World Surf League (WSL) Surf Ranch Pro
In a couple of days, the next World Surf League (WSL) the governing body of the World Championship of Surfing, will host its event - The Surf Ranch Pro.
This isn’t an ordinary event as it’s contested in the middle of California, in a wave pool - owned and designed by 11 times World Surfing Champion, and possibly the best sportsman in history (go on - challenge me on this!) Kelly Slater.
Why is it such a different format - well in a normal surfing competition, Surfers are exposed to the elements - changes in tides (low tide - high tide) wind, swell size - all of which can play havoc with contest organisers and competitors. This doesn’t happen in a manufactured wave - every wave is very similar - so competitors need to find a point of difference to stand out from the rest of the top surfers from around the globe.
The format is slightly different too - all amounting to quite an exciting few days of surfing.
Who's going to win - this is very open to anyone in competition. Male and Female - they’ll be out to impress, trying to get as deep in the tube for as long as they can, catching air’s, and adding new tricks to show a point of difference.
Exciting times ahead for surfers 🤙