The World Surf League brings the best male and female surfers from around the globe together to compete on the world’s best waves. The line-up this year means that it is almost impossible to predict who will walk away with the titles!
There are also several changes to the calendar this year including a finals round at the end of the season in September. Check out the information below to find out more about these changes and more importantly, how to watch every event live.
2021 World Surf League TV Preview
This year will see a number of changes to the usual WSL calendar, with the absence of dates in Europe one of the main standouts. The large majority of the 12 events confirmed so far will take place in Australia and the US, with stops in Brazil, Indonesia, Tahiti and South Africa along the way.
2020 was pretty much written off due to coronavirus like many other sports. This means that going into 2021, Italo Ferriera and Carissa Moore remain defending champions in their respective men’s and women’s divisions. However, they both face some pretty stiff competition if they want to win back-to-back titles.
When: December 2020 – September 2021
Where: See location listing below
John John Florence and Gabriel Medina are both considered early favourites in the men’s competition. These two are very much the present and future of male surfing, and finish there or thereabouts on most waves throughout the tour. Australia’s Tyler Wright, Sally Fitzgibbons and Stephie Gilmore will be pushing Carissa Moore all the way this season, in what promises to be the closer of the two championships.
2021 Sunset Open Cancelled (Sydney time)
Due to the ongoing global pandemic, both the Sunset Open and Santa Cruz Pro events have been cancelled. The next event set to take place on the WSL calendar is the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach in April. Once more information becomes available in will be updated here on this page.
|19 – 28 Jan||Cancelled||Foxtel / Kayo / Seven|
All events shown as Sydney time and will air on Fox Sports (Foxtel/Kayo) and Seven. Adjust for regional differences. Please note session times are subject to surf conditions.
Watch or Stream the WSL Live
You can watch every WSL event live on both the Seven Network and Foxtel Australia. The Fox Sports channel (Foxtel/Kayo) will provide Live coverage of all 14 stops on both the men’s and women’s tours around the world. So if you’re a resident of Australia you may wish to review Foxtel Now which offers surfing fans an opportunity to watch the World Surf League live online with compatible internet-connected devices.
Alternatively, Kayo Sports have a 14 day trial offer which provides the exact same live sport coverage as Foxtel. With the Kayo trial you can stream the WSL free using a variety of devices and browsers, including – select PC and Macs, iOS and Android phones and tablets, Apple and Telstra TV, Google Chromecast, as well as Safari, Firefox, Chrome and Microsoft Edge, with new apps and platforms soon to be added, so you never miss a key moment of the wide range of sport in the Kayo TV guide.
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2021 World Surf League Dates
|Sunset Open||Cancelled||Hawaii, USA|
|Santa Cruz Pro||Cancelled||California, USA|
|Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach||April 1-11||Victoria, Australia|
|Boost Mobile Margaret River Pro||April 16-26||WA, Australia|
|Corona Open Gold Coast||May 3-13||Queensland, Australia|
|Quiksilver Pro G-Land||TBC||Banyuwangi, Indonesia|
|Oi Rio Pro||June 11-20||Saquarema, Brazil|
|Surf Ranch Pro||August 12-15||California, USA|
|Outerknown Tahiti Pro||August 23 – September 2||Teahupo’o, Tahiti|
|The WSL Finals||September 8-17||California, USA|
How to Stream the WSL in Australia
Not everyone currently has, or wants to take on the cost of a Foxtel or Telstra pay TV subscription. So with this consideration in mind, what other choices do you have when it comes to streaming the World Surf League, and how can you maximise their use? Let’s look at some of the best streaming options available on the Aussie market.
Stream the WSL with Apple TV
Arguably the gold-standard of the lower-profile streaming device for years now, the Apple TV is popular because it delivers. This tiny box is now in its fifth generation, and has recently added 4K and HDR streaming. You can also download apps just like you would on your phone. And that means almost every major player is supported, including the Kayo Sports streaming service and Foxtel Now.
Stream the WSL with Google Chromecast
This amazing little device now comes in two options for streaming video, both with an HDMI connection linking them to your TV. You can choose from the standard or the Ultra Chromecast version – the difference is that the Ultra handles 4K video, which is becoming increasingly available in Australia thanks to Foxtel. Once plugged in and connected to your home Wi-Fi network, the device can be reached by a vast range of apps to stream video, including Kayo Sports and Foxtel Now. While it’s not as seamless as using a dedicated device – it’s still extremely versatile.
Stream the WSL with the Foxtel Now Box
Another increasingly popular streaming device option would be the Foxtel Now Box. Launched over a year ago, it delivers the easiest way to stream Foxtel Now, as well as YouTube and Stan, directly to your TV. There’s no installation required so you can immediately start streaming the WSL and other sport on your TV. Simply plug it in and start watching, fuss-free. Of course, you’ll need to subscribe to Foxtel Now’s Sports pack, which offers access to twelve channels including Fox Sports, Fox League, Fox Footy, ESPN, beIN Sports and all the live action available each and every week.
Stream the WSL with Telstra TV
One of the most popular devices in Australia and perhaps the easiest to use, the Telstra TV (made by global streaming leader Roku) is now in its third generation, and features support for live TV channels that are integrated seamlessly with all the key services. The Telstra TV supports every streaming app you could ever need, from Netflix and Stan to Kayo Sports and Foxtel Now, and it’s fully ready for 4K televisions, making it ideal for the stunning on screen action found in the WSL. You can obtain the Telstra TV outright, or add it to your existing Telstra account for a small monthly payment.
Stream the WSL with Amazon Fire TV Stick
Designed to be sleek, simple to use and inconspicuous, Amazon’s popular Fire TV Stick is a tiny device that plugs directly into a spare HDMI port – but still comes with a proper remote control that you can use to navigate its user-friendly interface. The perfect way to stream Amazon Prime Video – as well as all the other popular services including Netflix, Stan and YouTube – the Fire TV Stick packs a lot of power into a tiny device that stays out of sight, including the ability to download and play video games.
Best of all, no matter where it’s being staged Kayo Sports and Foxtel Now offer the option to stream each and every session of the 2021 WSL live to an eligible device for qualified Australian users. Due to broadcasting agreement there is no World Surf League free to air provider in Australia. *Requires internet and compatible device. Data charges apply. HD availability subject to your Internet service and device capabilities.