World Surf League

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Sports current event.svg 2019 World Surf League
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SportProfessional Surfing
Founded1976
CountriesInternational
Headquarters Burleigh Heads, Australia
Most recent
champion(s)
Flag of Brazil.svg Gabriel Medina (men)
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Stephanie Gilmore (women)
Official website www.worldsurfleague.com

The World Surf League (WSL) [1] is the governing body for professional surfers and is dedicated to showcasing the world's best talent in a variety of progressive formats. [2] The World Surf League was originally known as the International Professional Surfing founded by Fred Hemmings and Randy Rarick in 1976. IPS created the first world circuit of pro surfing events. In 1983 the Association of Surfing Pros took over management of the world circuit. In 2013, the ASP was acquired by ZoSea, backed by Paul Speaker, Terry Hardy, and Dirk Ziff. [3] At the start of the 2015 season, the ASP changed its name to the World Surf League (WSL). [4] Sophie Goldschmidt was appointed as WSL CEO on July 19, 2017. [5] Paul Speaker had stepped down as CEO on January 11, 2017, [6] and Dirk Ziff acted as the interim WSL CEO until Goldschmidt's appointment.

Surfing sport that consists of riding a wave

Surfing is a surface water sport in which the wave rider, referred to as a surfer, rides on the forward or face of a moving wave, which usually carries the surfer towards the shore. Waves suitable for surfing are primarily found in the ocean, but can also be found in lakes or rivers in the form of a standing wave or tidal bore. However, surfers can also utilize artificial waves such as those from boat wakes and the waves created in artificial wave pools.

Dirk Edward Ziff is an American billionaire businessman, the eldest son of publishing magnate William Bernard Ziff Jr. He and his two brothers inherited the family fortune in 1994.

Sophie Goldschmidt is a British business executive. She is Chief Executive Officer of the World Surf League. Goldschmidt was ranked number 15, on the 2018 Forbes list of the "Most Powerful Women In International Sport," after having announced in January 2018, an exclusive digital broadcasting rights deal for WSL, with Facebook, worth $30 million over two years.

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As of December 2017, the WSL had more than 6.5 million Facebook fans, surpassing more established sports such as the National Hockey League, the Association of Tennis Professionals and Major League Soccer. Sports Business Journal reported that 28 million hours of WSL digital video content were consumed during the 2017 season, making WSL the third most watched sport online, behind NFL and NBA. [7]

In January 2018, Forbes reported that the WSL had signed an exclusive deal for digital broadcast rights, with Facebook, worth $30 million over two years. [7]

<i>Forbes</i> American business magazine

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History

Predecessors

Fred Hemmings, retired from competition as a surfer, began his career as an event promoter and ran the Smirnoff World Pro-Am Surfing Championships between 1969 and 1977.

The International Professional Surfing (IPS) organization was the original world governing body of professional surfing that existed between 1976 and 1982. The IPS brought together a loose affiliation of surf contests around the world by forming one world circuit.

The predecessors of the WSL relates to what organization predominantly represented individual professional surfers at that time. This is an important point because the International Surfing Federation (ISF) still functions to this day as the International Surfing Association (ISA) and also refers to competition winners as world champions (or variants thereof). [8] [9]

International Surfing Association international sport governing body

The International Surfing Association (ISA) is the world governing authority for surfing, SUP racing, SUP surfing, bodyboarding, and all other wave riding activities. The ISA is recognized by the International Olympic Committee.

World Surf League eventually took control of the world pro surfing circuit. (WSL). [4] The WSL has remained the predominant surfing organization and sanctioning body for professional surfers since its formation. [10] The WSL's first world champions were Tom Carroll (men's) and Kim Mearig (women's) in 1983.

Tom Carroll (surfer) Australian surfer

Thomas Victor "Tom" Carroll is an Australian former professional surfer from Sydney. He won the Australian Junior Title in 1978, the Pro Juniors in 1977 and 1980, the 1983 and 1984 ASP World Tour, and the 1987 Pipe Masters. He became the first surfing millionaire after signing a contract with Quiksilver in 1989.

