The window for the Hurley Pro Sunset Beach presented by SHISEIDO opens February 11, 2022. Credit: © WSL / Chlala
- 2022 CT Season Continues in Hawaii at Stop No. 2
- 11-time World Champion Kelly Slater Now No. 1 on WSL Rankings
- Hurley to Support Moore Aloha Foundation in Event Activation
- More Available at WorldSurfLeague.com
The Hurley Pro Sunset Beach presented by SHISEIDO, the second stop on the World Surf League (WSL) 2022 Championship Tour (CT), is a few days away from opening the waiting period on Friday, February 11. After an epic start of the historic 2022 CT season at Banzai Pipeline, the world’s best surfers are heading to the iconic open-ocean Hawaiian break to continue their fight to make the mid-season cut.
For the first time ever, the women and men have a fully combined schedule in a fully redesigned Tours and Competition framework, with the introduction of the all-new mid-season cut. Surfers need to perform well in the first five events of the season in order to make the WSL Final 5. The class of 2022, formed by 12 rookies, seven World Champions, and countless World Title contenders, already started proving its worth in Hawaii during the Billabong Pro Pipeline, the first stop of the Tour. 11-time World Champion Kelly Slater(USA) earned his 56th CT victory at the world-renowned Banzai Pipeline and is heading to Sunset Beach as World No. 1, while event wildcard Moana Jones Wong (HAW) won his first-ever CT event, became the women’s World No. 1 and earned a wildcard spot at the Hurley Pro Sunset Beach presented by SHISEIDO.
This will be the first time in 13 years that Sunset will host a Championship Tour competition. In the last CT held at Sunset, five-time WSL Champion Carissa Moore (HAW) took the win at the World Cup Sunset Beach against Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), seven-time WSL champion Stephanie Gilmore(AUS), and Alana Blanchard (HAW). Sunset Beach is also known for playing host to other high-level competitions. For many years it has served as the final major event of the men’s Qualifying Series schedule, as a stage to several women’s Pro Junior events.
Some of the 2022 CT rookies have plenty of experience at the famous Hawaiian reef. Gabriela Bryan (HAW) won back-to-back Pro Junior events in 2018 and 2019, and North Shore locals, Luana Silva and Bettylou Sakura Johnson, have also spent a fair proportion of their surfing lives free surfing and competing at Sunset Beach. Johnson made the Final in the Pro Junior in 2020 at the age of 15, while Silva made it to the Semifinals at the same event.
Hurley to Support Moore Aloha Foundation in Event Activation
The Hurley Pro Sunset Beach presented by SHISEIDO is not only a celebration of the world’s best surfing, but of Hawaii, and specifically the North Shore of Oahu, as a whole. As such, Hurley has partnered with North Shore based artist and surfer, Nick Kuchar to commemorate and bring the event to life. Kuchar is known for his vintage-inspired art, a style which he lent to all of the event’s branding and official merchandise. While activating on Oahu, Hurley will support five-time WSL Champion Carissa Moore (HAW) as they host an event in conjunction with her non-profit organization, The Moore Aloha Foundation. The intimate event will host 15 up-and-coming female athletes, as they spend the day with Moore enjoying yoga, lei-making, a surf session, and beach clean up.
The holding period for the Hurley Pro Sunset Beach presented by SHISEIDO, the second stop of the 2022 Championship Tour, runs from February 11 to February 23, 2022. The competition will be broadcast LIVE on WorldSurfLeague.com and WSL’s YouTube channel, as well as the free WSL app. Check local listings for coverage from the WSL’s broadcast partners. For fans watching in Brazil, coverage of the Hurley Pro Sunset Beach presented by SHISEIDO Quarterfinals and beyond will continue exclusively on worldsurfleague.com and SporTV.
The Hurley Pro Sunset Beach presented by SHISEIDO is proudly supported by our partners Hurley, SHISEIDO, Red Bull, Oakley, Hydro, Flask, Havaianas, Expedia, Flying Embers, Pura Vida, Spectrum Hawaii, 805, and Da Fin.
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The health and safety of our athletes, staff, and the local community are of the utmost importance and we have been working closely with local authorities to put a robust set of procedures in place to keep everyone safe. This includes pre-event screening, testing protocols, and minimal personnel on site. In accordance with CDC guidelines and Oahu’s COVID guidance, on-site mask guidelines are recommended.
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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.
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Born from Water, Hurley was founded in Huntington Beach in 1999 on the principle of empowering and fueling the voice of the next generation. Through the lens of inclusion, Hurley has partnered with the world’s best musicians, surfers, skateboarders, snowboarders, and tastemakers, growing into a global youth culture brand with deep roots deep in beach lifestyle. With strong youth programs on both coasts, Hurley helps thousands of kids excel at their sport, upholding a tradition of believing in and supporting promising up and comers. A unique blend of style and performance has Hurley sitting as the global benchmark for innovation both in and out of water. You can find the world of Hurley on www.hurley.com, and follow our journey on Facebook, TikTok and Instagram.