The Tundra Tour: Stories From The Wild | Coming to a City Near You

This fall, YETI is traveling the country with a film tour to celebrate Tundra’s 10th anniversary, so catch them while they’re in the area! Each event will showcase a selection of never-before-seen YETI films, appearances from an array of our brand ambassadors, and raffles with exclusive YETI prizes to win. Plus, all proceeds will go straight to supporting local nonprofit organizations that share our love for the outdoors. Find cities, dates, and links to buy tickets below.

FILM TOUR AND TICKETS

REDWOOD CITY CA
09 / 19
FOX THEATRE
7:30PM
SANTA ANA CA
09 / 20
THE YOST THEATRE
7:30PM
NASHVILLE TN
09 / 26
MARATHON MUSIC WORKS
7:30PM
ATLANTA GA
09 / 28
BUCKHEAD THEATRE
8PM
CHICAGO IL
10 / 03
THALIA HALL
7:30PM
SOMERVILLE MA
10 / 10
SOMERVILLE THEATRE
7:30PM
ARLINGTON VA
10 / 11
ARLINGTON DRAFTHOUSE
7PM
ORLANDO FL
10 / 18
THE PLAZA LIVE
7:30PM
AUSTIN TX
11 / 14
ACL LIVE
7PM

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Concert Review: Dave Matthews Band Teaches Crash Course in Chops at Tour Finale

Team Lady Bird, all the way. That’s one appropriate thumbnail reaction to the Dave Matthews Band’s tour-ending show Monday at the Hollywood Bowl, which included a mid-set rendition of “Crash Into Me,” as revived last year in a certain Oscar-robbed teen comedy-drama. As “Lady Bird” viewers may recall, one of the film’s key moment of […]

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A cook’s tour: Kappabashi Street, Tokyo’s Kitchen Town

With its handmade chefs’ knives, ornate chopsticks and bento boxes, the Tokyo street where restaurants buy kitchenware is also a great place for tourists to pick up souvenirs

The first thing you notice when entering Tokyo’s Kappabashi Street is the towering chef statue. His 11-metre-high head, with a thick moustache and a crisp white chef’s hat, has come to symbolise this neighbourhood, known locally as Kitchen Town.

The name fits as the 800-metre-long street is lined with more than 170 shops selling everything a professional or home cook could dream of. A short walk from two of Tokyo’s most popular tourist destinations – Sensō-ji Temple in Asakusa and Ueno Park – the district has been supplying the local restaurant trade for nearly a century.

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Nicki Minaj Postpones Tour in the Wake of Her Twitter Rant About Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott

Nicki Minaj fans might have to wait a bit longer to see the rapper on tour.

The “Chun-Li” singer, 35, has postponed her North American leg of her NickiHndrxx Tour, Live Nation announced in a statement Tuesday.

Future, who was announced as her co-headliner in June, will no longer be part of the tour, Live Nation confirmed. The U.S. tour was supposed to kick off on Sept. 21 in Baltimore, Maryland.

“Due to scheduling conflicts Future will not be on the North American run,” Live Nation’s statement said. “Nicki Minaj will be announcing new North American dates to kick off in May 2019. Refunds for the previously scheduled North American dates will be available at point of purchase, with new Nicki Minaj on-sale details announced soon.”

Minaj’s European leg will go ahead as planned in 2019 with the tour kicking off in Munich, Germany, on Feb. 21, alongside Future.

RELATED: Nicki Minaj Makes Debut Performance After Releasing Queen with Medley of New Songs During VMAs

The tour changes follow a report by Page Six that ticket sales for the tour were much lower than expected.

A source told the outlet, “Nicki’s tour could be the most disappointing ticket sales of the year for any artist.”

According to the source, the rapper’s concerts were in arenas with the ability to fit around 20,000 fans but sales in Baltimore only showed 2,000 tickets sold, while in Los Angeles 3,400 tickets were sold.

New Orleans sold 1,000, while Chicago sold 3,900. Minaj’s hometown of Brooklyn only sold 5,050, the outlet reported.

The news comes after Minaj accused Travis Scott of using his girlfriend Kylie Jenner to promote his Astroworld album on Sunday. Her own album, Queen, was released on Aug. 10.

Minaj claimed Jenner — who included a link to his album in an Instagram post saying she and the couple’s daughter would be joining him on tour — was partly behind the success of his album.

I put my blood sweat & tears in writing a dope album only for Travis Scott to have Kylie Jenner post a tour pass telling ppl to come see her & Stormi. Lol. Im actually laughing,” Minaj wrote on Sunday.  

In a separate message, she wrote that Scott’s high sales could also be attributed to the fact that he’s selling album bundles online, which also include merchandise and tour “season passes” that entitle fans to priority venue entry and discounts.