In March 2015, WSL launched a free downloadable app, which garnered more than a million downloads in its first year. The app provides real-time updates on competitions and provides personalized alerts, letting fans know when their favorite athletes are about to enter the water.

In April 2016, the World Surf League introduced WSL PURE, its philanthropic initiative dedicated to supporting ocean health through research, education and advocacy. WSL PURE has contributed an initial $1.5 million in funding that will support scientists from the Columbia University Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, as they lead research into ocean health & ecosystems, ocean acidification, sea-level rise, and the role the oceans play in climate change.

Equal pay for athletes in 2019

On September 5, 2018, the World Surf League announced equal pay for every female and male WSL event. CEO Sophie Goldschmidt said, "This is a huge step forward in our long-planned strategy to elevate women's surfing and we are thrilled to make this commitment as we reveal our new 2019 schedule...". [11] The announcement prompted a conversation about equal pay for professional athletes and the world commended the WSL for leading the way. 7 x world surfing champion Stephanie Gilmore said "I hope this serves as a model for other sports, global organizations and society as a whole. My fellow women athletes and I are honored by the confidence in us, and inspired to reward this decision with ever higher levels of surfing.". [11]

WSL membership

WSL membership is only available to individuals and a few G.C's. [12]

WSL sanctioned tours

WSL World Title Race

The WSL World Title Race is used to determine the WSL Men's World Title and the WSL Women's World Title. The winner is referred to as the WSL Tour Champion. [22]

The WSL Men's World Title is given to the surfer with the most accumulated points from their respective best 9 results from the 11 WSL World Tour events (WSL Qualifying Series (QS) events excluded). [23]

The WSL Women's World Title is given to the surfer with the most accumulated points from their respective best 8 results from the 10 WSL Women's Championship Tour events (WSL Qualifying Series (QS) events excluded).

Championship tours

The WSL Men's Championship Tour (CT) is the men's elite competition consisting of the best 34 professional surfers competing in 11 events (as of 2015). [24] The WSL Men's prize money for winning a CT event is $100,000 US.

2019 Event Schedule:

The WSL Women's Championship Tour is the women's elite competition consisting of the best 17 professional surfers competing in 10 events (as of 2015). [24] The WSL women prize money for winning a CT event is $100,000 US.

2019 Event Schedule:

Event results are converted to points and count towards the WSL World Title Race and the ultimate prize of being called the WSL World Tour Champion.

WSL Qualifying Series events

A WSL QS 10,000 event is held at premium venues with a restricted field and offers WSL QS 10,000 World Rankings points. [15] [16] [25]

A WSL QS 1000, 1500, 3000 event is a lower level of competition, compared to an WSL QS 6000 and 10,000 event, with their importance indicated by how many points they are assigned: more points means generally better competition and prize money. [15] [16] [25]

WSL world ranking

WSL Men's Championship Tour and WSL Women's Championship Tour surfers accumulate points from each WSL Championship Tour and WSL Qualifying Series event they compete in which count towards their WSL World Ranking. [26] [27] Accumulated points are valid for 12 months from the final date of the scheduled event in which they were earned. [28]

Promotion and relegation

WSL World Ranking determines the promotion or relegation of surfers. [28]

2012 tours

The qualifiers for the 2012 ASP World Tour top 34 surfers was determined using a Rotation Points system.

The qualifiers for the 2012 ASP Women's World Tour was determined by a surfer's rank at the conclusion of the 2011 Tour. The top 10 re-qualified for 2012 and the remaining 7 places were taken from the ASP Star Ranking.

2013-2018 tours

The qualifiers for the following year's WSL Championship Tour top 34 surfers [26] will consist of:

  • Top 22 surfers from the previous season of the WSL World Title Rankings;
  • Top 10 surfers from the previous season of the WSL World Qualifying Series (QS) Rankings (those who haven't already qualified in the above) and
  • 2 WSL wildcards.

