The World Surf League (WSL) today announced the full teams for the Founders’ Cup of Surfing presented by Michelob ULTRA Pure Gold. The specialty event will be the first public event at the world-famous Surf Ranch facility in Lemoore, California and will be held from May 5 – 6, 2018.
A first for the world’s best surfers, the continental co-ed teams event will see a cross-section of the world’s best surfers battling it out for the public at the world’s most high-performance man-made wave.
“The Founders’ Cup of Surfing is going to be a really special part of the 2018 calendar,” Kieren Perrow, WSL Commissioner, said. “We’re really excited to be opening up this amazing facility to the public with this teams event. It’s something new for surfing, but I think it will be a lot of fun and exciting to see how the world’s best surfers perform in this kind of a format.”
AUSTRALIA TEAM: Captain: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) Mick Fanning (AUS) Matt Wilkinson (AUS) Julian Wilson (AUS) Tyler Wright (AUS)
Captain: Gabriel Medina (BRA) Adriano de Souza (BRA) Filipe Toledo (BRA) Silvana Lima (BRA) Taina Hinckel (BRA)
Captain: Johanne Defay (FRA) Jeremy Flores (FRA) Frederico Morais (PRT) Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA) Frankie Harrer (DEU)
Captain: Kelly Slater (USA) John John Florence (USA) Kolohe Andino (USA) Carissa Moore (USA) Courtney Conlogue (USA)
Captain: Jordy Smith (ZAF) Michel Bourez (PYF) Kanoa Igarashi (JPN) Paige Hareb (NZL) Bianca Buitendag (ZAF)
The Surf Ranch facility, which was revealed online to the public in December 2015, boasts the best man-made wave in history – a 700-yard, high-performance, bi-directional wave featuring barrel sections and maneuver sections.
Primarily existing as a testing facility, the Lemoore site has spent the past two years dialing in the technology under the guidance of 11-time WSL Champion Slater and feedback from visiting WSL surfers. A private test event last September proved very successful, paving the way for the May Founders’ Cup of Surfing and the Surf Ranch CT event in September.
About WSL The World Surf League (WSL) is dedicated to celebrating the world’s best surfing on the world’s best waves through a variety of best-in-class audience platforms. The League, headquartered in Santa Monica, is a global sport with regional offices in Australasia, Africa, North America, South America, Hawaii, Japan and Europe.The WSL has been championing the world’s best surfing since 1976, annually running in excess of 180 global events across the Men’s and Women’s Championship Tours, the Big Wave Tour, Qualifying Series, Junior and Longboard Championships, as well as the WSL Big Wave Awards. The League possesses a deep appreciation for the sport’s rich heritage while promoting progression, innovation and performance at the highest levels, and in doing so crowns the undisputed world champions in Men’s, Women’s across all divisions within the tour.
Showcasing the world’s best surfing on its digital platform at WorldSurfLeague.com as well as the free WSL app, the WSL has a passionate global fan base with millions tuning in to see world-class athletes like Tyler Wright, John John Florence, Paige Alms, Kai Lenny, Taylor Jensen, Honolua Blomfield, Mick Fanning, Stephanie Gilmore, Kelly Slater, Carissa Moore, Gabriel Medina, Courtney Conlogue and more battle on the most unpredictable and dynamic field of play of any sport in the world.