Surf Ranch added to the WSL Championship Tour calendar

The Surf Ranch will host one of the events of the 2018 World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour.

The announcement comes two months after the completion of the Future Classic, the first ever surf competition held at Kelly Slater's wave pool in Leemore, Central California.

WSL is not entirely clear on how the contest format will run. The pro surfing organization only notes that the man-made waves will "complement and evolve the competitive experience."

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The wetsuit thickness and water temperature chart

The surf industry produces several types of wetsuits for different environments. Check out the wetsuit temperature guide.

Wetsuit thickness is a compromise between staying warm and comfortable in the surf and flexibility. The thicker the neoprene is, the less flexible you'll feel in the waves.

Should I wear a wetsuit if I travel to Hawaii or Australia? What is the ideal wetsuit thickness for the UK? Is a 3/2 enough for surfing in Australia? And for Southern California waves, which wetsuit should I wear?

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The different types of surf breaks

The surf break is the zone - or lineup - where waves start to break. Take a look at the five main types of surf breaks and their characteristics.

Every surfer has a dream wave, an idyllic warm water location where waves form and peel perfectly down the line as if they were sent from heaven just for us.

In the real world, however, things can be a little bit underwhelming. Even perfect surf spots have their bad days with closeouts, long flat spells, and ultra crowded lineups.

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