HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - After much anticipation, the World Surf League announced on Tuesday that the 2021 Championship Tour will be held in Hawaii — with COVID-19 protocols.
“We like to say in the surfing world, ‘we’re on,’” said WSL CEO Erik Logan, adding that the season will kick off in December with the women at Honolua Bay on Maui and the men at Pipeline on Oahu’s North Shore.
Unlike previous years, the upcoming championship tour will be broadcast only and there will be no spectators due to the pandemic.
WSL will also require mandatory COVID-19 tests for athletes and staff, daily temperature checks, mandatory mask wearing and social distancing.
“We’ve had to be really innovative with our surfers and also our local communities,” Logan said.
Surfers were thrilled to hear the news.
“I’m super excited about WSL’s announcement to start the 2021 season here in Hawaii,” said world champion Carissa Moore. “I really don’t think there’s a better way to start the season and end a very challenging year on a positive note here in Hawaii.”
Fans can tune in on WorldSurfLeague.com and on the Spectrum SURF channel.