• Australia’s Stephanie Gilmore Gunning for 8th World Title, Unprecedented on Women’s CT
  • Hawaii’s Carissa Moore Sets Sights on 5th World Title
  • Florida’s Caroline Marks Hoping To Build on Last Year’s World No. 2 Finish
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The world’s top female surfers will gather next week on the Valley Isle for the start of the 2021 World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT) as the 12-day waiting period for the Maui Pro presented by ROXY at Honolua Bay begins on Friday, December 4. 

After the cancellation of last year’s CT due to the COVID-19 pandemic, months of anticipation for both surfers and fans will finally reach a climax as the likes of Stephanie GilmoreCarissa Moore, and Caroline Marks do battle with a host of other top contenders in one of the most epic surf breaks in Hawaii, the impeccable but always challenging Honolua Bay.

To be decided during the next nine months of exciting competition is whether Australia’s Gilmore will secure her eighth WSL Title, the most-ever by any woman and just three shy of Kelly Slater’s record-setting eleven World Championships. Or, will Hawaii’s Moore zero in on her fifth WSL Title after re-energizing during the pause in competition. Meanwhile, other top challengers await their chance at greatness, including 2018 Rookie of the Year Marks as well as a strong contingent of other international stars like California’s Lakey Peterson, Australia’s Sally Fitzgibbons, and Brazil’s Tatiana Weston-Webb.

“We could not be more excited to kick off the Championship Tour season on Maui next week,” said Jessi Miley-Dyer, WSL Vice President, Tours and Competition. “We’ve missed the Championship Tour and it will be special to welcome back the world’s best surfers to Honolua Bay. We plan to execute the competition in a safe and responsible environment, thanks to the careful planning and procedures developed with our teams in collaboration with public health officials, medical experts, and local government agencies.”

After working collaboratively with state and county officials to hold the Maui Pro presented by ROXY as a non-spectator film production, the WSL is following coronavirus health and safety procedures and guidelines that include the multiple testing of athletes and staff, physical distancing measures, temperature checks, and minimal personnel on-site. These same standards are in place for the entire film industry in Hawaii and were developed using World Health Organization (WHO) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) best practices and guidelines, along with close consultation with medical experts. 

The Maui Pro presented by ROXY opens on Dec. 4 and runs through Dec. 15, 2020. The competition will be broadcast LIVE on WorldSurfLeague.com and the free WSL app. Also, check local listings for coverage from the WSL’s broadcast partners. The competition will be carried locally in Hawaii by the Spectrum Surf Channel.

For more information, please visit WorldSurfLeague.com

About the WSL 
Established in 1976, the World Surf League (WSL) is the home of the world’s best surfing. 
 
A global sports, media and entertainment company, the WSL oversees international tours and competitions, a studios division creating over 500+ hours of live and on-demand content, and via affiliate WaveCo, the home of the world’s largest high performance, human-made wave. Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, the WSL has regional offices in North America, Latin America, Asia Pacific, and EMEA.
 
The WSL annually crowns the men’s and women’s surfing World Champions. The global Tours and Competition division oversees and operates more than 180 global contests each year across the Championship Tour, the development tiers, including the Challenger, Qualifying and Junior Series, as well as longboard and big wave properties.  
 
Launched in 2019, WSL Studios is an independent producer of unscripted television projects, including documentaries and series, which provide unprecedented access to athletes, events, and locations around the world. WSL events and content are distributed on linear television in over 743M+ homes worldwide and across digital and social media platforms around the world, including WorldSurfLeague.com
 
WaveCo includes the Surf Ranch Lemoore facility and the utilizing and licensing of the Kelly Slater Wave System.
 
The WSL is dedicated to changing the world through the inspirational power of surfing by creating authentic events, experiences, and storytelling to inspire a growing, global community to live with purpose, originality, and stoke.  
 
For more information, please visit WorldSurfLeague.com.

The Maui Pro presented by ROXY opens December 4, 2020, at Honolua Bay, Maui, Hawaii. © WSL