Lower Trestles replaced on 2018 CT schedule by WSL Surf Ranch event

The World Surf League (WSL) just this morning has released their 2018 Championship Tour (CT) schedule, with some very notable changes. It was reported last week that an event at the WSL Surf Ranch (aka Kelly Slater’s wave pool) was officially added to the CT schedule for next year in September. But now we find out that it is taking the place of the long-standing event at the iconic California wave of Lower Trestles.

In addition to losing the Lower Trestles stop, the Fiji event is also being replaced by an event at Keramas in Bali. Other major changes include the loss of the Women’s event in Portugal and the addition of the Women joining the Men at Jeffreys Bay in South Africa.

The site of the Hurley Pro and Swatch Pro at Lower Trestles. Photo: Courtesy of Sean Rowland/WSL

Having already confirmed that the CT would host a Men’s and Women’s event at the Surf Ranch, this is clearly the biggest news that the WSL would like to emphasize.

“The 2018 calendar has some of the most significant changes we have implemented in many years,” WSL Commissioner Kieren Perrow said in the press release. “While we sadly depart from some locations and say ‘thank you’ to the communities who have supported us, we are also excited with the return to Indonesia and to hold the first ever CT event in a wave system at Surf Ranch.”

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 – Aug. 10 – 21, 2018
– Surf Ranch Lemoore, California/USA. Sept. 5 – 9, 2018
– Quiksilver Pro France, France – Oct. 3 – 14, 2018
– MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal, Portugal – Oct. 16 – 27, 2018
– Billabong Pipe Masters, Hawaii/USA – Dec. 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 – Aug. 5, 2018
– Surf Ranch Lemoore, California/USA. Sept. 5 – 9, 2018
– Roxy Pro France, France – Oct. 3 – 14, 2018
– Hawaii Women’s Pro, Hawaii/USA – Nov. 25 – Dec. 6, 2018

Keramas in Bali, Indonesia was previously on the CT and was last run in 2013, so it will be cool to see the world’s best surfers return to one of the most playful waves in the world.

As surfer’s representative Adrian Buchan said of the changes, “Whilst we are disappointed at losing Fiji and Trestles for 2018, we are really excited to be returning to Keramas, Indonesia and for the inaugural Surf Ranch event. I have no doubt that the 2018 season will be injected with some fresh excitement from these new venues.”

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