Fitzgibbons, Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) and Jordy Smith (ZAF) have qualified through the WSL CT for selection for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Following their results at the Roxy Pro and Quiksilver Pro France, Fitzgibbons and Gilmore are guaranteed to finish as the top two Australian women and Smith is confirmed to finish in the Top 10 on the WSL Rankings and each have earned their provisional place to compete in Tokyo.
Surfing will make its Olympic debut in Tokyo in 2020 and the 2019 WSL CT, the elite year-long tour that crowns the World Champions each season, will be an important qualification pathway for the world’s best surfers.
Following the final CT events of 2019 (the Hawaii Pro from November 25 to December 6, 2019 and the Billabong Pipe Masters from December 8 to 20, 2019), the WSL rankings will determine the first 18 eligible Olympic qualifiers (10 men and 8 women), subject to all qualified surfers meeting the ISA’s and IOC’s eligibility requirements and being selected by their respective National Olympic Committee.
There is a maximum of two men and two women for each country that can qualify for the 2020 Games so this year’s CT sees surfers not only battle for the World Title and requalification for the tour but also to finish as one of the top two ranked surfers from their nation.
The remaining 22 places are being determined through the 2019 and 2020 ISA World Surfing Games, the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, and a single slot (each for men and women) for the host nation, Japan.
Competition was called off for the rest of the day after the fourth Quarterfinal and the next call will be on Thursday, October 10 as conditions are expected to be bad with strong onshore winds tomorrow.
The Quiksilver and Roxy Pro France will be broadcast LIVE on WorldSurfLeague.com, the WSL’s Facebook page, and the WSL app. Also, check local listings for coverage from the WSL’s broadcast partners.
Brief Surfline Overview
TUESDAY 8th: Midsize west-northwest swell overtaken by solid new swell. Possible run day.
WEDNESDAY 9th: Significant west-northwest swell and onshore wind. Likely off day.
THURSDAY 10th: Easing west-northwest swell and improving wind. Likely run day.
FRIDAY 11th: Leftover west-northwest swell, favorable wind. Likely run day.
SATURDAY 12th: Fun-size leftovers. Manageable wind. Event likely finished.