|CAPE TOWN, South Africa (Tuesday, August 31, 2021) – The World Surf League (WSL) Africa and Accelerate Sport announced the cancellation of the City Surf Series scheduled to start in October 2021. Organisers Accelerate Sport said with the current lockdown restrictions in South Africa, the decision was made with the safety of the athletes and public in mind.
The City Surf Series would have hosted WSL Qualifying Series (QS) events in South Africa, with surfers competing in Port Alfred, Nelson Mandela Bay, George, Richards Bay and Cape Town.
Accelerate Sport will work together with the WSL and Surfing South Africa (SSA) to reschedule the series for 2022.
“Due to the constantly evolving situation with COVID-19 cases and restrictions, the safety of our athletes, event staff, and fans remain paramount. It’s extremely disappointing for everyone involved, but we are already working on an exciting calendar of WSL Qualifying Series events in Africa for 2022,” said WSL Africa Regional Manager Colin Fitch.
CEO of Accelerate Sport, Daniel Quinta stated, “It was a difficult decision to make as the local surfing community has been starved for events over the past 18 months. No event organizer wishes to ever cancel or postpone an event, however, having consulted with our partners, we feel this is the correct decision for all involved. We want to thank our partners for sticking with us and for understanding the situation we are in. We have set our sights on 2022 with the aim of making it the best year yet and providing the athletes with the opportunity to become the next Bianca Buitendag.”
The City Surf Series has grown from strength to strength since it launched in 2016, with 19 athletes that participated in the Tokyo Olympics having competed in the series over the years.