While professional sports around North America are working hard to reopen safely and bring sporting events to fans, the World Surf League has cancelled the 2020 surfing season.

The League is citing continued uncertainty surrounding international travel and the need to keep the athletes safe and healthy.

World Surf League CEO Erik Logan spoke on the decision saying, “while we firmly believe that surfing is amongst the sports best suited for competition to be held safely during the age of unresolved COVID, we have huge respect for the ongoing concerns of many in our community as the world works to resolve this.”

Unlike a ball game where competitors can isolate themselves in a single location to play their games like with basketball and hockey, surfers must ride the waves and go where they can find the big waves.

The WSL hopes to get the 2021 season underway in December in Oahu, provided it is safe to do so.

 

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