WSL Championship Tour Schedule 2016
Mar 11-21: Gold Coast, Australia
Right-hand, sand-bottom point break. Sand is pumped from the Tweed River mouth to the beaches. This has resulted in a large build-up of sand between Snapper Rocks to Kirra, which as of 2007, has created a new, world-class sandbar surf break called “the Superbank”. Multiple barrel sections can now occur at any point along this length.
Mar 24–Apr 5: Bells Beach, Australia
Right rocky/reef break. Long fast fat walls. Surf ranges from 2 to 12 feet.
April 8–19: Margaret River, Australia
Left and right rocky/reef break. It can be surfed at three foot, and starts to get good at double overhead. As it gets bigger, it gets better. Main Break is a peak when it’s double overhead and below. Once the swell gets serious, the right disappears and it’s just one big left-hander. The take-offs are steep and the bottom-turns treacherous as the trough of the wave can get lumpy, bucking surfers off. The left usually peels slowly, so rather than racing it, surfing it in a top-to-bottom motion is more suitable. The right-hander off the peak can offer a quick barrel section on the take off, followed by a nice workable wall, but ends up on dry reef pretty quickly.
May 10–21: Rio, Brazil
Left and right beach break. Works at 2-6 feet. Expect lots of airs and quick flicky turns here.
June 5–17: Cloudbreak/Restaurants, Fiji
Big, fast, hollow, critical left-land barreling reef breaks. Two of the best waves in the world. Shallow reef makes them f-ing crazy.
July 6–17: J-Bay, South Africa
A very long, fast, tubing right hand point break–one of the best right point breaks in the world. Optimal size is wave faces from 8 to 20 feet. If the waves are on, expect multiple barrels per wave with huge gouging turns in between.
August 19–30: Teahupo’o, Tahiti
Infamous left reef break. Heavy, mutant, super hollow barreling wave with a razor sharp reef 2 feet under the surface. A steep wall of reef causes the entire mass of the wave to fold onto a scalloped semi circle breaking arc. The wave bends and races along into a dry reef closeout and the lip of the wave is often as thick as it is tall. When it’s big, it’s one of the heaviest waves in the world. There have been 5 recorded deaths at Teahupo’o since 2000.
September 7–18: Trestles, California
Sandy/rocky A-frame. Perfect peeling left and right-handers, easy paddle-outs and endless wave faces. The waves typically don’t get huge here. You’ll likely see lots of high performance turning and aerials.
October 4-15: Hossegor, France
Left and right beach break. When the tide, swell, wind and sand bars are right, this is a world class barrel. It can produce perfect, super-hollow, spitting waves. But being a beach break, it can get heavy, sloppy and become a nightmare paddle out full of close-outs.
October 18–29: Supertubos, Portugal
Left and right beach break. This is a steep fast barreling wave when conditions line up. Lefts are usually better.
December 8–20: Pipeline Masters, Oahu
The legendary reef break on the North Shore. The most famous wave in the world. This A-frame has Pipe going left and Backdoor going right. When the swell is up, this break produces huge waves that break in shallow water just above a sharp and cavernous reef. The reef forms a large, hollow, thick wave that can fit a VW in it. This spot has three reefs starting close to the beach: 1st reef, 2nd reef, and 3rd reef. When the swell gets massive, the waves start breaking out at 3rd reef. Many surfers have become legends here including Gerry Lopez, Shaun Thomson and Andrew Knowles.