The World Surf League (WSL) has announced that it will be returning to Arugam Bay, Sri Lanka, this September for the ‘So Sri Lanka Pro Men’s
The five-day contest sponsored by the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau will draw a massive international field of competitors all vying for important QS points as they look to qualify for the elite Championship Tour (CT).
The beautiful and consistent point breaks of the Arugam Bay area are world renowned for offering up long high-performance walls with endless turn and tube sections making it the perfect place for a professional event of this size.
The last time the WSL held an event in this area it was won by perennial world title threat Julian Wilson in the year that he qualified for the CT.
“Sri Lanka is an incredibly beautiful country with an abundance of waves on offer for surfers of all levels, so we are stoked to be heading back,” said WSL Asia Event Director Steve Robertson.
“With world-class surf and solid qualifying points on offer at the So Sri Lanka Pro, we’re expecting a solid field of some of surfing’s biggest names to attend this year’s event.
The event will be broadcast across all WSL channels and will show surf fans around the world just how incredible the surf in Sri Lanka really is,” he added.
The So Sri Lanka Pro will also provide a huge opportunity for some of the local surfers to take on the international professionals as wildcards in the event.
“It will be so amazing to have the WSL come back to Sri Lanka,” said Sri Lankan Surfing Federation President Hiran Ukwatte.