World Surf League drops Gold Coast from championship tour

The World Surf League (WSL) has ditched the Gold Coast as a world surfing championship tour venue, despite the event having been at Snapper Rocks for two decades.

The World Surf League championship kicked started its season on the Gold Coast with the men’s Quiksilkver and women’s Roxy Pro, but has instead relegated it to a qualifying event.

It is a final blow, after the Gold Coast lost the event this year to NSW after the Palaszczuk Government failed to meet the WSL requirements for funding and quarantine arrangements.

The qualifying event will now be held in May from 2022 to 2024.

“We’re genuinely excited to be hosting the opening event of the 2022 Challenger Series here on the Gold Coast, Australia,” WSL Asia Pacific boss Andrew Stark said.

“The eight stops on the Challenger Series are all world-class waves and giving our CS competitors the opportunity to launch their season at one of the best point breaks in the world is something we’re really proud of.

“We can’t wait to continue the tradition of running blockbuster international professional surfing events here on the Gold Coast.”

The WSL championship tour will now start at Hawaii’s Banzai Pipeline. Australia will still host two of the 10 events, at Bells Beach and Margaret River, in April.