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This year’s Oi Rio Pro is not going to happen. Photo: WSL


The Inertia

The World Surf League announced today that it’s cancelling the Brazil stop of the Championship Tour and tweaking the schedule. It was another in a line of schedule modifications the League has made this year to adjust to the pandemic.

The Corona Open Mexico has been moved from July to August 10-12 to accommodate tour surfers who are pulling double duty for their respective countries and competing in the Olympics July 23-Aug. 8. The Outerknown Tahiti Pro was moved to August 24 in accordance with this change and the Rip Curl WSL finals, “will now have a window of September 9-17.”

The WSL said the Oi Rio Pro was originally pushed back from June to August because the League was hoping to run the event without any hiccups, closely monitoring the situation on the ground in Brazil. According to a release on its website, the WSL “made the decision to cancel the event for 2021 out of an abundance of caution for the safety of athletes, staff, and the local community.”

“We’re really proud that we’ve been able to schedule a truly global tour for 2021,” said WSL CEO Erik Logan. “We kicked off the season in Hawaii and we’ve just wrapped up an incredible four-event leg in Australia. The surfers are now headed to California for the sixth stop, the Jeep Surf Ranch Pro presented by Adobe, following which, the Olympic qualifiers will travel to Tokyo.”

The final leg of the CT now looks like this:

  • Jeep Surf Ranch Pro presented by Adobe: Lemoore, California, USA June 18 – 20, 2021
  • Corona Open Mexico presented by Quiksilver: Barra de La Cruz, Mexico August 10 – 20, 2021
  • Outerknown Tahiti Pro: Teahupo’o, Tahiti August 24 – September 3, 2021
  • Rip Curl WSL Finals: Lower Trestles, California, USA September 9 – 17, 2021

 

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