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The hopes of the great Welsh nation and indeed the British Isles were set alight on Instagram and Twitter as they announced Swanseas Patrick Langdon Dark had qualified for the WSL 2022 Challenger series, the second of three competitive tiers that provides the qualification route to the World Tour.

The offending post

Unfortunately after some digging it appears someone had let the work experience in charge of announcements and Pat who had finished 13th was not hopping on a plane to the Goldy.

The 2022 WSL Challenger Series will feature 96-man and 64-woman fields, drawn from the seven WSL Regional Qualifying Series around the world.

CS surfers will compete for a chance to advance to the elite WSL CT in 2023, with surfers counting their best five of eight results on the Challenger Series in hopes of finishing in the Top 10 men’s and Top 5 women’s spots by the end of the season.

The WSL press release does not have him down. But got to be a good shout for wildcard hey WSL??!!

WSL announced qualifiers via press release last night.

Maxime Huscenot
Gatien Delahaye
Ramzi Boukhiam
Adur Amatriain
Jorgann Couzinet
Gaspard Larsonneur
Tristan Guilbaud
Timothee Bisso
Justin Becret
Vasco Ribeiro
Teresa Bonvalot
Mafalda Lopes
Francisca Veselko
Nadia Erostarbe
Pauline Ado
Garazi Sanchez-Ortun
Vahine Fierro

The 2022 WSL CS will consist of eight events, beginning at Snapper Rocks on Australia’s Gold Coast, Australia from May 7 – 15 and concluding in Haleiwa, Hawai’i, from November 26 – December 7.

The 2022 WSL Challenger Series Schedule*

Gold Coast, Australia – May 7 – 15
Manly, Australia – May 17 – 24
Ballito, South Africa – July 20 – 27
Huntington Beach, USA – July 30 – August 7
Ericeira, Portugal – October 1 – 9
Landes, France – October 15 – 23
Piha, New Zealand – November 5 – 13
Haleiwa, Hawai’i – November 26 – December 7