Courtesy of WSL North America
- SLO CAL Brings WSL to Morro Rock For Historic First-Ever Professional Surf Event
- Central Coast Local Jones Looks to Continue Great Form From Pismo Beach
- 15-Year-Old Beckett Makes WSL Debut Representing Hometown of Morro Bay
- More Available At WorldSurfLeague.com
MORRO BAY, California/ USA (Wednesday, February 26, 2020) – The World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS) is back on California’s central coastline for the inaugural SLO CAL Open at Morro Bay, a men’s and women’s QS 1,000, beginning February 27 – March 1. This marks the first-ever WSL event at the beautiful beach break of Morro Rock. Some of North America’s top regional talents return to competition following their success in Pismo Beach earlier this month and are joined by a hungry field of competitors ready to claim valuable points on home soil.
Bringing in some high-flying caliber, recent SLO CAL Open at Pismo Beach Semifinalist and local standout Braden Jones (USA) join in alongside some of California’s, and North America’s, top upcoming QS threats. Jones matched his best-career performance with the Semifinal appearance at his hometown earlier this month and now looks to go even bigger at a wave he’s had plenty of experience at.
“It gets fun on northwest swells in the winter and (Morro Bay) is a cool place with lots of cool spots to surf by yourself or with a couple buddies out,” said Jones. “One of my most memorable sessions at Morro Bay was a day when it was glassy and peaky surfing down the beach with two of my buddies getting insane waves. There is always something to surf at Morro but sometimes it can turn on and get really fun.”
But, Jones must face the likes of former Championship Tour (CT) competitor and two-time Vans US Open of Surfing winner Brett Simpson (USA), QS veteran Cory Arrambide (USA), along with fellow local competitors Austin Neumann (USA) and Joel Bishop (USA) among the stacked field.
Hailing from Morro Bay, Sydney Beckett enters her first-ever WSL event as she plans to expand upon a prominent amateur career amid the NSSA. The 15-year-old has the advantage of local knowledge and spending the majority of her time surfing near Morro Rock where the event is set to take place and its surroundings. But she also has the hometown in her corner.
“I’m so excited to be a part of this event,” said Beckett. “I spend my summers doing junior guards and exploring the rock and jumping off it like ‘BS’ Rock. It’s such a great spot to explore. To have this contest get put on in my hometown is so great and I can’t wait to see all these great surfers come here to appreciate where I live. It means so much that my family and friends are also here to support me and see me surf as well.”
Fellow standout, Sawyer Lindblad (USA), earning her maiden QS victory in her first event earlier this month in Pismo Beach, join the talented field that includes Makena Burke (USA), Ella McCaffray (USA), and a plethora of emerging North America competitors ready to make their mark.
Event organizers will convene at 7:30am PST to determine a possible 8:00am start for men’s Round 1. Women’s competition will begin Friday, February 28.
Tune in LIVE for the SLO CAL Open at Morro Bay from February 27 – March 1 at www.WorldSurfLeague.com.
The event is proudly sponsored by Visit SLO CAL, Dignity Health, Jeep, 805 Beer, Surfers of Tomorrow, Mid-State Containers, La Serena Hotel, City of Morro Bay, Peak WiFi, Natural Healing Center, Cool Cat Cafe, Hubbell Real Estate Group, Mechanics Bank, Pack Design Group, Sunrun Solar, Aqua Systems, Moshpit Digital, Sunshine and Reign Photography, Surfing for Hope, Catch Some Air, and Ahern Rentals.