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Rules

Judging [28]

In contests surfers will be scored on a scale of 0.1 to 10.0, these scores will be broken up into increments of one-tenth. The following scale can be used to relate descriptions with the score:

Judging criteria [28]

Judges will base the score on how successfully surfers display these following elements in each wave:

These elements may be weighted differently from day to day and event to event, depending upon on the surfing conditions and the type of breaking wave at each event location. This criterion is different from in longboarding competitions. All of this is focused on creating some type consistency that can be seen throughout the many different events. [29]

The events themselves are previously declared QS 1,000 - QS 10,000 events; among other things this ranking shows what numbers of judges which are required at the event. QS 1,000 - QS 3,000 Qualifying Series events are required to have a six judge panel with four judges on each heat. A QS 4,000 - QS 6,000 Qualifying Series event requires seven judges with five of those judges on each heat. At QS 5,000 - QS 10,000 Qualifying Series events there are only allowed to be 3 judges from any one region. This is then limited to two at any world championship events. All events also require an WSL approved head judge who has the ability to make corrections to errors or any other events that may have affected the results. [28]

Rules

There are many rules out in the water that all revolve around the idea of right of way. A surfer has the right of way if he or she is closer to the area where the wave is breaking, this is more commonly referred to as having the inside position. If another surfer takes off in front of the surfer that has the inside position, then interference will be called, and penalties will be enacted. In most circumstances it does not matter who stood up first but who has the inside position. [28]

A surfer can also be found guilty of interference if they catch more than their maximum number of waves in a heat and that this takes away from the other competitors ability to catch waves. A competitor is also not allowed to interfere with another competitor's paddling and maneuvering for a wave. [28]

The rules of right of way vary slightly with the type of break. Point Breaks will always have a consistent direct of what is inside, that is, the person further up the line will have right of way. In a single peak situation where there is both a left and a right two people are able to be on the wave at the same time, provided that one goes left and one goes right and that neither crosses the path of the other to go one direction. If this does happen then, the surfer who stood up first will get the right of way. On a multi-peaked wave where the wave eventually comes together, both peaks can be surfed until the surfers come together. When they do the surfer who stood up first has right of way, and the other must maneuver to get off the wave without interrupting the other surfer. [28]

In a one-on-one competition, priority can be declared by the Head Judge. Once the person with priority has paddled for a wave priority is then turned over to the next person until that person does the same. The person with second priority can paddle for waves as long as it does not interfere with the other person who will lose their priority only if they catch a wave. [28]

A surfer who has already taken off or obtained possession of a wave maintains this position until the end of their ride. If another surfer takes off on the inside of this surfer, then this person does not obtain priority and is considered to be snaking. If this surfer does not hurt the other surfers ride, then both people can be scored based. If the judges determine that the snaking did interfere then the person will be penalized. Interference penalties are called by the judges and must have a majority to be declared an actual penalty. Interference are shown as triangles on the score cards in various different ways depending on when or where in the heat they were made. If three or more waves are being scored than one wave will be dropped off the score card. If only the top two waves are being scored, then 50% of the second best-scored wave will be taken off. If a surfer has more than one then 50% of the best waves score will be taken off also. The surfer who has been interfered with will be allowed an additional wave to their maximum as long as it is within the time limit. If a surfer interferes more than twice in a heat then they must leave the competition area. [28]

WSL Championship Tour champions

Carissa Moore 2015 Women's Championship Tour Champion Carissa moore 2011 biarritz.jpg
Carissa Moore 2015 Women's Championship Tour Champion

