

Donald Brink and Matt Biolos Win Mick Fanning’s Electric Acid Surfboard Test

And we had a party in Oceanside to celebrate.

Sep 26, 2022

Kanoa Igarashi and Kirra Pinkerton Answer Call Of Duty, Win Medals Of Honor In 2022 ISA World Games

Teams Japan, USA, and France move into Victor’s Village.

Sep 26, 2022

The Best Euro Surf Trips That Mightn’t Be On Your Radar

Want to know which less-trodden nation offers the most potential?

Sep 26, 2022

Former CT Surfer Chris Davidson Passes Away At Age 45

A radical life tragically ends outside a bar in New South Wales.

Sep 25, 2022

Where You Should Be In Europe Right Now

An overview of the region's greatest hits.

Sep 25, 2022