The World Surf League (WSL) organises the annual tour of professional surf competitions and broadcasts events live at www.worldsurfleague.com: experience the athleticism, drama and adventure of competitive surfing - anywhere and anytime it’s on. Travel alongside the world’s best male and female surfers to the most remote and exotic locations in the world. Fully immerse yourself in the sport of surfing with live event broadcasts, social updates, event highlights and commentary on desktop and mobile. WSL have partnered with ABC and Universal Sports in the United States plus broadcasters around the world to bring pro surfing to fans everywhere.
The professional surf tour was founded in 1976 to celebrate the elite athletes, diverse fans and dedicated partners that together embody professional surfing today. It's headquartered in Los Angeles, California with offices throughout the globe, and dedicated to:
- Bringing the athleticism, drama and adventure of pro surfing to fans worldwide
- Promoting professional surfers as world-class athletes
- Acting as good stewards of the environment both in and out of the water
The WSL exists to celebrate and grow the history, elite athletes, diverse fans and dedicated partners that together embody professional surfing today.
The original governing body of professional surfing, the International Professional Surfers (IPS), was founded in 1976 and led by Hawaiian surfers Fred Hemmings and Randy Rarick. The next evolution was the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP), founded in 1983 by Ian Cairns and introducing in the 90's the company philosophy of "world's best surfers, world's best waves". 2015 saw the ASP officially become the World Surf League.
The World Surf League coordinates the following events: the Championship Tours (CT), the Qualifying Series (QS), the Big Wave Tour, the Longboard Championship, the Junior Championship and the Masters Championship, as well as the Big Wave Awards.