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YearWSL Men's Championship Tour [31] WSL Women's Championship Tour [31]
NamePointsNamePoints
2018 Flag of Brazil.svg  Gabriel Medina [2] (BRA)62,490Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Stephanie Gilmore [7] (AUS)61,175
2017 Flag of Hawaii.svg  John John Florence [2] (HAW)58,100Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Tyler Wright [2] (AUS)54,400
2016 Flag of Hawaii.svg  John John Florence  (HAW)59,850Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Tyler Wright  (AUS)72,500
2015 Flag of Brazil.svg  Adriano De Souza  (BRA)57,700Flag of Hawaii.svg  Carissa Moore [3] (HAW)66,200
ASP World Tour
2014 Flag of Brazil.svg  Gabriel Medina  (BRA)62,800Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Stephanie Gilmore [6] (AUS)64,200
2013 Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Mick Fanning [3] (AUS)54,400Flag of Hawaii.svg  Carissa Moore [2] (HAW)59,500
2012 Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Joel Parkinson  (AUS)58,700Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Stephanie Gilmore [5] (AUS)48,400
2011 Flag of the United States.svg  Kelly Slater [11] (USA)68,100Flag of Hawaii.svg  Carissa Moore  (HAW)55,000
2010 Flag of the United States.svg  Kelly Slater [10] (USA)69,000Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Stephanie Gilmore [4] (AUS)7,284
2009 Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Mick Fanning [2] (AUS)7,140Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Stephanie Gilmore [3] (AUS)6,169
2008 Flag of the United States.svg  Kelly Slater [9] (USA)8,042Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Stephanie Gilmore [2] (AUS)7,188
2007 Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Mick Fanning  (AUS)8,136Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Stephanie Gilmore  (AUS)6,708
2006 Flag of the United States.svg  Kelly Slater [8] (USA)8,124Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Layne Beachley [7] (AUS)6,374
2005 Flag of the United States.svg  Kelly Slater [7] (USA)7,962Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Chelsea Georgeson  (AUS)7,080
2004 Flag of Hawaii.svg  Andy Irons [3] (HAW)7,824Flag of Peru.svg  Sofia Mulanovich  (PER)5,484
2003 Flag of Hawaii.svg  Andy Irons [2] (HAW)8,964Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Layne Beachley [6] (AUS)3,696
2002 Flag of Hawaii.svg  Andy Irons  (HAW)8,102Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Layne Beachley [5] (AUS)3,200
2001 Flag of the United States.svg  C. J. Hobgood  (USA)3,094Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Layne Beachley [4] (AUS)1,760
2000 Flag of Hawaii.svg  Sunny Garcia  (HAW)7,270Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Layne Beachley [3] (AUS)5,730
1999 Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Mark Occhilupo  (AUS)7,120Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Layne Beachley [2] (AUS)8,080
1998 Flag of the United States.svg  Kelly Slater [6] (USA)6,398Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Layne Beachley  (AUS)7,920
1997 Flag of the United States.svg  Kelly Slater [5] (USA)8,260Flag of the United States.svg  Lisa Andersen [4] (USA)8,520
1996 Flag of the United States.svg  Kelly Slater [4] (USA)9,540Flag of the United States.svg  Lisa Andersen [3] (USA)12,750
1995 Flag of the United States.svg  Kelly Slater [3] (USA)6,040Flag of the United States.svg  Lisa Andersen [2] (USA)12,920
1994 Flag of the United States.svg  Kelly Slater [2] (USA)6,660Flag of the United States.svg  Lisa Andersen  (USA)7,650
1993 Flag of Hawaii.svg  Derek Ho  (HAW)5,510Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Pauline Menczer  (AUS)7,080
1992 Flag of the United States.svg  Kelly Slater  (USA)7,765Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Wendy Botha [4] (AUS)10,205
1991 Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Damien Hardman [2] (AUS)12,854Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Wendy Botha [3] (AUS)7,424
1990 Flag of the United States.svg  Tom Curren [3] (USA)17,612Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Pam Burridge  (AUS)14,440
1989 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Martin Potter  (UK)20,665Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Wendy Botha [2] (AUS)14,380
1988 Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Barton Lynch  (AUS)17,475Flag of the United States.svg  Freida Zamba [4] (USA)7,960
1987/88Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Damien Hardman  (AUS)13,690Flag of South Africa (1928-1994).svg  Wendy Botha  (RSA)8,220
1986/87Flag of the United States.svg  Tom Curren [2] (USA)13,115Flag of the United States.svg  Freida Zamba [3] (USA)9,230
1985/86Flag of the United States.svg  Tom Curren  (USA)11,490Flag of the United States.svg  Freida Zamba [2] (USA)5,320
1984/85Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Tom Carroll [2] (AUS)9,460.38Flag of the United States.svg  Freida Zamba  (USA)3,400
1983/84Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Tom Carroll  (AUS)6,830Flag of the United States.svg  Kim Mearig  (USA)3,125
IPS World Circuit
1982Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Mark Richards [5] (AUS)6,917Flag of the United States.svg  Debbie Beacham  (USA)3,059.14
1981Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Mark Richards [4] (AUS)6,211.52Flag of Hawaii.svg  Margo Oberg [3] (HAW)3,850
1980Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Mark Richards [3] (AUS)6,890Flag of Hawaii.svg  Margo Oberg [2] (HAW)2,000
1979Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Mark Richards [2] (AUS)6,781.14Flag of Hawaii.svg  Lynn Boyer [2] (HAW)3,722.50
1978Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Wayne Bartholomew  (AUS)5,749.25Flag of Hawaii.svg  Lynn Boyer  (HAW)3,986.14
1977Flag of South Africa (1928-1994).svg  Shaun Tomson  (RSA)5,948.3Flag of Hawaii.svg  Margo Oberg  (HAW)4,850
1976Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Peter Townend  (AUS)5,593
Smirnoff World Pro-Am Surfing Championships
1975Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Mark Richards  (AUS)
1974Flag of Hawaii.svg  Reno Abellira  (HAW)
1973Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Ian Cairns  (AUS)
ISF World Surfing Championships
1972 - San Diego, USAFlag of Hawaii.svg  James Blears  (HAW)Flag of the United States.svg  Sharon Webber  (USA)
1970 - Torquay / Lorne / Johanna, AUSFlag of the United States.svg  Rolf Aurness  (USA)Flag of the United States.svg  Sharon Webber  (USA)
1968 - Rincon, Puerto Rico, PRFlag of Hawaii.svg  Fred Hemmings  (HAW)Flag of the United States.svg  Margo Godfrey  (USA)
1966 - San Diego, USAFlag of Australia (converted).svg  Nat Young  (AUS)Flag of the United States.svg  Joyce Hoffman [2] (USA)
1965 - Punta Rocas, PeruFlag of Peru.svg  Felipe Pomar  (PER)Flag of the United States.svg  Joyce Hoffman  (USA)
1964 - Manly, AUSFlag of Australia (converted).svg  Midget Farrelly  (AUS)Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Phyllis O'Donnell  (AUS)

