A beginner’s guide to the WSL Champs

A beginner’s guide to the WSL Champs

A beginner’s guide to the WSL Champs


The world’s best surfers are waxing up their boards ready to surf their way to a champion title with Quiksilver and Roxy Pro. The competition starts today, right through until March 22, 2018. See 37 men  and 17 female and wildcards vie for champion status.

The event takes place on the beautiful Gold Coast, at Coolangatta. It’s going to be a star-studded event. During the men’s final trials young Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA) took the win for the Quiksilver Pro round one, despite breaking his board.

This year, as surfers make their way out to the break, they will be accompanied by jet ski. With Mick Fanning’s  close shark encounters, the competition organisers are being viligent to ensure each competitor feels safe, so they can focus on a strong performance.

There are eight rounds for the men, and seven rounds for the women.
Five judges score rate each on a scale of one (being the lowest) to 10.  The two best scoring waves, (the highest and lowest scores from their rounds are omitted to find an average) are calculated for the final score in a heat.

Judges evaluate each surfer on the difficulty; creativeness, speed, power and flow.

The swell

Good surf around 3ft and over for the first day of competition with the swell dropping to approximately 2-3ft during the second week will make for an exciting watch. Early Southerly breezes will make for favourable surfing conditions, but will change to south-easterlies through the day, so surfers can expect Snapper Rocks to be relatively clean.

Where to watch WSL CT

Unless you live locally, you will have to sign up to Facebook to view all the action live after WSL struck a deal between WSL with the social media channel.

How to get there?

Public transport is your best bet as parking is limited. Catch or park at Twin Towns in Tweed Heads, then is only a short walk from there.

How much does it cost?

Admission is free.

John John Florence