PISMO BEACH, CA: Pismo Beach welcomes back some of the world's top surfers for SLO CAL OPEN PISMO BEACH presented by French Hospital Medical Center from January 27-30, 2022, for the WSL Qualifying Series for both the Men's & Women's World Surf League professional surf contest.
This newly formatted Qualifying Series continues the ongoing regional events that began in North America at the WRV Outer Banks Pro (presented by Pacifico) and runs through April 10, 2022, to determine the region's Top 9 men and Top 6 women for the Challenger Series and an opportunity to qualify for the Championship Tour.
The North America Qualifying Series season returns to Pismo Beach after last running in January of 2020 at one of the California’s go-to destinations, the Pismo Beach Pier, for an all-important 1,000 points. This year, the event will run on the south side of the Pismo Beach Pier with a plethora of North America's top regional talents converging upon the winter waters. "Pismo Beach is thrilled to be involved once again with this great surfing event," said Gordon Jackson, Pismo Beach Director of Tourism & Events. "It really helps to further our brand of Classic California."
This year marks the fourth women's event of their respective season after Alyssa Spencer earned a massive second-career QS win at the Jacksonville Super Girl Pro over CT elite Caroline Marks to cap off 2021. However, it only marks the men's second event of their 2021/22 season, and points couldn't be more crucial after Taro Watanabe earned his second-career QS win at the WRV Outer Banks Pro.
Spencer, Watanabe and more will contest for 1,000 points in familiar settings at the Pismo Beach Pier as they look to add their names to the list of winners.
Event kick-off party, hosted by 805 Beer, will be held at Vespera Resort on Thursday, January 27, 2022, at 5:00 pm. Fans can watch in person at the Pismo Pier or watch online on the World Surf League's website, mobile app, and YouTube Channel (no charge).
For more information, visit SLO CAL OPEN PISMO BEACH