WSL Longboard Championship Tour champions

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YearWSL World Longboard Tour [31] WSL Women's World Longboard Tour [31]
NamePointsNamePoints
2018Flag of South Africa.svg  Steven Sawyer  (ZAF)-Flag of the United States.svg  Soleil Errico  (USA)-
2017Flag of the United States.svg  Taylor Jensen [3] (USA)15,200Flag of Hawaii.svg  Honolua Blomfield  (HAW)16,500
2016Flag of Brazil.svg  Phil Rajzman [2] (BRA)10,000Flag of the United States.svg  Tory Gilkerson  (USA)10,000
2015Flag of Peru.svg  Piccolo Clemente [2] (PER)10,000Flag of the United States.svg  Rachael Tilly  (USA)10,000
2014Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Harley Ingleby [2] (AUS)10,000Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Chelsea Williams  (AUS)10,000
2013Flag of Peru.svg  Piccolo Clemente  (PER)-Flag of Hawaii.svg  Kelia Moniz [2] (HAW)-
2012Flag of the United States.svg  Taylor Jensen [2] (USA)-Flag of Hawaii.svg Kelia Moniz (HAW)-
2011Flag of the United States.svg Taylor Jensen (USA)16,000Flag of the United States.svg  Lindsay Steinriede  (USA)15,200
2010Flag of Hawaii.svg  Duane DeSoto  (HAW)Flag of the United States.svg  Cori Schumacher [3] (USA)
2009Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Harley Ingleby  (AUS)Flag of the United States.svg Jennifer Smith[2] (USA)
2008Flag of Hawaii.svg  Bonga Perkins  (HAW)Flag of Hawaii.svg Joy Magelssen Monahan (HAW)
2007Flag of Brazil.svg  Phil Rajzman  (BRA)Flag of the United States.svg Jennifer Smith (USA)
2006Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Josh Constable  (AUS)Flag of the United States.svg Schuyler McFerran (USA)
2005Cancelled cross.svgCancelledFlag of the United States.svg  Kristy Murphy  (USA)
2004Flag of the United States.svg  Joel Tudor [2] (USA)Flag of the United States.svg  Summer Romero  (USA)
2003Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Beau Young [2] (AUS)Flag of the United States.svg  Daize Shayne [2] (USA)
2002Flag of the United States.svg  Colin McPhillips [3] (USA)Flag of the United States.svg  Kim Hamrock  (USA)
2001Flag of the United States.svg Colin McPhillips [2] (USA)Flag of the United States.svg Cori Schumacher [2] (USA)
2000Flag of Australia (converted).svg Beau Young (AUS)Flag of the United States.svg Cori Schumacher (USA)
1999Flag of the United States.svg Colin McPhillips (USA)Flag of the United States.svg Daize Shayne (USA)
1998Flag of the United States.svg Joel Tudor (USA)
1997Flag of Hawaii.svg Dino Miranda (HAW)
1996Flag of Hawaii.svg Bonga Perkins (HAW)
1995Flag of Hawaii.svg  Rusty Keaulana [3] (HAW)
1994Flag of Hawaii.svg Rusty Keaulana [2] (HAW)
1993Flag of Hawaii.svg Rusty Keaulana (HAW)
1992Flag of the United States.svg Joey Hawkins (USA)
1991Flag of Australia (converted).svg Martin McMillan (AUS)
1990Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Nat Young [4] (AUS)
1989Flag of Australia (converted).svg Nat Young [3] (AUS)
1988Flag of Australia (converted).svg Nat Young [2] (AUS)
1987/88Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Stuart Entwistle  (AUS)
1986/87Flag of Australia (converted).svg Nat Young (AUS)

