World Surf League

The World Surf League (WSL)[1] is the governing body for professional surfers and is dedicated to showcasing the world's best talent in a variety of progressive formats.[2] The World Surf League was originally known as the International Professional Surfing founded by Fred Hemmings and Randy Rarick in 1976. IPS created the first world circuit of pro surfing events. In 1983 the Association of Surfing Pros took over management of the world circuit. In 2013, the ASP was acquired by ZoSea, backed by Paul Speaker, Terry Hardy, and Dirk Ziff.[3] At the start of the 2015 season, the ASP changed its name to the World Surf League.[4] Sophie Goldschmidt was appointed as WSL CEO on 19 July 2017.[5] Paul Speaker had stepped down as CEO on 11 January 2017,[6] and Dirk Ziff acted as the interim WSL CEO until Goldschmidt's appointment.

World Surf League
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2021 World Surf League
World Surf League Logo 2020.png
SportProfessional Surfing
HeadquartersSanta Monica, California
Most recent
Brazil Italo Ferreira (men)
United States Carissa Moore (women)

As of December 2017, the WSL had more than 6.5 million Facebook fans, surpassing more established sports such as the National Hockey League, the Association of Tennis Professionals and Major League Soccer. Sports Business Journal reported that 28 million hours of WSL digital video content were consumed during the 2017 season, making WSL the third most watched sport online in United States behind NFL and NBA.[7]

In January 2018, Forbes reported that the WSL had signed an exclusive deal for digital broadcast rights, with Facebook, worth $30 million over two years.[7]

Erik Logan, Former Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) President and Executive Vice President at Harpo Studios, was appointed as WSL CEO on 14 January 2020.[8]



  • 1964 to 1972, International Surfing Federation (ISF) held the World Surfing Championships as a single event every two years and was open to all comers.
  • 1973 to 1975, Smirnoff World Pro-Am Surfing Championships, occasionally referred to as the de facto professional world championship. The International Surfing Federation had been unable to establish a format or sponsorship so no official amateur championships were held between 1973 and 1975.
  • 1976 to 1982, International Professional Surfers founded by Fred Hemmings and Randy Rarick (IPS) was the original world governing body of professional surfing.

The predecessors of the WSL relates to what organization predominantly represented individual professional surfers at that time. This is an important point because the International Surfing Federation (ISF) still functions to this day as the International Surfing Association (ISA) and also refers to competition winners as world champions (or variants thereof).[9][10]

The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) took over administration of professional surfing in 1983 and crowned world champions until 2015 when the organisation was rebranded as World Surf League (WSL). The ASP/WSL has remained the predominant surfing organization and sanctioning body for professional surfers since its formation.[11] The ASP's first world champions were Tom Carroll (men's) and Kim Mearig (women's) in 1983/84. Split seasons were held from 1983/84 until 1988 when competition reverted to calendar basis. This means that Damian Hardman and Wendy Botha were crowned ASP world Champions for 1987/88, while Barton Lynch and Freida Zamba were crowned ASP world champions for the (shortened) 1988 season. The first WSL world champions were Adriano de Souza (BRA) and Carissa Moore (HAW) in 2015.

In March 2015, WSL launched a free downloadable app, which garnered more than a million downloads in its first year. The app provides real-time updates on competitions and provides personalized alerts, letting fans know when their favorite athletes are about to enter the water.

In April 2016, the World Surf League introduced WSL PURE, its philanthropic initiative dedicated to supporting ocean health through research, education and advocacy. WSL PURE has contributed an initial $1.5 million in funding that will support scientists from the Columbia University Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, as they lead research into ocean health & ecosystems, ocean acidification, sea-level rise, and the role the oceans play in climate change.

Equal pay for athletes in 2019Edit

On 5 September 2018, the World Surf League announced equal pay for every female and male WSL event. CEO Sophie Goldschmidt said, "This is a huge step forward in our long-planned strategy to elevate women's surfing and we are thrilled to make this commitment as we reveal our new 2019 schedule...".[12] The announcement prompted a conversation about equal pay for professional athletes and the world commended the WSL for leading the way. 7 x world surfing champion Stephanie Gilmore said "I hope this serves as a model for other sports, global organizations and society as a whole. My fellow women athletes and I are honored by the confidence in us, and inspired to reward this decision with ever higher levels of surfing.".[12]

COVID-19 impactEdit

On 14 March 2020 the WSL cancelled all events "for the remainder of March", including the opening event of the 2020 Championship Tour (CT) on the Gold Coast in Australia, and the Papara Pro Open.[13] On 16 March the cancellations were extended to the end of May.[14]

