2020 WSL Championship Tour: the world's best surfers will finish the season at Pipeline | Photo: Scholtz/WSL

The World Surf League (WSL) has released its 2020 Championship Tour (CT) schedule.

The world's best male and female surfers will compete against each other in a very special year for the sport.

The year 2020 marks surfing's debut as an official Olympic discipline. Japan will host the elite of surfing from July 24 to August 9.

The WSL adjusted the calendar to the Tokyo 2020 program so that all competitors involved in The Games can manage their time between events.

Male surfers will compete in 11 stages; female athletes will travel to 10 different locations. But there are not many changes or surprises.

The only new addition is the Quiksilver Pro G-Land at Grajagan, Indonesia. The event replaces Corona Bali Protected.

G-Land: the famous Indonesia left-hander is on the 2020 CT schedule | Photo: Testemale/Quiksilver

Trestles is still out of the equation, and the WSL insists on the wave pool contest held at Surf Ranch.

"The 2020 CT is our strongest calendar to date. The performance levels seen in recent seasons continue to go to new levels and excite an ever-growing global audience," said Sophie Goldschmidt, CEO of WSL.

The professional surfing circuit will also debut a new Qualifying Series (QS) format with the Challenger Series (10,000-point events) and the QS 5,000, 3,000, 1,500, and 1,000 contests.

The 2020 Dream Tour kicks off on March 26 in Australia's Gold Coast.

2020 WSL Championship Tour | Schedule

Men
Corona Open Gold Coast | March 26 - April 5
Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach | April 8-18
Margaret River Pro | April 22 - May 2
Quiksilver Pro G-Land | June 4-14
Oi Rio Pro | June 18-27
Corona Open J-Bay | July 7-19
Tahiti Pro Teahupo'o | August 26 - September 6
Michelob ULTRA Pure Gold Freshwater Pro | September 15-20
Quiksilver Pro France | October 1-11
Meo Rip Curl Pro Portugal | October 14-25
Billabong Pipe Masters | December 8-20

Women
Corona Open Gold Coast | March 26 - April 5
Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach | April 8-18
Margaret River Pro | April 22 - May 2
Quiksilver Pro G-Land | June 4-14
Oi Rio Pro | June 18-27
Corona Open J-Bay | July 7-19
Michelob ULTRA Pure Gold Freshwater Pro | September 15-20
Roxy Pro France | October 1-11
Meo Rip Curl Pro Portugal | October 14-25
Hawaii Pro | November 25-December 6

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