FOX Sports and WSL Sign Milestone Media Rights Deal
Today, FOX Sports and the World Surf League (WSL) announce they have reached an agreement making FOX Sports the exclusive U.S. television broadcaster for the WSL 2019 Men’s and Women’s Championship Tour (CT), as well as the Big Wave Tour. FOX Sports will telecast more than 500 hours of WSL programming, including live contests and highlight shows, across FOX, FS1, FS2 and the FOX Sports app in 2019.
“We’re delighted with the additional coverage FOX Sports will bring to our events and millions of fans across multiple platforms,” said WSL Chief Executive Officer Sophie Goldschmidt. “With our athletes continuing to take the sport to new performance levels, more people than ever can now witness the excitement of professional surfing and everything that comes with our world class events.”
WSL programming premieres on FOX and the FOX Sports app with a one-hour 2019 WORLD SURF LEAGUE PREVIEW SHOW on Saturday, March 23 at 12:30 p.m. ET / 9:30 a.m. PT, highlighting the current champions, rising contenders and hard-charging rookies for the new season.
The 2019 Championship Tour begins on Wednesday, April 3 in Australia with the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast and Boost Mobile Pro on FS2 and the FOX Sports app. FS2 will telecast all Championship Tour contests live or close to live throughout the year.
FS2 will also present the US Open of Surfing, the premiere men’s and women’s Qualifying Series contest that takes place in Huntington Beach, California each summer from July 27 to August 4. In addition, FS1 will feature eight, one-hour highlight shows after select contests are over. Check local listings for show times and dates.
2019 WSL Championship Tour Events:
April 3 – 13: Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast and Boost Mobile Pro, Australia – Men / Women
April 17 – April 27: Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach, Australia – Men / Women
May 13 – May 25: Bali Pro, Indonesia – Men / Women
May 29 – June 9: Margaret River Pro, Australia – Men / Women
June 20 – 28: Oi Rio Pro, Brazil – Men / Women
July 9 – 22: J-Bay Open, South Africa – Men / Women
August 21 – September 1: Tahiti Pro Teahupo’o, Tahiti – Men
September 19 – 22: Surf Ranch Pro, California, USA – Men / Women
October 3 – 13: Quiksilver Pro France and Roxy Pro France, Men / Women
October 16 – 28: MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal, Men / Women
November 25 – December 6: Hawaii Pro, Hawaii – Women
December 8 – 20: Billabong Pipe Masters, Hawaii – Men
2019 WSL Big Wave Tour Events:
Mavericks Challenge – Half Moon Bay, California
Nazaré Challenge – Portugal
Jaws Challenge – Maui, Hawaii
Current WSL Announcers:
Longtime WSL play-by-play announcer Joe Turpel and former World Champion Martin Potter call the action from some of the most remote and exotic surfing locations in the world. Rosy Hodge (former Championship Tour competitor) and Strider Wasilewski serve as commentators reporting from the water. In addition, Ross Williams and Big Wave Champion Peter Mel round out the commentary team.
Viewers in the US can live stream all WSL shows on the FOX Sports app, through the FOX, FS1 and FS2 streams. The shows are available on desktop at FOXSports.com and through the app store or on connected devices including Apple TV, Android TV, Fire TV, Xbox One and Roku.
About the 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 organization, headquartered in Santa Monica, is a global sport with regional offices in Australia, Africa, North America, South America, Hawaii, Japan and Europe.
The WSL has been championing the world’s best surfing since 1976, annually running more than 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 Men’s and Women’s World Champions across all tours.
Showcasing the world’s best surfing on its digital platform at WorldSurfLeague.com, the WSL has a passionate global fan base with millions tuning in to see world-class athletes like Kelly Slater, Stephanie Gilmore, Tyler Wright, John Florence, Lakey Peterson, Paige Alms, Kai Lenny, Steven Sawyer, Soleil Errico, Carissa Moore, Gabriel Medina, Courtney Conlogue and more battle on the most dynamic field of play of any global sport.
For more information, please visit WorldSurfLeague.com
About FOX Sports
FOX Sports is the umbrella entity representing 21st Century Fox’s wide array of multi-platform US-based sports assets. Built with brands capable of reaching more than 100 million viewers in a single weekend, FOX Sports includes ownership and interests in linear television networks, digital and mobile programming, broadband platforms, multiple web sites, joint-venture businesses and several licensing relationships. FOX Sports includes the sports television arm of the FOX Broadcasting Company; FS1, FS2; FOX Sports Regional Networks, their affiliated regional web sites and national programming; FOX Soccer Plus; FOX Deportes and FOX College Sports. FOX Sports also encompasses FOX Sports Digital, which includes FOXSports.com, FOX Sports App and FOX Sports GO. Also included in the Group are FOX’s interests in joint-venture businesses Big Ten Network and BTN 2Go, as well as a licensing agreement that establish the FOX Sports Radio Network.