World Surf League agrees ‘game-changing’ digital partnership with Facebook
By Taruka Srivastav | January 25, 2018
The World Surf League (WSL) has named Facebook as its exclusive digital partner to livestream all the top events in surfing until 2019.
This includes all elite men’s and women’s Championship Tour events, the Qualifying Series 10,000 and Big Wave Tour events, as well as the World Junior Championships.
Sophie Goldschmidt, WSL CEO, said: “Facebook fosters a global community and, as surfing is a sport that celebrates and centers around community, we are proud to announce our media rights partnership with the platform.
“This is game-changing for the sport in many ways and, with current and new fans front of mind, we can retain the free offering to fans, and it allows us to deliver the world’s best surfing to even more people on Facebook’s platform.”
Dan Reed, Facebook’s head of global sports partnerships, said: “We’re thrilled to become the exclusive home of the World Surf League’s live events for the next two years. This is a natural next step in our terrific partnership, which has steadily progressed over the years as the League has expertly used Facebook to distribute content and build community.
“This was especially true last year, when millions of fans came together on our platform to watch live surfing. We’re excited to help WSL continue to serve and grow this vibrant community and usher in a new era of surf broadcasting on Facebook Watch.”