Guys and gals compete against each other in May teams contest!
Earlier today, a little after midnight if you’re west of the date line, the WSL announced a teams event at the Lemoore tank on the Cinco de Mayo weekend of May 5 and 6.
And in a very inclusive, non-discriminatory kink unique in world sport, the guys are going to compete against girls.
The USA team, which includes Hawaii if you’re wondering, is captained by Kelly, Brazil has Gabriel, Australia, Stephanie Gilmore, Europe, Johanne Defay and Jordy Smith will captain the Rest of the World, although the only WCT surfer not from Australia, Brazil or Europe is the French Polynesian Michel Bourez.
“This technology has captured the imagination of the global surfing community and created a number of new opportunities for the WSL,” Sophie Goldschmidt, WSL CEO, said, cutting through the jargon.
Read about it here. WSL Announces Founders’ Cup of Surfing Event for May 2018
After reading that press release, I had a few breezy questions which I threw at the WSL’s Dave Prodan, who answered with typically good-natured, Soviet-era evasiveness.
How many spectators are going to be allowed in?
“Expecting 5000 in attendance.”
“I don’t not have but, on background, probably fair to assume a tiered experience.”
Is there a practice day scheduled? Will waves be served at random or will they be identical?
“Lots of practice days scheduled for all CTers ahead of Founders Cup for both May event and September CT.”
How many sessions? How many waves per session per surfer?
“Ample hopefully. Their preparation is a priority.”
Who can Jordy pick? Michel?
“WSL Commissioner’s Office has a criteria for surfer selection and region.”
“TBA upon reveal of full teams.”
But only one non-Australian/Brazilian/European surfer on tour apart from Big Joe Smith.
“QS surfers in play as well.”
And waves? Identical or random?
“Identical. For now.”