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WSL Extends Australian Broadcast Partnership

WSL Extends Australian Broadcast Partnership

The World Surf League (WSL) has announced an extension to their broadcasting partnership with Seven Network, that includes the biggest and most iconic moments of the 2023 season.

The deal sees the pair build on a successful Olympics and 2022 season, and will include every WSL live contest, along with highlights on Seven and 7plus.

Additionally, Seven will broadcast the Rip Curl WSL Finals and an 11-hour highlights show.

Commenting on the extension, Seven Melbourne managing director and head of network sport, Lewis Martin, said: “Surfing is a sport that draws a lot of passion from people all over the world, particularly Australians, so we’re stoked to continue our partnership with the World Surf League.”

“As we sit at the precipice of a new era of surfing, it’s an incredibly exciting time for the much-loved sport.

“The nation’s golden girl of the waves, Steph Gilmore, is showing no signs of slowing down after claiming her eighth world title this year, and who could forget the greatest of all time, Kelly Slater, making history in the Pipeline last year?”

“With the future of Aussie surfing in the hands of newcomers Molly Picklum, Isabella Nichols and Ethan Ewing, 2023 is set to deliver more stories and moments that you cannot miss, and you can catch it all right here on Seven and 7plus,” he said.

WSL APAC president, Andrew Stark, added: “We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Channel 7 and 7 Plus in Australia and look forward to sharing our amazing WSL events and stories through the 7 network.”

“Seven are a true leader in Australian sports broadcasting and we are genuinely appreciative of our partnership and look forward to continuing the momentum into the future,” he said.

The news comes after WSL announced the first-ever artificial surf park.

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