CBS Sports Network and WSL announce agreement
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 28 July, 2015 - Los Angeles - CBS Sports Network has reached an agreement with World Surf League (WSL) to provide more than 40 hours of coverage of the world’s best surfers competing on some of the most iconic breaks in the world.
Competitors include 11-time World Champion Kelly Slater (USA), three-time WSL Champion Mick Fanning (AUS), who made headlines last week by escaping a shark attack during competition, and reigning six-time WSL Champion Stephanie Gilmore (AUS).
The programming, which begins today, Tuesday, July 28 with the Quiksilver and Roxy Pro Gold Coast Men’s and Women’s double-header, continues through January and includes 20 two-hour episodes featuring coverage of the Semifinals and Finals from each Championship Tour event, as well as a special presentation of the Vans U.S.
Open of Surfing, a nine-day event recognized as the largest professional sports competition and action sports festival in the world, on Saturday, Aug. 1 (9:00 PM, ET) and Sunday, Aug. 2 (9:00 PM, ET).
Joe Turpel and former WSL World Champion, Martin Potter, call the action from some of the most remote and exotic surfing locations in the world. Ronnie Blakey, Ross Williams and Peter Mel round out the commentary team.
CBS Sports Network’s schedule, which now features the most surfing action of any Network is included below.
CBS Sports Network is available across the country through local cable, video and telco providers and via satellite on DirectTV Channel 221 and Dish Network Channel 158. CBS Sports Network channel finder and more.
The CBS Sports Network coverage will give television audiences another way to watch the world's best surfers in addition to the existing one-hour highlight shows from ABC's World of X-Games.
Samsung Galaxy WSL Championship Tour on CBS Sports Network schedule:
- Tuesday, July 28, 10 p.m ET - Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast (Gold Coast, Australia)
- Tuesday, July 28, 12 midnight ET - Roxy Pro Gold Coast (Gold Coast, Australia)
- Saturday, August 1 and Sunday, August 2, 9 p.m. ET - Vans U.S. Open of Surfing (Huntington Beach, California, USA)
- Tuesday, August 4, 11 p.m. ET - Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach (Bells Beach, Australia)
- Tuesday, August 11, 11 p.m. ET - Rip Curl Women's Pro Bells Beach (Bells Beach, Australia)
- Tuesday, August 18, 11 p.m. ET - Drug Aware Margaret River Pro (Margaret River, Australia)
- Tuesday, August 25, 10 p.m. ET - Drug Aware Margaret River Women's Pro (Margaret River, Australia)
- Tuesday, August 25, 12 midnight ET - Oi Rio Pro (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
- Tuesday, September 1, 11 p.m. ET - Oi Rio Women’s Pro (Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil)
- Thursday, September 10, 9 p.m. ET - Fiji Pro (Tavarua/Namotu, Fiji)
- Thursday, September 17, 9 p.m. ET - Fiji Women’s Pro (Tavarua/Nomotu, Fiji)
- Thursday, September 24, 9 p.m. ET - J-Bay Open (Jeffreys Bay, South Africa)
- Thursday, October 1, 9 p.m. ET - Billabong Pro Tahiti (Teahupoo, Taiarapu, Tahiti)
- Thursday, October 8, 9 p.m. ET - Hurley Pro at Trestles (Trestles, California, USA)
- Thursday, November 12, 9 p.m. ET - Swatch Women’s Pro Trestles (Trestles, California, USA)
- Thursday, November 19, 9 p.m. ET - Cascais Women’s Pro (Cascais, Portugal)
- Thursday, November 26, 9 p.m. ET - Quiksilver Pro France (Landes, South West France)
- Thursday, December 3, 7:30 p.m. ET - Roxy Pro France (Landes, South West France)
- Thursday, December 10, 8 p.m. ET - Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal (Peniche/Cascais, Portugal)
- TBD - Maui Women's Pro (Honolua Bay, Maui, Hawaii)
- TBD - Billabong Pipe Masters (Banzai Pipeline, Oahu, Hawaii)