WORLD SURFING CHAMPIONSHIP
THE EVOLUTION OF THE SPORT WHERE ATHLETES PARTICIPATE WITH VIDEOS FROM ANYHERE AROUND THE WORLD
SURF WEB SERIES IS A RESPONSE TO CURRENT CHALLENGES AND IT’S PURPOSES IS TO CONNECT SURFERS, WAVES, PARTNERS AND FANS THROUGH THE WEB. IT IS A DISRUPTIVE PLATFORM OF SIMPLE DIGITAL ENGAGEMENT WITH THE AUDIENCE.
The online world tour will comprise of approximately eight contests, culminating in a world final featuring the best surfers from each country. In addition, big wave, longboard and bodyboard events are also in planning.
What is SWS?
Surf Web Series is an online surfing world championship. It represents something of a revolution of competitive surfing in which athletes compete by entering surf videos from around the world. The digital platform showcases surfers putting in their best performances on the best waves in their home countries. In this way the SWS is able to impact surf fans directly, in a massive way, anywhere in the world. All they need is a smartphone!
Why we are doing it?
SWS was born as a solution to the travel and other restrictions and challenges the world is currently facing. It aims to connect surfers, waves, partners and fans through the Internet. It is a disruptive concept, yet comprises uncomplicated engagement with the audience. It allows the promotion of surfers using widely-available technology and supports talents without geographic or economic barriers. In this was SWS seeks to promote surfers on a global scale through free surf sessions.
Who is surfing?
The the best contest- and free-surfers from each country can compete from their own home breaks. They are able to showcase their best performances without travelling anywhere, giving opportunity to anyone that has an impressive surfing, no matter his sponsors, image, social media or any support. Performance is all that counts.
How it works?
Each individual international event is run over a two week period, with the best surfers in the country participating in elimination rounds. The heats are structured in traditional professional surf competition format and competitors submit a single wave clip per heat. The published waves must be from the country of the event, have a maximum size established and have been surfed during a specific period.
What is the judging format?
To determine who advances in the competition, the jury is made up of fans who vote through social media together with four professional judges who will score each wave on the current criteria of the sport.
Who is behind it?
Surf Web Series is a platform chaired by surfing legend Gary Linden. Together, with Surf Open League, they have launched the first online world surfing championship.