Location, Location, Location
It’s happening. Again. A surf event of the highest level held at the WSL Surf Ranch in Lemoore, CA. Is this a good thing? Depends who you ask. On one side, you have the people who adore the controlled environment — predictable schedule, waves and criteria. They say, “This is the future of competitive surfing. So much closer to a mainstream sport.” On the other, you have those who miss the spontaneity, strategy and soul of competing in the ocean. They say, “This makes a mockery of surfing. Too close to a mainstream sport.” Which side are we on? Depends on the day. But it’s happening. Again. So why not lean into the festival nature of this event, set a timer for our favorite surfers’ heats and enjoy watching something different? Yep. That’s what we’ll be doing.
The 2019 Freshwater Pro runs from September 19 to 21. Tune in to worldsurfleague.com to cheer on the Monster team!