The World Surf League (WSL) has announced an updated schedule for its Championship Tour (CT) events in Australia with three new stops.
According to a media release on Tuesday, Newcastle and North Narrabeen in New South Wales (NSW) and Rottnest Island in Western Australia (WA) will join Margaret River to host the iconic surf events.
Meanwhile, events in Gold Coast and Bells Beach will be canceled this year as the WSL was unable to secure pre-approved bubbles in Queensland and Victoria in time amid ongoing COVID-19 restrictions in those states.
“The WSL is truly excited to have the CT coming back to Australia in 2021 with the addition of an extra event,” said WSL APAC General Manager Andrew Stark.
“This year, the Aussie CT leg is looking very different to what we’re used to due to COVID-19.”
The WSL reached an agreement with the NSW government last week to allow international competitors to travel from Los Angeles to Sydney in a chartered flight.
Once in Sydney, all traveling athletes and support staff will undergo a mandatory 14-day hotel quarantine and obtain a medical clearance from public health officials before entering the general community and competing in NSW and WA.
A COVID-19 health and safety plan for each event will include physical distancing measures, temperature checks, enhanced high-touch cleaning, contact tracing procedures and minimal personnel on-site.