WSL World Junior champions

YearWSL Men's World Junior [31] WSL Women's World Junior [31]
NamePointsNamePoints
2018Flag of Brazil.svg  Mateus Herdy  (BRA)-Flag of the United States.svg  Kirra Pinkerton  (USA)-
2017Flag of Hawaii.svg  Finn McGill  (HAW)-Flag of French Polynesia.svg  Vahine Fierro  (PYF)-
2016Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Ethan Ewing  (AUS)-Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Macy Callaghan  (AUS)-
2015Flag of Brazil.svg  Lucas Silveira  (BRA)-Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Isabella Nichols  (AUS)-
2014Flag of Portugal.svg  Vasco Ribeiro  (POR)-Flag of Hawaii.svg  Mahina Maeda  (HAW)-
2013Flag of Brazil.svg  Gabriel Medina  (BRA)-Flag of New Zealand.svg  Ella Williams  (NZL)-
2012Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Jack Freestone [2] (AUS)-Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Nikki van Dijk  (AUS)-
2011Flag of Brazil.svg  Caio Ibelli  (BRA)-Flag of Hawaii.svg  Leila Hurst  (HAW)-
2010Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Jack Freestone  (AUS)-Flag of France.svg  Alizee Arnaud  (FRA)-
2009Flag of France.svg  Maxime Huscenot  (FRA)-Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Laura Enever  (AUS)-
2008Flag of Hawaii.svg  Kai Barger  (HAW)Flag of France.svg  Pauline Ado  (FRA)-
2007Flag of Brazil.svg  Pablo Paulino [2] (BRA)-Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Sally Fitzgibbons  (AUS)-
2006Flag of South Africa.svg  Jordy Smith  (ZAF)-Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Nicola Atherton  (AUS)-
2005Flag of Hawaii.svg  Kekoa Bacalso  (HAW)-Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Jessi Miley-Dyer  (AUS)-
2004Flag of Brazil.svg  Pablo Paulino  (BRA)---
2003Flag of Brazil.svg  Adriano De Souza  (BRA)---
2002Cancelled cross.svgCancelled (no dates available)---
2001Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Joel Parkinson [2] (AUS)---
2000Flag of Brazil.svg  Pedro Henrique  (BRA)---
1999Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Joel Parkinson  (AUS)---
1998Flag of Hawaii.svg  Andy Irons  (HAW)---