More events were cancelled in January 2021, Sunset, Big Wave Jaws Championship Pe’ahi and the Santa Cruz Pro.[15]

WSL membershipEdit

WSL membership is only available to individuals and a few G.C's.[16]

WSL sanctioned toursEdit

  • WSL Men's Championship Tour (CT)[17]
  • WSL Women's Championship Tour (CT)[18]
  • WSL Men's Qualifying Series (QS)[19]
  • WSL Women's Qualifying Series (QS)[20]
  • WSL Men's Longboard Championships[21]
  • WSL Women's Longboard Championships[22] and
  • WSL Junior Championships.[23][24]
  • WSL Big Wave Tour[25]

WSL World Title RaceEdit

The WSL World Title Race is used to determine the WSL Men's World Title and the WSL Women's World Title. The winner is referred to as the WSL Tour Champion.[26]

The WSL Men's World Title is given to the surfer with the most accumulated points from their respective best 9 results from the 11 WSL World Tour events (WSL Qualifying Series (QS) events excluded).[27]

The WSL Women's World Title is given to the surfer with the most accumulated points from their respective best 8 results from the 10 WSL Women's Championship Tour events (WSL Qualifying Series (QS) events excluded).

Championship toursEdit

Event winners win a total of $100.000. Total prize pool per event in men's competition is $607.800 and for women's only $420.800, as they have less surfers on tour. Event results are converted to points and count towards the World Title Race, the surfers with the most points by the end of the event schedules are considered as world surfing champions.

The Men's Championship Tour (CT) is the men's elite competition consisting of the best 34 professional surfers competing in 11 events (as of 2015).[28]

2019 Men's event schedule:

The Women's Championship Tour (CT) is the women's elite competition consisting of the best 17 professional surfers competing in 10 events (as of 2015).[28]

2019 Women's event schedule:

  • Boost Mobile Pro Gold Coast: 3–13 April 2019
  • Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach: 17–27 April 2019
  • Corona Bali Protected: 13–24 May 2019
  • Margaret River Pro: 27 May – 7 June 2019
  • Oi Rio Pro: 20–28 June 2019
  • Corona Open J-Bay: 9–22 July 2019
  • Freshwater Pro: 19–22 September 2019
  • Roxy Pro France: 3–13 October 2019
  • MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal: 16–28 October 2019
  • lululemon Maui Pro: 25 November – 7 December 2019

WSL Qualifying Series eventsEdit

Surfers who are not currently eligible for the Championship Tour (CT) events are able to compete in a Qualifying Series (QS) of events, earning points towards qualifying for the following year's CT. The top Qualifiers at the end of each season's QS receive invitations, with the exact number on invitations having changed slightly from season to season. Furthermore, if a particular CT event, in the current season, is short of CT competitors, the judges may choose to select from the then-current top ranked QS surfers to fill in for that event – though this does not guarantee that the QS surfer will be invited to other events during the current season.[29]

A WSL QS 10,000 event is held at premium venues with a restricted field and offers WSL QS 10,000 World Rankings points.[19][20][30]

A WSL QS 1000, 1500, 3000 event is a lower level of competition, compared to an WSL QS 6000 and 10,000 event, with their importance indicated by how many points they are assigned: more points means generally better competition and prize money.[19][20][30]

WSL world rankingEdit

WSL Men's Championship Tour and WSL Women's Championship Tour surfers accumulate points from each WSL Championship Tour and WSL Qualifying Series event they compete in which count towards their WSL World Ranking.[31][32] Accumulated points are valid for 12 months from the final date of the scheduled event in which they were earned.[29]

Promotion and relegationEdit

WSL World Ranking determines the promotion or relegation of surfers.[29]

2012 toursEdit

The qualifiers for the 2012 ASP World Tour top 34 surfers was determined using a Rotation Points system.

The qualifiers for the 2012 ASP Women's World Tour was determined by a surfer's rank at the conclusion of the 2011 Tour. The top 10 re-qualified for 2012 and the remaining 7 places were taken from the ASP Star Ranking.

2013-2018 toursEdit

The qualifiers for the following year's WSL Men's Championship Tour top 34 surfers[31] will consist of:

  • Top 22 surfers from the previous season of the WSL World Title Rankings;
  • Top 10 surfers from the previous season of the WSL World Qualifying Series (QS) Rankings (those who haven't already qualified in the above) and
  • 2 WSL wildcards.




