Lakey Peterson: negotiating the barrel at Lemoore's Surf Ranch | Photo: Cestari/WSL

Daily passes for the inaugural Surf Ranch Pro will cost $99 each.

The World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT) is turning 100 miles inland for the first Surf Ranch Pro from September 6-9.

It will be the first time a CT contest is being held in the wave pool designed by the 11-time world champion, Kelly Slater.

Nevertheless, it will also be a paid event, meaning that spectators will have to pay $199 for full event general admission packages.

After the first test with the Founders' Cup of Surfing, the WSL will debut a Dream Tour inland competition in the man-made wave located in Lemoore, California.

"Friday's sunset surf session will feature a unique ‘Big Air' exhibition session, and Saturday fans will be treated to a Longboard exhibition. Surf Ranch Pro promises to bring together a surf trifecta of intense competition, aerial 'wow,' and the beauty of classic longboards," WSL explains.

"Entertainment continues all weekend with Friday's post-surf headliner concert, DJs spinning tunes throughout, live art installations, and more. Organizers are adding additional food and beverage stations, as well as more general admission and VIP viewing locations. Camping will be available, too."

As with the J-Bay Open event in South Africa, everyone else will be forced to watch the world's best trading artificial barrels through Facebook only.

Surf Ranch: an artificial wave breaking inland | Photo: Cestari/WSL

The Surf Ranch Pro Format

During qualifying, the top 36 men and 18 women in the world will be scored by the combined score of their best right and best left wave, building toward the finals on Sunday when the top eight men and four women will compete for the first-ever Surf Ranch Pro trophies and critical points toward their world title campaigns.

The WSL expects to unroll additional wave enhancements during Surf Ranch Pro that will challenge the competitors to bring their creative and technical best to Lemoore.

Ticket Packages

Full event general admission packages (Friday-Sunday) start at $199 for adults. Daily passes are $99 each.

Grom tickets are available at a discounted rate, and all proceeds from grom ticket purchases will be donated to PURE, WSL's ocean health initiative.

The VIP experience, which includes an exclusive VIP viewing deck, elevated food options, and an open bar, is available for $499.

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