2018 Watersports Events You Should Know About
Events and competitions are some of the best ways to see what’s up and coming in the world of watersports. Seeing a live competition keeps attendees in-the-know about new fads, styles and gear. Not only do competitors have their fingers on the pulse of what’s new, but other sports-lovers attending the event are just as likely to recommend new trends. Here are three watersports events in 2018 you won’t want to miss.
2018 World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tours
Opening Day in Gold Coast, AU— March 11, 2018
The WSL has made quite a few changes to the 2018 tour. The removal of Fiji from the list of locations is one of the most notable shifts, but its replacement — Indonesia — is said to be home to some of the best surf in the world. Additionally, women surfers are now included in the Jeffreys Bay event in South Africa. Fresh surf and big changes are sure to make for a unique championship season worth witnessing.
Scuba and Watersports Expo
Tacoma, Washington, US — April 20-22, 2018
This three-day expo showcases over 50 different seminars on topics ranging from building your scuba diving bucket list to learning about the economic impact of diving. No matter what your preferences, there’s something available for everyone. In addition to seminars by well-known diving specialists, the expo features a dive show that “helps local divers reconnect with the roots of diving” and emphasizes community among the divers. This event is a must-see for developing your knowledge on the sport and expanding your diving community.
National Watersports Festival 2018
Rutland Water, Oakham, UK— June 8-10, 2018
The 12th annual National Watersports Festival will feature windsurfing, stand-up paddle boarding (SUP) and kayaking. This is not a professional competition; the family-oriented event is a watersports community event open to the public. “Taster sessions” are available to those who want to go out on the water, and there’s plenty of music and food for those who would rather watch from the shore. This event is geared toward amateurs looking to test their skills and is highly recommended for meeting other locals practicing watersports.
These are just a few of the big events to follow in 2018. Whether you’re in it for the show or you’re on the lookout for new gear, events and competitions are great places to keep up with the latest watersports trends.