In contests surfers will be scored on a scale of 0.1 to 10.0, these scores will be broken up into increments of one-tenth. The following scale can be used to relate descriptions with the score:

  • 0–1.9 = Poor
  • 2.0–3.9 = Fair
  • 4.0–5.9 = Average
  • 6.0–7.9 = Good
  • 8.0–10.0 = Excellent

Judging criteria[29]Edit

Judges will base the score on how successfully surfers display these following elements in each wave:

  • Commitment and degree of difficulty
  • Innovative and progressive maneuvers
  • Combination of major maneuvers
  • Variety of maneuvers
  • Speed, power and flow

These elements may be weighted differently from day to day and event to event, depending upon on the surfing conditions and the type of breaking wave at each event location. This criterion is different from in longboarding competitions. All of this is focused on creating some type consistency that can be seen throughout the many different events.[29]

The events themselves are previously declared QS 1,000 - QS 10,000 events; among other things this ranking shows what numbers of judges which are required at the event. QS 1,000 - QS 3,000 Qualifying Series events are required to have a six judge panel with four judges on each heat. A QS 4,000 - QS 6,000 Qualifying Series event requires seven judges with five of those judges on each heat. At QS 5,000 - QS 10,000 Qualifying Series events there are only allowed to be 3 judges from any one region. This is then limited to two at any world championship events. All events also require an WSL approved head judge who has the ability to make corrections to errors or any other events that may have affected the results.[29]


There are many rules out in the water that all revolve around the idea of right of way. A surfer has the right of way if he or she is closer to the area where the wave is breaking, this is more commonly referred to as having the inside position. If another surfer takes off in front of the surfer that has the inside position, then interference will be called, and penalties will be enacted. In most circumstances it does not matter who stood up first but who has the inside position.[29]

A surfer can also be found guilty of interference if they catch more than their maximum number of waves in a heat and that this takes away from the other competitors ability to catch waves. A competitor is also not allowed to interfere with another competitor's paddling and maneuvering for a wave.[29]

The rules of right of way vary slightly with the type of break. Point Breaks will always have a consistent direct of what is inside, that is, the person further up the line will have right of way. In a single peak situation where there is both a left and a right two people are able to be on the wave at the same time, provided that one goes left and one goes right and that neither crosses the path of the other to go one direction. If this does happen then, the surfer who stood up first will get the right of way. On a multi-peaked wave where the wave eventually comes together, both peaks can be surfed until the surfers come together. When they do the surfer who stood up first has right of way, and the other must maneuver to get off the wave without interrupting the other surfer.[29]

In a one-on-one competition, priority can be declared by the Head Judge. Once the person with priority has paddled for a wave priority is then turned over to the next person until that person does the same. The person with second priority can paddle for waves as long as it does not interfere with the other person who will lose their priority only if they catch a wave.[29]

A surfer who has already taken off or obtained possession of a wave maintains this position until the end of their ride. If another surfer takes off on the inside of this surfer, then this person does not obtain priority and is considered to be snaking. If this surfer does not hurt the other surfers ride, then both people can be scored based. If the judges determine that the snaking did interfere then the person will be penalized. Interference penalties are called by the judges and must have a majority to be declared an actual penalty. Interference are shown as triangles on the score cards in various different ways depending on when or where in the heat they were made. If three or more waves are being scored than one wave will be dropped off the score card. If only the top two waves are being scored, then 50% of the second best-scored wave will be taken off. If a surfer has more than one then 50% of the best waves score will be taken off also. The surfer who has been interfered with will be allowed an additional wave to their maximum as long as it is within the time limit. If a surfer interferes more than twice in a heat then they must leave the competition area.[29]

WSL Championship Tour championsEdit

Gabriel Medina, 2018 WSL Championship Tour Champion

Annual Championship Tour champions, since 1964, as recorded by World Surf League and correct as of 1 August 2020.[33]

