A Third lay day has been called for the first-ever Rip Curl WSL Finals, the final event of the 2021 World Surf League Championship Tour. With conditions expected to improve and a south south-west swell building up over the next few days.
WSL Tours and competitions team have decided to call the event off again as they hold for the perfect conditions to run the highly anticipated final series and crown the undisputed champions of the 2021 season.
“There are a couple of fun small waves this morning and it’s a nice day for some free surfing, but we’re not going to be ON today,” said Jessi Miley-Dyer, SVP of Tours and Head of Competition. “It’s looking like it will start to pick up tomorrow for us. Monday and Tuesday still look really good, and the forecast looks fantastic. We’ll have great conditions for a potential Monday or Tuesday.”
For the first time in the history of the Championship Tour, a "yellow alert" system will be in place to give both World Title hopefuls and fans around the globe time to prepare. Once the event goes into yellow alert status, the final call of whether to run or not will be made at 7:00 am the day of the proposed contest.
"The yellow alert will be 24 hours in advance of when we think we will be running," explains Miley-Dyer. “Because it's the ocean and nothing's ever for sure, we'll be making the final call first thing in the morning when we can put some eyes on it and really understand the conditions for that day.”
Pictured: Two-time WSL Champion and World No. 1, Gabriel Medina (BRA) will surf on the best-of-three Title Match at the Rip Curl WSL Finals. Credit: © WSL / Diz