Surprises on The 2018 World Surf League schedule

In 2018, the elite of pro surfing will not return to two iconic venues. The Bali Pro (Indonesia) replaces the Fiji Pro, and the Surf Ranch Lemoore (Central California) replaces the Trestles Pro.

The world’s best surfers won’t be battling at the cobblestone beach south of San Clemente, with the Hurley Pro and Swatch Women’s Pro at Lower Trestles replaced with a stop at Kelly Slater’s new man-made wave hundreds of miles away from the coast.

"Indonesia is universally-regarded as home to world-class waves and is a location where the League is exploring long-term opportunities for the sport. Keramas is a fantastic venue and we are stoked to go there in 2018," underlined Sophie Goldschmidt, CEO at WSL.

According to the WSL executive, the organization could not secure "appropriate support from the government of Fiji" to keep Cloudbreak and Restaurants on the calendar.

Also, the Women's CT will make its debut at Jeffreys Bay, in South Africa, dropping the event held in Cascais, Portugal. However, the WSL notes that it may return to the dropped CT stages in the near future.

The introduction of surf pools in the Championship Tour agenda is the most significant surprise in the 2018 schedule. All other events remain on the season's calendar.

2018 World Surf League | Championship Tour Schedule

Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast | Australia - March 11 - 22, 2018
Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach | Australia - March 28 - April 8, 2018
Margaret River Pro | Australia - April 11 - 22, 2018
Oi Rio Pro | Brazil | May 10 - 19, 2018
Bali Pro | Indonesia | May 27 - June 9, 2018
Corona Open J-Bay | South Africa - July 2 - 13, 2018
Tahiti Pro Teahupo'o | Tahiti - August 10 - 21, 2018
Surf Ranch Lemoore | California/USA - September 5 - 9, 2018
Quiksilver Pro France | France - October 3 - 14, 2018
Meo Rip Curl Pro Portugal| Portugal - October 16 - 27, 2018
Billabong Pipe Masters | Hawaii/USA - December 8 - 20, 2018

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