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WSL Confirms Air Show For France, Another In Lemoore
Oh, how we love when rumors are true!
And finally, the WSL our heavily reported Air Show (dating back to the Quik Pro Gold Coast) – there will be an air show adjacent to the Quiksilver Pro France, led by Josh Kerr, including 18 of the world's premier aerialists.
So far the list includes Filipe Toledo, Mikey Wright, Albee Layer and Chippa Wilson.
Here's the WSL's official stance on airs:
"Crowds love the athleticism and creativity of aerial surfing, and so do the surfers," said Sophie Goldschmidt, WSL CEO. "Many say the future of surfing is in the air, and WSL is thrilled to be working with Josh [Kerr] to return a fan and surfer favorite into the competitive mix."
Josh shared similar sentiments.
"My early career and surf inspirations were all about these air events, and the guys pushing the progression of surfing," said Kerr, former Surfing Airshow Series (SAS) Champion, long-time CT competitor and BWT event winner. "Now to be a part of bringing the air events back at the highest level of our sport, it's very special to me. I'm a huge fan of the talent right now, so I can't wait to see the guys send it in France!"
Oh and there's gonna be a little warm-up air show, AKA an "Air Exhibition", in Lemoore, too (remember the new air section?). That one will be led by Albee and Chippa, plus two currently unnamed CTers.
Chip had some thoughts:
"I'm super hyped to be involved in the Air Invitational and Surf Ranch Pro. When I was a grom it was my goal to be able to surf in the air shows," said Wilson. "They never seemed like a competition; it was loose, and all the lads looked like they were having a blast. I can't wait for the boys to mix it up with the best air guys on the Championship Tour!"
And to all of this Stab says: Hallelujah! Professional surfing needs more fun and progression. We commend the WSL on recognizing these facts and reacting appropriately.