WSL Final Series to return to Lower Trestles in 2022

WSL Final Series to return to Lower Trestles in 2022
Two-time WSL Champion Gabriel Medina and Filipe Toledo of Brazil after surfing in the Title Match of the Rip Curl WSL Finals on September 14, 2021 at Lower Trestles, San Clemente, California. (Photo by Thiago Diz/World Surf League)

Ahead of the first round in the Championship Tour, WSL has announced the location for the 2022 Rip Curl Finals Series and released its updated schedule.

The final series will once again be held at Lower Trestles, with the waiting period set to run from September 8 – 16, an ideal time of year for solid Southern Hemisphere swells to light up the cobblestone point of one of the most high-performance waves in the world. 

At the conclusion of the regular 2022 CT season, the top five men and top five women on the CT rankings will head to Lowers in San Clemente where they will battle head-to-head for the World Title.

“The inaugural edition of the Rip Curl WSL Finals was an incredible success,” said Erik Logan, WSL CEO. “To see the WSL Final 5 go head-to-head in amazing waves and to witness the women’s and men’s World Titles be decided on the same day, in the water, for the first time was special. This new format captivated our audience and drove consumption like never before and was the most-watched day of professional surfing with the largest live digital audience in WSL history. We are excited to return to Lowers this season.”

Rip Curl’s commitment and support of professional surfing continues through the three-year partnership of the Rip Curl WSL Finals. 

“We’re incredibly supportive of the return to Lower Trestles for the 2022 Rip Curl WSL Finals,” said Brooke Farris, Rip Curl CEO. “As a world-class, high-performance wave, it’s the perfect canvas for the world’s best surfers to push the boundaries of what’s possible in the water. While our brand was born at Bells Beach Australia, Rip Curl has an incredible heritage at Trestles, the surfing heart of California. We’re beyond excited to continue building on our brand’s legacy as we partner with the WSL to crown the undisputed world champions of surfing.”

WSL Final Series to return to Lower Trestles in 2022
The crowd during Match 2 of the Rip Curl WSL Finals on September 14, 2021 at Lower Trestles, San Clemente, California. (Photo by Pat Nolan/World Surf League)

The new look CT format will see Men’s and Womens tours compete in the same ten locations before the finals series.

2022 WSL Championship Tour Schedule*:

  • Billabong Pro Pipeline – January 29 – February 10
  • Hurley Pro Sunset Beach presented by Shiseido – February 11 – 23
  • MEO Pro Portugal – March 3 – 13
  • Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach – April 10 – 20
  • Margaret River Pro – April 24 – May 4

Mid-Season Cut: 36-man and 18-woman fields reduced to 24-man and 12-woman fields.

  • Quiksilver / ROXY Pro G-Land – May 28 – June 6
  • Surf City El Salvador Pro presented by Corona – June 12 – 20
  • Oi Rio Pro presented by Corona – June 23 – 30
  • Corona Open J-Bay – July 12 -21
  • Tahiti Pro – August 11 – 21

WSL Final 5 determined to battle for the undisputed men’s and women’s World Titles.

  • Rip Curl WSL Finals, Lower Trestles, CA USA – September 8 – 16
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