The 2024 CT will include nine regular-season events in seven countries, starting in January at Pipeline, Hawaii. The Mid-season Cut will come into action following Stop No. 5 in Margaret River, Australia. Surfers who make the Cut will compete in Tahiti, El Salvador, and Brazil before a break for the Olympic Games Paris 2024.
The final event of the regular season will see the world’s best surfers return to the iconic Cloudbreak in Fiji and battle for a place in the WSL Final 5. Cloudbreak is a world-renowned reef pass located offshore the island of Tavarua in Fiji. It is one of the most awe-inspiring left-hand barrels and can hold waves anywhere from two-to-20 feet. Due to its fast and powerful nature, it is known as a highly advanced and heavy wave.
For 2024, the WSL Finals will return to Lower Trestles in San Clemente, California, where the men’s and women’s Top 5 surfers will face off for the World Titles in the one-day, winner-take-all format. The waiting period will run from September 6 to 14, 2024, which is the ideal time of year for favorable Southern Hemisphere swells at one of the most high-performance waves in the world.
Held earlier this month on September 9, the WSL Finals shattered the record for the most-watched day of professional surfing in WSL history. With 10.7 million video views on the single day, the WSL surpassed the 2022 viewership numbers by 29%. The competition was also distributed via the WSL’s linear broadcast partners, whose audiences elevated the viewership even further. For example, viewership on Globo/SporTV, the WSL’s broadcast partner in Brazil, totaled over one million viewers, an increase of 16% from 2022. In the lead-up to the competition, the WSL delivered 25 million video-on-demand views, marking a 58% increase from the previous year. Carrying the success of the 2023 CT finale, the WSL will continue this momentum into the 2024 season, where the world’s best surfers will compete on the world’s best waves.