2018 is fast approaching which means there are only 34 spots available in the elite of surfing and, after a long season, the top 22 Championship Tour finishers automatically secured their place in the CT.

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It is not sure whether Kelly Slater will get and accept one of those wildcards, and no one knows if Mick Fanning has plans to retire from professional surfing.

John John Florence is the defending world champion. He is known as “one of the most dominant Pipe surfers of his era”.

The World Surf League organizes the annual tour of professional surf competitions and broadcasts each event live at WorldSurfLeague.com where you can 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.

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

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Promoting professional surfers as world-class athletes

Acting as good stewards of the environment both in and out of the water

How did World Surf League start?

1976 – 1982

Hawaiian surfers Randy Rarick and Fred Hemmings organize a collection of disparate unaffiliated pro surfing events around the world into the first world championship tour by developing an international ranking system and encouraging the world’s best surfers to get involved. Their organization, International Professional Surfers (IPS) becomes the original world governing body of professional surfing. Champions included Peter “PT” Townend (AUS), Shaun Tomson (ZAF), Wayne “Rabbit” Bartholomew (AUS), Mark “MR” Richards (AUS), Margo Oberg (USA), Lynn Boyer (HAW) and Debbie Beacham (USA).

1983 – 2014

Former World No. 2 surfer Ian “Kanga” Cairns evolves the original IPS concept into the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP), providing a joint ownership and control of the sport for both the event organizers and the surfers on tour. In the mid-1990s, the ASP’s focus shifted to the ‘Dream Tour’ concept, encouraging event organizers to transition their venues from well-populated, metropolitan areas to remote locations with high-quality surf. The Dream Tour birthed the company philosophy of, “world’s best surfers, world’s best waves,” which remains the organization’s guiding principle to this day. Notable champions include Tom Carroll (AUS), Tom Curren (USA), Kelly Slater (USA), Andy Irons (HAW), Mick Fanning (AUS) and Gabriel Medina (BRA) as well as Wendy Botha (ZAF), Freida Zamba (USA), Lisa Andersen (USA), Layne Beachley (AUS), Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) and Carissa Moore (HAW). In addition, this era opened its doors to both embrace the future and acknowledge the past in the creation of the junior and masters tours.

2015 – Present

The World Surf League (WSL) steps in to help evolve the ASP into a more potent centralized body, overseeing the key product areas of the elite men’s and women’s World Championship Tours, the Qualifying Series (QS), the Big Wave Tour, the Big Wave Awards, the World Longboard Championships and the World Junior Championships. In addition to its headquarters in Santa Monica, California, the WSL has a commercial office in New York City and regional offices in Japan, Australia, France, South Africa, Brazil, Hawaii and Southern California.

Here are the standings as of now

2018 Men’s Championship Tour | Top 34

  1. John John Florence (HAW)
    2. Gabriel Medina (BRA)
    3. Julian Wilson (AUS)
    4. Jordy Smith (ZAF)
    5. Matt Wilkinson (AUS)
    6. Owen Wright (AUS)
    7. Kolohe Andino (USA)
    8. Adriano de Souza (BRA)
    9. Joel Parkinson (AUS)
    10. Filipe Toledo (BRA)
    11. Sebastian Zietz (HAW)
    12. Mick Fanning (AUS)
    13. Connor O’Leary (AUS)
    14. Frederico Morais (POR)
    15. Jeremy Flores (FRA)
    16. Adrian Buchan (AUS)
    17. Kanoa Igarashi (USA)
    18. Caio Ibelli (BRA)
    19. Michel Bourez (PYF)
    20. Conner Coffin (USA)
    21. Joan Duru (FRA)
    22. Italo Ferreira (BRA)
    23. Griffin Colapinto (USA)
    24. Jesse Mendes (BRA)
    25. Wade Carmichael (AUS)
    26. Tomas Hermes (BRA)
    27. Yago Dora (BRA)
    28. Willian Cardoso (BRA)
    29. Michael Rodrigues (BRA)
    30. Pat Gudauskas (USA)
    31. TBD
    32. TBD


33. TBD
34. TBD



On the women’s side, the top 17 will feature six Australian surfers, four athletes from the United States, three Hawaiian competitors, and single representatives from New Zealand, Brazil, and France.

Tyler Wright is the defending world champion.

2018 Women’s Championship Tour | Top 17

  1. Tyler Wright (AUS)
    2. Stephanie Gilmore (AUS)
    3. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS)
    4. Courtney Conlogue (USA)
    5. Carissa Moore (HAW)
    6. Lakey Peterson (USA)
    7. Nikki Van Dijk (AUS)
    8. Sage Erickson (USA)
    9. Johanne Defay (FRA)
    10. Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW)
    11. Silvana Lima (BRA)
    12. Bronte Macaulay (AUS)
    13. Coco Ho (HAW)
    14. Caroline Marks (USA)
    15. Keely Andrew (AUS)
    16. Paige Hareb (NZL)


  1. TBD

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