After much consultation with Host Cities, Tour and Event Partners and Sponsors, together with an in depth evaluation of the situation as it relates to the escalating Covid-19 virus, the APP announces that it is cancelling the first 2 events of the 2020 season that were scheduled to take place in Pornichet, France in June and Maui, Hawaii in July in the interests of all concerned.While the last thing the APP wants to do is cancel these flagship events, its priority is the safety and health of our athletes, staff and communities that we impact across all our global regions, and as such, are left with no option but to take this action and adjust the season accordingly.
What does this mean?
The 2020 APP Racing Season will be condensed to 3 high profle stops, starting with Osaka, Japan in September, and then going onto Gran Canaria as planned for a built out version of what was originally planned to include both distance and sprint racing, and finishing with Paris as the Grand Final for 2020.
Here is the updated Schedule:
Osaka SUP Open, Japan: 25th - 27th September
Gran Canaria Pro-Am, Spain: 27th - 29th November
Paris SUP Open, France: 4th - 6th December
There will be no discards for the 2020 season, with all 3 distance results and all 3 sprints counting towards the overall World Title and Rankings, meaning that each event will be critical to Athletes overall result for the year.
While this is the adjusted plan for the 2020 season, the APP will continue to monitor the situation as it evolves and provide regular updates as we look ahead to the new season kick off in Osaka, as the World still faces the unknown of how quickly this will all clear up.
For any further information on the APP World Tour or questions about the Season adjustment, please email us at email@example.com and stay tuned to www.appworldtour.com and @appworldtour for updates directly from the APP.
Given that the kick off for the 2020 APP World Tour Surfing Season was already scheduled for early October, it will remain unchanged for now, pending any major developments over the coming months.
The APP will continue to monitor the situation as it evolves, communicating and working closely with all stakeholders to ensure that everything can proceed as planned in the best interest of all concerned.
Here is the Schedule for the 2020 APP World Surfing Tour:
Cascais Pro-Am, Portugal: 4th - 10th October
Barbados Pro, Barbados: 10th - 15th November
Gran Canaria Pro-Am, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria: 24th November - 1st December
Stay tuned for all the latest from the APP World Tour and updates surrounding all aspects of the 2020 Season at www.appworldtour.com and @appworldtour and for any specific questions, email the APP directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
While the first half of 2020 will be slow in terms of events, watch out for a major ramp up in programming coming from the APP Media Team as we look back at an incredible decade of World Championship Tour competition and look forward to what will be another dramatic year of competition in 2020.
The Team will go behind the scenes to provide a more intimate perspective on the characters of the APP World Tour, the Venues, and what it takes to become the best of the best, while celebrating the magical moments of the sport from the last decade.