Today, the World Surf League (WSL) announced the location for the 2022 Rip Curl WSL Finals
and released the updated 2022 Championship Tour (CT) schedule. As part of Rip Curl's three-year partnership, the second edition of the one-day, winner-take-all showdown, the Rip Curl WSL Finals, will return to California State Parks, San Onofre State Beach, Lower Trestles. The 2022 Rip Curl WSL Finals waiting period will run from September 8 - 16, an ideal time of year for solid Southern Hemisphere swells to light up the cobblestone point of one of the most high-performance waves in the world.
At the conclusion of the regular 2022 CT season, the top five men and top five women on the CT rankings will head to Lowers in San Clemente where they will battle head-to-head for the World Title.
"The inaugural edition of the Rip Curl WSL Finals was an incredible success," said Erik Logan, WSL CEO. "To see the WSL Final 5 go head-to-head in amazing waves and to witness the women's and men's World Titles be decided on the same day, in the water, for the first time was special. This new format captivated our audience and drove consumption like never before and was the most-watched day of professional surfing with the largest live digital audience in WSL history. We are excited to return to Lowers this season."
Rip Curl's commitment and support of professional surfing continues through the three-year partnership of the Rip Curl WSL Finals.
"We're incredibly supportive of the return to Lower Trestles for the 2022 Rip Curl WSL Finals," said Brooke Farris, Rip Curl CEO. "As a world-class, high-performance wave, it's the perfect canvas for the world's best surfers to push the boundaries of what's possible in the water. While our brand was born at Bells Beach Australia, Rip Curl has an incredible heritage at Trestles, the surfing heart of California. We're beyond excited to continue building on our brand's legacy as we partner with the WSL to crown the undisputed world champions of surfing."
New CT Format with Combined Men's and Women's Schedule Kicks Off at Pipeline.
For the first time, the men's and women's CT will be completely combined, with the male and female athletes competing at the same CT venues with an equal number of competitions, and the continuation of equal prize money. The new CT format will also introduce the mid-season cut before concluding at the Rip Curl WSL Finals in Lower Trestles.
The 2022 WSL CT will include 10 regular-season events in seven countries, starting with the Billabong Pro Pipeline in January at the world-famous Banzai Pipeline in Hawaii. This will mark the first-ever men's and women's combined event at the legendary break. G-Land in Indonesia returns to the CT schedule for the first time in 24 years for the men, and for the first time ever for the women (Quiksilver / ROXY Pro G-Land). The world's best surfers will also compete in El Salvador, in the Surf City El Salvador Pro, for the first time on the CT. The regular season will conclude in August, at Teahupo'o in Tahiti, and provides one last opportunity for surfers to make the WSL Final 5 before the second-annual Rip Curl WSL Finals in September.