Ericeira to host World Surf League Challenger Series

 

Photography: Pedro Mestre

 

Next year Ericeira will once again host a World Surf League (WSL) Challenger Series event.

The stage of maximum status of the world qualifying circuit is scheduled for October 2021 (between the 5th and 10th, more precisely) in Ribeira d’Ilhas.

The Challenger Series events, which will make up the second half of the year on the WQS circuit, allow only about 100 surfers to dispute the qualification for the main division of the world surfing circuit.

the European continent will have only three Challenger Series events

Portugal will have two stages in the 2021 WQS Challenger Series calendar: in addition to Ericeira, the Azores will also again receive a stage of maximum status from the WSL qualifying circuit – Azores Airlines Pro will be held between the September 20 and 25.

In this way, Portugal will be, alongside Hawaii, the only territory to have two events in this new qualifying format for the world surfing elite.

While Ericeira will also integrate a women’s event, in the Azores the event will be exclusively male.

Thus, Europe will have three Challenger Series events, with the Hossegor stage, which was part of the WCT until 2019, joining the two Portuguese events. The qualifying decision will start in early August in California, with the traditional US Open of Surfing. The Ballito Pro will happen between the Azores and Ericeira. In the end of October, the world top 100 will travel to Sydney, from where they will proceed to New Zealand, before entering the home straight with the two Hawaiian historical events, in Haleiwa and Sunset.

Men’s WQS Challenger Series calendar

August 2 to 8 – Vans US Open of Surfing (United States)
September 20 to 25 – Azores Airlines Pro (Portugal)
September 27 to October 2 – Ballito Pro (South Africa)
October 5 to 10 – EDP Pro Ericeira (Portugal)
October 11 to 17 – Quiksilver Pro France (France)
October 23 to 30 – Sydney Surf Pro (Australia)
November 1 to 7 – Piha Pro (New Zealand)
November 13 to 24 – Haleiwa Challenger Series (Hawaii)
November 25 to December 7 – Sunset Challenger Series (Hawaii)

 

Women’s WQS Challenger Series calendar

August 2 to 8 – Vans US Open of Surfing (United States)
September 4 to 19 – Nissan Super Girl (United States)
October 5 to 10 – EDP Pro Ericeira (Portugal)
October 11 to 17 – Roxy Pro France (France)
October 23 to 30 – Sydney Surf Pro (Australia)
November 1 to 7 – Piha Pro (New Zealand)

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