The World Surf League (WSL) is excited to announce that the WSL Surf Ranch Facility in Lemoore, Central California will host the world’s best surfers as part of the 2018 Championship Tour (CT) calendar.
“Based on the results of our test event this year and the feedback from surfers training at the facility throughout the season, next September’s event has the potential to be something special for both surfers and fans,” Sophie Goldschmidt, WSL CEO, said. “We’re only scratching the surface of how this technology can be applied and it is completely game-changing for the sport.”
“It’s incredible what the WSL and KSWC teams have developed at Surf Ranch over the past year and California’s Central Valley now boasts a world-class wave,” Kieren Perrow, WSL Commissioner, said. “This technology, and its ability to deliver high-quality waves at any location in the world, opens so many possibilities for how we can complement and evolve the competitive experience.”
Since coming online in December 2015, the WSL Surf Ranch Facility in Lemoore, California has undergone constant refinement and evolution of its technology. A test event this year in September delivered very positive results in terms of competitive experience and the overwhelmingly supportive feedback from surfers training there throughout the season has encouraged the WSL to pursue an event at the facility in 2018.
“The experience of competing at Surf Ranch is pretty extraordinary,” Adrian Buchan, CT competitor and athlete representative, said. “What the team has created is hard to fathom at first – a perfect, 400-yard-long, bi-directional wave in the middle of rural California. I have no doubt that both the quality of the wave and the experience is befitting of hosting a world-class CT event. The Ocean will always be our home, but as we grow, having the opportunity to showcase and share the stoke of surfing to new audiences and schedule with pinpoint accuracy the huge match-ups and drama of the WSL is really exciting.”
“The surfers and the WSL have had a long-running discussion about the whole new set of opportunities that an event at the Surf Ranch facility can offer for the sport,” Sage Erickson, CT competitor and athlete representative, said. “We now have the opportunity to schedule events in advance, guaranteed high-quality waves, fair opportunity for all surfers and a totally new and unique environment for spectators. One of the takeaways from this season’s test event is surfers really have to bring their whole arsenal – forehand, backhand, barrels, turns, airs and timing – to make an impact. It’s going to be incredible.”
A full 2018 WSL schedule is planned to be released next week.
Aliens Was Here is a Veeco Production starring the elite Volcom Surf team. We settled in Bali for five weeks and the boys encountered more than just aliens! From our top lords scoring a secret slab to our alienated youth shifting heads, this film will leave you with a fine dosage of yet another Volcom classic!
STARRING: Ozzy Wrong, Noa Deane, Balaram Stack, Mitch Coleborn, Ryan Burch, Andrew Doheny, Yago Dora, Nate Tyler, Mauro Diaz, Pat Schmidt, Miguel Tudela, Leon Glatzer, Gony Zubizarreta, Harry Timson, William Aliotti, Guy Sato, Shun Murakami, Muklis Anwar, *Mason Ho
FEATURING: Nolan Rodgers, Hayden Rodgers, Hagan Johnson, Santiago Hart, Kobi Clements, Jarvis Earle, Keanu Taylor
CUT & DIRECTED: Jimmy Jazz James
PRODUCED BY: Richie Olivares, Brad Dougherty
ASSOCIATE PRODUCERS: Tom Carey, Matt Bemrose
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Ryan Immegart
CAMERAS: Jimmy Jazz James, Nate Leal, Scott Stinnett, Matt ‘Metal Neck’ Tromberg, Tom Carey
Cloacas – “Burn the Bongos”
Power Lunch – “Automatic Inflatable Blow Up Mattress”
Power Lunch – “The Pash”
Goons of Doom – “Down the Beach”
Blistar – “Fet”
Useless Eaters – “Certain Doom”
Chelsea Tuach is a world tour pro from Barbados, she’s been busy making some clips:
“The idea to create the Wandering series came from three desires. The first, was a desire to step away from my competitive lifestyle. To find a place with great waves, where I could let go of any contests thoughts, reconnect with the ocean and simply surf with my heart.
The second desire, was a chance to slow down and enjoy every aspect of a new place; the waves, food, culture and people. Something I forget to do when I’m competing.
And finally, I desired to document these trips. I wanted to inspire others to live with their hearts and nurture their passions. It was my opportunity to create a female surf video, one that inspires young girls and gives viewers a change from the usual surf content.
“Wandering Indonesia” was made possible by Suzuki Caribbean and is the first episode of the series. I hope you enjoy.”
I created this film to explore long-form editing, give a home to so many projects/trips/travel that needed some context, and as a tip of the hat to my passion, surfing.
Direct/film/edit: Morgan Maassen
starring: Marlon Gerber, Lee Wilson, Noa Deane, Sterling Spencer, Dillon Perillo, Rob Machado, Laura Enever, Alessa Quizon, Bella Nicols, Nat Young, Andrew Doheny, Dane Reynolds, and Stephanie Gilmore.
Additional footage (Stephanie in Mexico) by Andrew Schoener
Rostam Batmanglij – “Doc’s Song”
Broadcast – “Lunch Hour Pops”
Los Monstruos – “Hey Monstruo”
DJ Shadow – “Six Days” instrumental
East Village Radio – Mystery Song
Domenique Dumont – “La Bass et Les Shakers”