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Yep, Kelly Slater and his company, the KSWAVECO, have muscled their influence and technology to host a World Surf League (WSL) competition event as part of 2018 Championship Tour (CT) calendar.

Early reports were that it was in addition to the 11 scheduled events worldwide, but a new release about the full tour shows it’s technically replacing an event, the Trestles Hurley Pro.   "Based on the results of our test event this year and the feedback from surfers training at the facility throughout the season, next September's event has the potential to be something special for both surfers and fans," Sophie Goldschmidt, World Surf League (WSL) CEO, said on WSL.com. "We're only scratching the surface of how this technology can be applied and it is completely game-changing for the sport."

While some have said this will take surfing more in the direction of gymnastics, with set routines and set moves, the professional CT surfers that competed at the first test event don’t see it that way. “The experience of competing at Surf Ranch is pretty extraordinary,” Adrian Buchan, CT competitor and athlete representative, said. “What the team has created is hard to fathom at first — a perfect, 400-yard-long, bi-directional wave in the middle of rural California. I have no doubt that both the quality of the wave and the experience is befitting of hosting a world-class CT event. The ocean will always be our home, but as we grow, having the opportunity to showcase and share the stoke of surfing to new audiences and schedule with pinpoint accuracy the huge match-ups and drama of the WSL is really exciting.”

In interviews, Slater, has dropped this single bomb, “In all my life competing, I have never seen so many smiles in one day,” referring to the test event. Start buying your shares in Kelly Slater Wave Company (KSWC), as this technology will be sold to nations should Olympic surfing take off!

Here are the changes to the 2018 Championship Tour, Keramas, Indonesia replacing Fiji, the women surfers joining the men at Jeffreys Bay in South Africa, as well as the removal of Cascais, Portugal and Trestles, CA.

 

2018 World Surf League (WSL) Men's
Championship Tour:

Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast, Australia - March 11 - 22, 2018

Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach, Australia - March 28 - April 8, 2018

Margaret River Pro, Australia - April 11 - 22, 2018

Oi Rio Pro, Brazil - May 10 - 19, 2018

Bali Pro, Indonesia - May 27 - June 9, 2018

Corona Open J-Bay, South Africa - July 2 - 13, 2018

Tahiti Pro Teahupo'o, Tahiti - August 10 - 21, 2018

Surf Ranch Lemoore, California/USA - September 5 - 9, 2018

Quiksilver Pro France, France - October 3 - 14, 2018

Meo Rip Curl Pro Portugal, Portugal - October 16 - 27, 2018

Billabong Pipe Masters, Hawaii/USA - December 8 - 20, 2018

 

2018 World Surf League (WSL) Women's
Championship Tour:

Roxy Pro Gold Coast, Australia - March 11 - 22, 2018

Rip Curl Women’s Pro Bells Beach, Australia - March 28 - April 8, 2018

Margaret River Pro, Australia - April 11 - 22, 2018

Oi Rio Pro, Brazil - May 10 - 19, 2018

Bali Pro, Indonesia - May 27 - June 9, 2018

Corona Open J-Bay, South Africa - July 10 - 17, 2018

Vans US Open of Surfing, USA - July 30 - August 5, 2018

Surf Ranch Lemoore, California/USA. September 5 - 9, 2018

Roxy Pro France, France - October 3 - 14, 2018

Hawaii Women’s Pro, Hawaii/USA - November 25 - December 6, 2018

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