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WSL Founders' Cup of Surfing Teams Revealed

The World Surf League (WSL) today is revealing the full teams for the Founders' Cup of Surfing presented by Michelob ULTRA Pure Gold. The specialty event will be the first public event at the world-famous Surf Ranch facility in Lemoore, California, and will run from May 5 - 6, 2018.

Plus: Pre-sale tickets are on sale now for pre-registered fans! Purchase at WSLFoundersCup.com.

Kelly Slater's Emotional Ride to the Future Classic
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The Future Classic was a test event last September, to try out the new wave and contest format. In May, fans will be able to attend.

A first for WSL athletes, the continental co-ed teams event will see a cross-section of the world's best surfers battling it out for the public at the world's most high-performance man-made wave.

"The Founders' Cup of Surfing is going to be a really special part of the 2018 calendar," said Kieren Perrow, WSL Commissioner. "We're really excited to be opening up this amazing facility to the public with this teams event. It's something new for surfing, but I think it will be a lot of fun and exciting to see how the world's best surfers perform in this kind of a format."

Lima at the Surf Ranch in Lemoore, California, during the Future Classic. Silvana Lima, savoring the wave at the Future Classic. WSL / Kenneth Morris

AUSTRALIA TEAM:

Captain: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS)
Mick Fanning (AUS)
Matt Wilkinson (AUS)
Julian Wilson (AUS)
Tyler Wright (AUS)

BRAZIL TEAM:

Captain: Gabriel Medina (BRA)
Adriano de Souza (BRA)
Filipe Toledo (BRA)
Silvana Lima (BRA)
Taina Hinckel (BRA)

2017 Future Classic at Kelly Slater's Surf Ranch in Lemoore, CA, USA Picture yourself here.... WSL / Sean Rowland

EUROPE TEAM:

Captain: Johanne Defay (FRA)
Jeremy Flores (FRA)
Frederico Morais (PRT)
Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA)
Frankie Harrer (DEU)

USA TEAM:

Captain: Kelly Slater (USA)
John John Florence (USA)
Kolohe Andino (USA)
Carissa Moore (USA)
Courtney Conlogue (USA)

WORLD TEAM:

Captain: Jordy Smith (ZAF)
Michel Bourez (PYF)
Kanoa Igarashi (JPN)
Paige Hareb (NZL)
Bianca Buitendag (ZAF)

The Surf Ranch facility, which was revealed online to the public in December 2015, boasts the best man-made wave in history -- a 700-yard, high-performance, bi-directional wave featuring barrel sections and maneuver sections.

Primarily existing as a testing facility, the Lemoore site has spent the past two years dialing in the technology under the guidance of 11-time WSL Champion, Kelly Slater, and feedback from visiting WSL surfers. A private test event last September paved the way for the May Founders' Cup of Surfing and the Surf Ranch CT event in September.

Pre-sale tickets on sale now for pre-registered fans: WSLFoundersCup.com.

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