Fiji added to world tour, controversial mid-year cut remains

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Fiji added to world tour, controversial mid-year cut remains

Fiji’s Cloudbreak has been included in the professional world tour for surfing in 2024. The World Surf League (WSL) has decided to maintain its controversial mid-year cut and hold the Finals contest in Southern California’s soft waves. The return of Cloudbreak, a remote and powerful tropical reef break, has been welcomed by surf fans after a seven-year absence. However, many were disappointed by the elimination of the long-running contest at Jeffreys Bay in South Africa. The wave pool event at the Surf Ranch in California has also been cut from the tour. Jessi Miley-Dyer, Chief of Sport for the WSL, expressed excitement about bringing Fiji back and described it as an iconic wave that will test the surfers in their quest to secure their place in the WSL Final 5. Miley-Dyer explained that J-Bay and the Surf Ranch were removed from the tour to accommodate the 2024 Olympics, where the surfing competition will be held at the Teahupo’o reef pass in Tahiti. The WSL will continue to hold its one-day, winner-take-all Final 5 contest at Lower Trestles near San Clemente for the third consecutive year. In the past, the world title was determined by points accumulated throughout the tour, which traditionally concluded in Hawaii. The new format and location for deciding world champions have faced criticism from some fans and surfers. Miley-Dyer defended the choice of Lower Trestles, stating that it provides a fair playing field and reliable competition for the athletes. The mid-year cut will also remain, reducing the men’s field to 24 and the women’s field to 12 after the Margaret River Pro in Western Australia. The introduction of the cut in 2022 sparked protests from some top surfers. The 2024 WSL World Championship Tour Schedule includes various locations such as Banzai Pipeline and Sunset Beach in Hawaii, Peniche in Portugal, Bells Beach in Australia, Margaret River in Western Australia, Teahupo’o in Tahiti, Punta Roca in El Salvador, Saquarema in Brazil, and the Paris 2024 Olympics in Tahiti. The tour will conclude with the WSL Final 5 at Lower Trestles in San Clemente, California. The article was reported by Lincoln Feast in Sydney and edited by Peter Rutherford.

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