World Surf League Lands in Barbados for QS 5000

The World Surf League is coming to the end of its North American Qualifying Series, but before it does, it is making one final stop, in Barbados.

The WSL has been gaining popularity in Barbados, an island known for its beautiful beaches and perfect surfing conditions. The WSL has hosted several surfing competitions in Barbados in recent years, bringing the world’s best surfers to the island to compete for prizes and recognition.

One of the most popular surfing spots in Barbados is the Soup Bowl, a surf break located on the east coast of the island. The Soup Bowl is known for its big waves and challenging surf conditions, making it an ideal location for professional surfers to show off their skills. The WSL has hosted several competitions at the Soup Bowl, including the Barbados Surf Pro.

The Barbados Surf Pro is a major event on the WSL calendar, attracting some of the best surfers in the world to the island to compete for prize money and rankings points. The event features both men’s and women’s competitions, with surfers from around the world coming to Barbados to test their skills against the local talent. The Barbados Surf Pro was recently upgraded from QS 3000 to QS 5000, meaning even more money and acclaim is up for grabs among competitors.

The Barbados Surf Pro is not the only time the WSL comes to town however. They have also hosted other surfing events in Barbados, including the Turtle Bay Pro and the Barbados Pro Junior. These events have helped to raise the profile of surfing in Barbados, as well as providing opportunities for local surfers to compete against some of the best in the world.

The WSL’s presence in Barbados has also had a positive impact on the local economy, bringing in tourism revenue and creating jobs in the hospitality and tourism industries. The surfing events hosted by the WSL have helped to promote Barbados as a destination for surfing enthusiasts, drawing visitors from around the world to the island’s beautiful beaches and clear waters.

An exciting week of sun and surfing awaits for those lucky enough to be attending the WSL event, which runs from the 27th March to the 2nd April. The event acts as a full stop for the WSL’s North American Qualifying Series for 2022/23. The QS 5000 event taking place will be in Rio De Janeiro during the last week of April.


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Pictured: One of 2022’s event standouts and Barbados’ own, Caleb Rapson, looks to shake up the rankings once more at home. Credit: © WSL / Nichols

2022/23 North America Qualifying Series Remaining Schedule

SLO CAL Open Morro Bay QS 1,000 – February 23 – 26

Ron Jon Quiksilver/ROXY Pro QS 1,000 – March 8 – 12

Cabarete Pro powered by Carambola House QS 3,000 – March 15 – 18

Barbados Surf Pro QS 3,000 – March 28 – April 2

2023 North America Pro Junior Remaining Schedule

Ron Jon Quiksilver/Roxy Pro Junior – March 8 – 12

Barbados Surf Pro QS – March 28 – April 2

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