Year Men's Championship Tour Women's Championship Tour
Name Points Name Points
ISF World Surfing Championships
1964 - Manly, AUS   Midget Farrelly (AUS)   Phyllis O'Donnell (AUS)
1965 - Punta Rocas, Peru   Felipe Pomar (PER)   Joyce Hoffman (USA)
1966 - San Diego, USA   Nat Young (AUS)   Joyce Hoffman [2] (USA)
1968 - Rincon, Puerto Rico, PR   Fred Hemmings (USA)   Margo Godfrey (USA)
1970 - Torquay / Lorne / Johanna, AUS   Rolf Aurness (USA)   Sharon Webber (USA)
1972 - San Diego, USA   James Blears (USA)   Sharon Webber (USA)
Smirnoff World Pro-Am Surfing Championships
1973   Ian Cairns (AUS)
1974   Reno Abellira (USA)
1975   Mark Richards (AUS)
IPS World Circuit
1976   Peter Townend (AUS) 5,593
1977   Shaun Tomson (RSA) 5,948.3   Margo Oberg (USA) 4,850
1978   Wayne Bartholomew (AUS) 5,749.25   Lynn Boyer (USA) 3,986.14
1979   Mark Richards [2] (AUS) 6,781.14   Lynn Boyer [2] (USA) 3,722.50
1980   Mark Richards [3] (AUS) 6,890   Margo Oberg [2] (USA) 2,000
1981   Mark Richards [4] (AUS) 6,211.52   Margo Oberg [3] (USA) 3,850
1982   Mark Richards [5] (AUS) 6,917   Debbie Beacham (USA) 3,059.14
ASP World Tour
1983/84   Tom Carroll (AUS) 6,830   Kim Mearig (USA) 3,125
1984/85   Tom Carroll [2] (AUS) 9,460.38   Freida Zamba (USA) 3,400
1985/86   Tom Curren (USA) 11,490   Freida Zamba [2] (USA) 5,320
1986/87   Tom Curren [2] (USA) 13,115   Freida Zamba [3] (USA) 9,230
1987/88   Damien Hardman (AUS) 13,690   Wendy Botha (RSA) 8,220
1988   Barton Lynch (AUS) 17,475   Freida Zamba [4] (USA) 7,960
1989   Martin Potter (UK) 20,665   Wendy Botha [2] (AUS) 14,380
1990   Tom Curren [3] (USA) 17,612   Pam Burridge (AUS) 14,440
1991   Damien Hardman [2] (AUS) 12,854   Wendy Botha [3] (AUS) 7,424
1992   Kelly Slater (USA) 7,765   Wendy Botha [4] (AUS) 10,205
1993   Derek Ho (USA) 5,510   Pauline Menczer (AUS) 7,080
1994   Kelly Slater [2] (USA) 6,660   Lisa Andersen (USA) 7,650
1995   Kelly Slater [3] (USA) 6,040   Lisa Andersen [2] (USA) 12,920
1996   Kelly Slater [4] (USA) 9,540   Lisa Andersen [3] (USA) 12,750
1997   Kelly Slater [5] (USA) 8,260   Lisa Andersen [4] (USA) 8,520
1998   Kelly Slater [6] (USA) 6,398   Layne Beachley (AUS) 7,920
1999   Mark Occhilupo (AUS) 7,120   Layne Beachley [2] (AUS) 8,080
2000   Sunny Garcia (USA) 7,270   Layne Beachley [3] (AUS) 5,730
2001   C. J. Hobgood (USA) 3,094   Layne Beachley [4] (AUS) 1,760
2002   Andy Irons (USA) 8,102   Layne Beachley [5] (AUS) 3,200
2003   Andy Irons [2] (USA) 8,964   Layne Beachley [6] (AUS) 3,696
2004   Andy Irons [3] (USA) 7,824   Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 5,484
2005   Kelly Slater [7] (USA) 7,962   Chelsea Georgeson (AUS) 7,080
2006   Kelly Slater [8] (USA) 8,124   Layne Beachley [7] (AUS) 6,374
2007   Mick Fanning (AUS) 8,136   Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 6,708
2008   Kelly Slater [9] (USA) 8,042   Stephanie Gilmore [2] (AUS) 7,188
2009   Mick Fanning [2] (AUS) 7,140   Stephanie Gilmore [3] (AUS) 6,169
2010   Kelly Slater [10] (USA) 69,000   Stephanie Gilmore [4] (AUS) 7,284
2011   Kelly Slater [11] (USA) 68,100   Carissa Moore (USA) 55,000
2012   Joel Parkinson (AUS) 58,700   Stephanie Gilmore [5] (AUS) 48,400
2013   Mick Fanning [3] (AUS) 54,400   Carissa Moore [2] (USA) 59,500
2014   Gabriel Medina (BRA) 62,800   Stephanie Gilmore [6] (AUS) 64,200
2015   Adriano De Souza (BRA) 57,700   Carissa Moore [3] (USA) 66,200
2016   John John Florence (USA) 59,850   Tyler Wright (AUS) 72,500
2017   John John Florence [2] (USA) 58,100   Tyler Wright [2] (AUS) 54,400
2018   Gabriel Medina [2] (BRA) 62,490   Stephanie Gilmore [7] (AUS) 61,175
2019   Italo Ferreira (BRA) 59,740   Carissa Moore [4] (USA) 59,940
2020   Cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic[34]

