23 November, 2015 23 November, 2015

Dream Tour Returns to J-Bay in 2016

Ever since the well publicised encounter between Mick Fanning and a shark in the final of the J-Bay Open in July, rumours persisted that the World Surf League might not be returning to Jeffreys Bay in 2016 – with some Dream Tour surfers alleged to even have voted against competing there again.

Mick was on fire in J-Bay in 2015 and put on an epic display until the final.

But those doubts were put to rest last Friday, after the World Surf League released the 2016 Championship Tour schedule. All 12 stops on this year’s Dream Tour will be revisited again, with one or two minor changes. For example; North Point – the exceptional right-hander that was going off during this year’s Margaret River Pro – has been included as a back-up venue for 2016’s event.

So it’s confirmed, the world’s best will be coming to J-Bay this July. Best get that accommodation booked early if you’d like to catch the world’s best surfers riding the world’s best right point.

It’s always great to watch the world’s best doing turns like this in our backyard. Ricardo Christie left his mark on Supertubes in 2015.

Check out the press release below for more details.



• World’s best return to Jeffreys Bay in 2016
• North Point added as back-up venue to Margaret River

The world class righthander of Jeffreys Bay will return to the Samsung Galaxy WSL Championship Tour in 2016.

LOS ANGELES, California/USA (Friday, November 20, 2015) – The World Surf League (WSL) has released its 2016 schedule of events covering the Men’s and Women’s Championship Tours (CT), Qualifying Series (QS), Pro Junior tours and Longboard tours.

Staying true to its core DNA of putting the world’s best surfers on the world’s best waves, the 2016 schedule is designed to foster world-class performances from athletes at events taking place around the globe, from Australia to the South Pacific to Europe and beyond.

Among the changes to the 2016 schedule is the introduction of Western Australia’s North Point, which will serve as an exciting additional location to Margaret River and The Box in the event the waves are firing. The WSL is also introducing a new JQS Series of events in Australasia, providing a stronger platform for young men and women surfers to qualify for the World Junior Championship, where, if they perform, they will gain valuable seeding benefits to kick-start their path through the QS to the CT.

“Surfing takes place on the most dynamic and unpredictable playing field in all of sports,” said Kieren Perrow, Commissioner of the WSL. “This year, we’ve witnessed another season of barrier-breaking performances in all kinds of surf and weather conditions. We look forward to an incredible Tour finale for both our Men’s and Women’s CT in Hawaii and onward to 2016.”

2016 World Surf League (WSL) Samsung Galaxy Men’s Championship Tour
Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast – March 10-21, 2016
Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach – March 24-April 5, 2016
Drug Aware Margaret River Pro – April 8-19, 2016
Rio Pro – May 10-21, 2016
Fiji Pro – June 5-17, 2016
J-Bay Open – July 6-17, 2016
Billabong Pro Teahupo’o – August 19-30, 2016
Hurley Pro at Trestles – September 7-18, 2016
Quiksilver Pro France – October 4-15, 2016
Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal – October 18-29, 2016
Billabong Pipe Masters – December 8-20, 2016

Earlier this year, three-time WSL Champion Mick Fanning experienced a shark encounter in the Final of the J-Bay Open in South Africa. Since the incident, speculation regarding the event’s future on the WSL Championship Tour has been a consistent topic in the media, and the WSL will return to J-Bay in 2016.

Addressing this issue, Commissioner Perrow said, “Athlete safety is a top priority for the League. We have been in constant discussions with our athletes, event organizers and administrators regarding the future of this event. The WSL has made significant investments in the areas of surveillance and response for all current and future Tour spots, and we are currently working with a number of firms specializing in mitigation technology that focus on both athlete safety and the safety of the marine environment.”

Perrow continued: “The strides we’re making in the areas of surveillance and response are significant, but there presently exists no technology that has been proven to be 100% effective. Our athletes are aware of this, as they have always been.”

The 2015 WSL Championship Tour will finish with the Billabong Pipe Masters in Memory of Andy Irons in the coming weeks with an historic six surfers in the running for the world surfing crown – Mick Fanning (AUS), Filipe Toledo (BRA), Adriano de Souza (BRA), Gabriel Medina (BRA), Owen Wright (AUS) and Julian Wilson (AUS).

The past two seasons have seen major enhancements to the quality and quantity of events for the world’s best female surfers, with the addition of Fiji, Trestles, as well as the move to Hossegor (FRA) and Maui.

“The quality venues have produced some of the most impressive surfing of the season,” said Jessi Miley-Dyer, WSL Women’s Commissioner. “And the battle between Carissa Moore (HAW) and Courtney Conlogue (USA) for the 2015 WSL Title will be one for the record books.”

2016 World Surf League (WSL) Samsung Galaxy Women’s Championship Tour
Roxy Pro Gold Coast – March 10-21, 2016
Rip Curl Women’s Pro Bells Beach – March 24-April 5, 2016
Drug Aware Margaret River Pro – April 8-19, 2016
Rio Women’s Pro – May 10-21, 2016
Fiji Women’s Pro – May 29-June 3, 2016
Vans US Open of Surfing – July 25 – 31, 2016
Trestles Women’s Pro – September 7-18, 2016
Cascais Women’s Pro – September 24-Oct 2, 2016
Roxy Pro France – October 4-15, 2016
Maui Women’s Pro – November 22-December 6, 2016

The 2015 WSL Women’s Championship Tour is culminating next week at Honolua Bay with the Target Maui Pro.

A full 2016 WSL schedule can be accessed HERE.

For more information, check out WorldSurfLeague.com

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