Continuing, Minaj praised the success of her album, writing, “#Queen broke the record of being number 1 in 86 countries. Thank Jesus & thank you to my fans.”

RELATED: Nicki Minaj Accuses Travis Scott of Using Kylie Jenner to Promote His Album

Hours later, Minaj denied that she had beef with Scott or Jenner.

“People are calling me thinking I’m huffing & puffing. Omg y’all this is sarcasm/dry humor. Yikes. I’m having the most iconNIC time. Come let me kiss you,” she wrote, adding a series of kissey face emojis.

Continuing, she wrote: “When people call me & hear me crackin up laughing they seem so puzzled. Loosen up.”

Minaj made her return to the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards on Monday night in a surprise remote performance where she performed a medley of songs from her new album Queen at The Oculus.


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Movie Screening | Surfers and Cowboys World Tour Coming to the Rock Church in San Diego

Walking On Water is looking forward to having you join us at the Rock Church in San Diego to view our most recent movie, Surfers and Cowboys!  You won’t want to miss this encouraging movie “where fear and faith collide”.  Bring your family, invite your friends and neighbors and come experience this amazing true story!  Watch the trailer here.  Doors open at 6:15pm, program begins at 7:00pm.

Special Musical Guest: The Tom Curren Band

Special Guests Include: Movie stars Zane Cook, Aaron Gold and Kyle Lane, along with Walking On Water Founder Bryan Jennings.

**Event tickets are suggested donation amounts that are tax-deductible donations to the Walking On Water ministry.

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A foodie homage to Catalonia: a tour of its unsung delta

Exploring the food and drink of the Ebro delta, our writer follows sustainably caught tuna from sea to plate, visits a ‘wine cathedral’ and samples Spanish sake

I’m snorkelling in the Mediterranean, three miles off the Catalan coast, and for a heart-stopping split second I’m eyeball-to-eyeball with my dinner – a 250kg bluefin tuna that shoots out of the deep blue abyss like a torpedo a metre below me. Our group of 30 or so snorkellers is surrounded by hundreds of the fish. When they swim past, they are moving so fast we feel the force of their wake and scream with excitement. I’d heard of fishing for your supper before … but never swimming with it.

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Demi Lovato cancels remaining tour shows after checking into rehab

Demi Lovato’s tour has come to an early end as the singer continues to recover from a reported drug overdose.

Lovato canceled the rest of the concerts on her “Tell Me You Love Me” tour, which had international dates scheduled in September and November, according to TMZ.

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Save The Waves Film Festival Launches 10th Annual Tour + Official Trailer

SANTA CRUZ, CA (July 30, 2018)  – This summer Save The Waves is excited to kickoff its 10th anniversary tour of the Save The Waves Film Festival, presented by UGG, with international premier screenings in Manchester, UK, the World Surfing Reserve of Ericeira, Portugal, and Rapa Nui.

 

Founded in 2008 with a single screening in San Francisco, the Save The Waves Film Festival (STWFF) was established as a storytelling platform to inspire audiences to protect our coastlines and the surf ecosystems. STWFF has grown steadily from a bi-coastal US tour in California and New York, to become the only internationally-touring environmental surf film festival in the world.

 

This year we received submissions from 18 countries from Australia to Iran and Morocco to Madagascar, and have our most eclectic and impactful film program to date. The Film Festival creates an educating and entertaining program with an international panel of professional filmmakers, photographers, activists and athletes. Veteran selection committee members such as Chris Burkard and Leah Dawson were joined by new additions such as activist diver “Shark Girl” Madison Stewart, Icelandic adventure photographer Elli Thor Magnusson, and big-wave champion Greg Long.

 

“We are stoked and humbled to be working with such talented folks to craft our 10-year anniversary program,” said Trey Highton, STWFF Film Festival Director.

 

This year’s feature films include Never Town, directed by Andrew Buckley, featuring Dave Rastavich, Wayne Lynch and Belinda Baggs exploring the rugged southern coasts of Australia. Also included in the 2018 program, is Nate Dappen’s The Passage, about the epic family tale of a homemade canoe trek from Washington to Alaska, and explores the themes of growing up, growing old, and the wild places that define us. Selected short films span the content spectrum, including important Oceanic indigenous voices from Hawaii in Pohaku and the Solomon Islands in The Message is in the Song; beautiful underwater cinematography from one of the masters of the genre Morgan Maassen; and important environmental work in Blue Ventures, The Turtle Ninja, and The Dolphin Board of Awesome.

 

To celebrate a decade of sharing the world’s best environmental surf films, STWFF will be hosting unique two-day events, featuring beach clean-ups, surfboard demos, workshops, art shows, and community roundtables on local environmental issues.