WSL Longboard Championship Tour championsEdit

Annual Longboard champions, since Men's event started in 1986/87 and Women's in 1999, as recorded by World Surf League and correct as of 1 August 2020.[33]

Year WSL Men’s World Longboard Tour WSL Women's World Longboard Tour
Name Points Name Points
1986/87   Nat Young (AUS)
1987/88   Stuart Entwistle (AUS)
1988   Nat Young [2] (AUS)
1989   Nat Young [3] (AUS)
1990   Nat Young [4] (AUS)
1991   Martin McMillan (AUS)
1992   Joey Hawkins (USA)
1993   Rusty Keaulana (HAW)
1994   Rusty Keaulana [2] (HAW)
1995   Rusty Keaulana [3] (HAW)
1996   Bonga Perkins (HAW)
1997   Dino Miranda (HAW)
1998   Joel Tudor (USA)
1999   Colin McPhillips (USA)   Daize Shayne (USA)
2000   Beau Young (AUS)   Cori Schumacher (USA)
2001   Colin McPhillips [2] (USA)   Cori Schumacher [2] (USA)
2002   Colin McPhillips [3] (USA)   Kim Hamrock (USA)
2003   Beau Young [2] (AUS)   Daize Shayne[2] (USA)
2004   Joel Tudor [2] (USA)   Summer Romero (USA)
2005   Cancelled   Kristy Murphy (USA)
2006   Josh Constable (AUS)   Schuyler McFerran (USA)
2007   Phil Rajzman (BRA)   Jennifer Smith (USA)
2008   Bonga Perkins (HAW)   Joy Magelssen Monahan (HAW)
2009   Harley Ingleby (AUS)   Jennifer Smith[2] (USA)
2010   Duane DeSoto (HAW)   Cori Schumacher[3] (USA)
2011   Taylor Jensen (USA) 16,000   Lindsay Steinriede (USA) 15,200
2012   Taylor Jensen[2] (USA) -   Kelia Moniz (HAW) -
2013   Piccolo Clemente (PER) -   Kelia Moniz[2] (HAW) -
2014   Harley Ingleby[2] (AUS) 10,000   Chelsea Williams (AUS) 10,000
2015   Piccolo Clemente[2] (PER) 10,000   Rachael Tilly (USA) 10,000
2016   Phil Rajzman[2] (BRA) 10,000   Tory Gilkerson (USA) 10,000
2017   Taylor Jensen[3] (USA) 15,200   Honolua Blomfield (HAW) 16,500
2018   Steven Sawyer (ZAF) 10,000   Soleil Errico (USA) 10,000
2019   Justin Quintal (USA) 18,500   Honolua Blomfield[2] (HAW) 20,500
2020   Cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic[34]

WSL World Junior championsEdit

Annual Junior champions, since Men's event started in 1998 and Women's in 2005, as recorded by the Association of Surfing Pros through to 2012.[35]

Data since 2013 provided by...[citation needed]

Year WSL Men's World Junior WSL Women's World Junior
Name Points Name Points
1998   Andy Irons (HAW) - - -
1999   Joel Parkinson (AUS) - - -
2000   Pedro Henrique (BRA) - - -
2001   Joel Parkinson[2] (AUS) - - -
2002   Cancelled (no dates available) - - -
2003   Adriano De Souza (BRA) - - -
2004   Pablo Paulino (BRA) - - -
2005   Kekoa Bacalso (HAW) -   Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS) -
2006   Jordy Smith (ZAF) -   Nicola Atherton (AUS) -
2007   Pablo Paulino[2] (BRA) -   Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) -
2008   Kai Barger (HAW)   Pauline Ado (FRA) -
2009   Maxime Huscenot (FRA) -   Laura Enever (AUS) -
2010   Jack Freestone (AUS) -   Alizee Arnaud (FRA) -
2011   Caio Ibelli (BRA) -   Leila Hurst (HAW) -
2012   Jack Freestone[2] (AUS) -   Nikki van Dijk (AUS) -
2013   Gabriel Medina (BRA) -   Ella Williams (NZL) -
2014   Vasco Ribeiro (POR) -   Mahina Maeda (HAW) -
2015   Lucas Silveira (BRA) -   Isabella Nichols (AUS) -
2016   Ethan Ewing (AUS) -   Macy Callaghan (AUS) -
2017   Finn McGill (HAW) -   Vahine Fierro (PYF) -
2018   Mateus Herdy (BRA) -   Kirra Pinkerton (USA) -
2019   Lucas Vicente (BRA) -   Amuro Tsuzuki (JPN) -
2020   Cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic[34]

