World Surf League’s 2020 season canceled due to coronavirus

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The 2020 World Surf League season has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“While we firmly believe that surfing is amongst the sports best suited for competition to be held safely during the age of unresolved COVID, we have huge respect for the ongoing concerns of many in our community as the world works to resolve this,” WSL CEO Erik Logan said, according to the organization.

The WSL schedule was due to start in late March, but the opener in Gold Coast, Australia, was canceled 11 days before its start due to the virus. On April 28, the WSL announced all contests through June were postponed. The season traditionally runs into early December.

The 2020-21 season is scheduled to start in November for the women and December for the men, both in Hawaii, subject to local approval and safe travel.

The season will end with a new, one-day, surf-off WSL Finals to crown world champions in September 2021 at a to-be-announced venue. The top five women and top five men in the standings after the 10-contest regular season will compete at that event. Men and women will have the same number of contests for the first time in one season.

Logan previously said the surfer ranked No. 1 through the Championship Tour regular season will have “a distinct advantage” going into the WSL Finals.

Most of the field is set for surfing’s Olympic debut in 2021, led by the top 10 men and top eight women from the 2019 season standings, maximum two per country. The U.S. qualifiers were world champion Carissa Moore and runner-up Caroline Marks and Kolohe Andino and John John Florence, who beat out Kelly Slater.

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