WSL Big Wave Championship Tour champions

YearWSL World Big Wave Tour [31] WSL Women's World Big Wave Tour [31]
NamePointsNamePoints
2017Flag of Hawaii.svg  Billy Kemper  (HAW)27,140Flag of Hawaii.svg  Paige Alms  (HAW)10,000
2016Flag of South Africa.svg  Grant Baker  (ZAF)25,018Flag of Hawaii.svg  Paige Alms  (HAW)12,500
2015Flag of the United States.svg  Greg Long  (USA)21,266
2014Flag of Hawaii.svg  Makuakai Rothman  (HAW)20,833
2013Flag of South Africa.svg  Grant Baker  (ZAF)2,459
2012Flag of the United States.svg  Greg Long  (USA)2,155
2011Flag of the United States.svg  Peter Mel  (USA)1,472
2010Flag of Hawaii.svg  Jamie Sterling  (HAW)2,509
2009Flag of Brazil.svg  Carlos Burle  (BRA)2,443

Men's Triple Crown Champions

YearWSL Triple Crown Champions [31]
NamePoints
2018Flag of Brazil.svg  Jesse Mendes  (BRA)17,100
2017Flag of the United States.svg  Griffin Colapinto  (USA)-
2016Flag of Hawaii.svg  John John Florence  (HAW)-
2015Flag of Brazil.svg  Gabriel Medina  (BRA)-
2014Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Julian Wilson  (AUS)-
2013Flag of Hawaii.svg  John John Florence  (HAW)-
2012Flag of Hawaii.svg  Sebastien Zietz  (HAW)-
2011Flag of Hawaii.svg  John John Florence  (HAW)-
2010Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Joel Parkinson  (AUS)-
2009Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Joel Parkinson  (AUS)-
2008Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Joel Parkinson  (AUS)-
2007Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Bede Durbidge  (AUS)-
2006Flag of Hawaii.svg  Andy Irons  (HAW)-
2005Flag of Hawaii.svg  Andy Irons  (HAW)-
2004Flag of Hawaii.svg  Sunny Garcia  (HAW)-
2003Flag of Hawaii.svg  Andy Irons  (HAW)-
2002Flag of Hawaii.svg  Andy Irons  (HAW)-
2001Flag of Hawaii.svg  Myles Padaca  (HAW)-
2000Flag of Hawaii.svg  Sunny Garcia  (HAW)-
1999Flag of Hawaii.svg  Sunny Garcia  (HAW)-
1998Flag of the United States.svg  Kelly Slater  (USA)-
1997Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Michael Rommelse  (AUS)-
1996Flag of Hawaii.svg  Kaipo Jaquias  (HAW)-
1995Flag of the United States.svg  Kelly Slater  (USA)-
1994Flag of Hawaii.svg  Sunny Garcia  (HAW)-
1993Flag of Hawaii.svg  Sunny Garcia  (HAW)-
1992Flag of Hawaii.svg  Sunny Garcia  (HAW)-
1991Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Tom Carroll  (AUS)-
1990Flag of Hawaii.svg  Derek Ho  (HAW)-
1989Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Gary Elkerton  (AUS)-
1988Flag of Hawaii.svg  Derek Ho  (HAW)-
1987Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Tom Carroll  (AUS)-
1986Flag of Hawaii.svg  Derek Ho  (HAW)-
1985Flag of Hawaii.svg  Michael Ho  (HAW)-
1984Flag of Hawaii.svg  Derek Ho  (HAW)-
1983Flag of Hawaii.svg  Michael Ho  (HAW)-

Multiple world championships

[30]

Qualifier for list is to hold a minimum of two world championship titles across the categories. [24]

Calculations include world championship titles outside of the WSL as discussed in Predecessors to the WSL section.

Top Nations

[30]

CountryChampionship Tour (CT)
(Men & Women)
Junior Championships (JC)
(Boys & Girls)
Big Wave Championship Tour (BW)
(Men & Women)
Triple Crown Champions
(Men)
Longboard Championships (LC)
(Men & Women)
Total
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 4012-91374
Flag of Hawaii.svg  Hawaii 1865221364
Flag of the United States.svg  United States 311332159
Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 3812216
Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa 512-19
Flag of Peru.svg  Peru 2---24
Flag of France.svg  France -3---3
Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal -2---2
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  United Kingdom 1----1
Flag of French Polynesia.svg  French Polynesia -1---1
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand -1---1

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