WSL Big Wave Tour championsEdit

Annual Big Wave champions, since Men's event started in 2009 and Women's in 2016, as recorded by ... and correct as of ...[citation needed]

Year WSL World Big Wave Tour WSL Women's World Big Wave Tour
Name Points Name Points
2009   Carlos Burle [pt] (BRA) 2,443
2010   Jamie Sterling (HAW) 2,509
2011   Peter Mel (USA) 1,472
2012   Greg Long (USA) 2,155
2013   Grant Baker (RSA) 2,459
2014   Makuakai Rothman (HAW) 20,833
2015   Greg Long (USA) 21,266
2016   Grant Baker (RSA) 25,018   Paige Alms (HAW) 12,500
2017   Billy Kemper (HAW) 27,140   Paige Alms (HAW) 10,000
2018   Grant Baker (RSA) 16,305   Keala Kennelly (HAW) 12,100
2020   Cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic[34]

Men's Triple Crown ChampionsEdit

Annual Men's Triple Crown champions, since 1983, as recorded by ... and correct as of ...[citation needed]

Year WSL Triple Crown Champions
Name Points
1983   Michael Ho (HAW) -
1984   Derek Ho (HAW) -
1985   Michael Ho (HAW) -
1986   Derek Ho (HAW) -
1987   Tom Carroll (AUS) -
1988   Derek Ho (HAW) -
1989   Gary Elkerton (AUS) -
1990   Derek Ho (HAW) -
1991   Tom Carroll (AUS) -
1992   Sunny Garcia (HAW) -
1993   Sunny Garcia (HAW) -
1994   Sunny Garcia (HAW) -
1995   Kelly Slater (USA) -
1996   Kaipo Jaquias (HAW) -
1997   Michael Rommelse (AUS) -
1998   Kelly Slater (USA) -
1999   Sunny Garcia (HAW) -
2000   Sunny Garcia (HAW) -
2001   Myles Padaca (HAW) -
2002   Andy Irons (HAW) -
2003   Andy Irons (HAW) -
2004   Sunny Garcia (HAW) -
2005   Andy Irons (HAW) -
2006   Andy Irons (HAW) -
2007   Bede Durbidge (AUS) -
2008   Joel Parkinson (AUS) -
2009   Joel Parkinson (AUS) -
2010   Joel Parkinson (AUS) -
2011   John John Florence (HAW) -
2012   Sebastian Zietz (HAW) -
2013   John John Florence (HAW) -
2014   Julian Wilson (AUS) -
2015   Gabriel Medina (BRA) -
2016   John John Florence (HAW) -
2017   Griffin Colapinto (USA) -
2018   Jessé Mendes [pt] (BRA) 17,100
2019   Kelly Slater (USA) 13,900
2020   John John Florence (HAW) 11.17

NOTE: Only one event of the 2020 Triple Crown was held because of the pandemic.

Multiple world championshipsEdit

Qualifier for list is to hold a minimum of two world championship titles across the categories.[28]

Calculations include world championship titles outside of the WSL as discussed in Predecessors to the WSL section.

Top NationsEdit

Nation Championship Tour (CT)
(Men & Women)
Junior Championships (JC)
(Boys & Girls)
Big Wave Championship Tour (BW)
(Men & Women)
Triple Crown Champions
Longboard Championships (LC)
(Men & Women)
  Australia 40 12 - 9 13 74
  Hawaii 18 6 5 22 13 64
  United States 31 1 3 3 21 59
  Brazil 4 9 1 2 2 18
  South Africa 5 1 2 - 1 9
  Peru 2 - - - 2 4
  France - 3 - - - 3
  Portugal - 2 - - - 2
  United Kingdom 1 - - - - 1
  French Polynesia - 1 - - - 1
  New Zealand - 1 - - - 1
  Japan - 1 - - - 1

See alsoEdit


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  2. ^ "World Surf League, Frequently Asked Questions, What is the WSL?". Retrieved 30 August 2015.
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