 

The first of these activations will be August 4th-5th in Rapa Nui, hosted by filmmaker Rodrigo Farias Moreno, big-wave surf legend and STW ambassador Ramon Navarro, and local surf activist Tavake Pacomio. The second will be held in Oceanside, CA at the Oceanside Museum of Art and the historic Star Theater on August 10th-11th, and feature an art show auction curated by Brooks Sterling, live music from Taken By Canadians, as well as special appearances from featured filmmakers.

 

Save The Waves will be adding stops to the tour calendar on a rolling basis, so stay tuned to the STW newsletter and film festival website. Find more details on the international tour, film program and how to get tickets at www.savethewaves.org/filmfest

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Huntington Beach Welcomes Women’s Championship Tour for Vans US Open of Surfing

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif./USA (Friday, July 27, 2018) – The Vans US Open of Surfing presented by Swatch welcomes back the world’s best surfers starting Monday, July 30 through August 5, 2018 as they compete in Stop No. 7 of 10 of the World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT).

The Vans US Open will play a critical role in the 2018 WSL World Title race, which is currently led by six-time WSL Champion Stephanie Gilmore (AUS). The Australian now wears the Jeep Leader Jersey after her win at the Corona Open J-Bay earlier this month. Gilmore has yet to claim a CT win in Surf City but will look for a strong start in her opening heat against last year’s event winner Sage Erickson (USA) and the event wildcard, who will be determined by a one-heat trials event.

“Huntington is a totally different venue to the rest of the year and I’ve always struggled a bit, but I feel good heading into it,” said Gilmore. “I feel excited about the current ratings and the processes I’m going through. All the girls are ripping so, it’s just about staying focused and making sure I’m investing all my energy into each heat. I feel like I can get a good result. I just have to really apply myself there.”

Lakey Peterson (USA), 2012 event winner, returns home to California for this event. The surfer from Santa Barbara, California sits just behind Gilmore in second place on the Jeep Leaderboard, hungry for her first World Title. She will be up against Coco Ho (HAW) and injury replacement Pauline Ado (FRA) in Round 1.

“It’ll be nice to be home for a minute and get that crowd support behind you,” Peterson said. “We’ve been in Australia, which has a lot of Aussie support there, and Bianca (Buitendag) had that support in South Africa, so that’ll be great to have that kind of hometown support. I’ve done well at Huntington Beach in the past so I think it’s a great opportunity to keep chipping away at Steph (Gilmore). I’m just looking forward to some time at home and getting the jersey on while there.”

16-year-old rookie Caroline Marks (USA) will also be one to watch in Huntington Beach next week. Earlier this year, Marks made history as the youngest surfer to ever qualify for the elite Championship Tour. Now, with more than half the season complete and currently sitting at World No. 7 on the Jeep Leaderboard, Marks hopes to continue her previous success in Huntington Beach and earn a big result in her rookie debut. Marks will be up against Australians Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) and Bronte Macaulay (AUS) when competition commences.

“The US Open is a different event because there are so many competitive surfing events on display,” said Marks. “There is the men’s and women’s juniors, our CT event, and even a big men’s QS event, so everyone is there together and cheering each other on. It’s really cool. I grew up competing at Huntington through all the amateur and junior events, and I’ve had a lot of success there. That gives me a lot of confidence heading into the CT event. I’m just excited to have my family there, it’s been a long year on the road so it’s a perfect time to be home for a few months.”

Facing ongoing health issues from contracting Influenza A during the Corona Open J-Bay, Tyler Wright (AUS) has withdrawn from next week’s Vans US Open of Surfing. The Australian is the reigning World Champion and currently ranked No. 5 on the Jeep Leaderboard.

“Unfortunately I will be withdrawing from Vans US Open of Surfing,” said Wright. “I’m still recovering from Influenza A. I’m home with the doggos getting better, but still a long way from full strength. Thanks to everyone for the continued support.”

Stepping in for Wright will be fellow Australian, Macy Callaghan. The 20-year-old is currently ranked No. 9 on the WSL Qualifying Series (QS) and competed at the Corona Open J-Bay earlier this month, where she lost to Frenchwoman Johanne Defay in Round 2.

Brazilian Silvana Lima has also withdrawn from the US Open after sustaining a knee injury in Round 1 of the Corona Open J-Bay. Although Lima powered through the rest of her heat, she was unable to finish the event. She will be replaced by former WSL CT surfer Ado.

The Huntington Beach waves will also feature the WSL Men’s Qualifying Series event, the men’s and women’s WSL Pro Junior events, the first-ever all women’s Vans Duct Tape Invitational longboarding competition, and the annual Vans Stoke-O-Rama, bringing local Huntington Beach youth together for friendly surf and beach activities.

Starting Monday, July 30, the Vans US Open of Surfing presented by Swatch will be broadcast LIVE on the WSL’s Facebook page, WorldSurfLeague.com, and the WSL app. Also, check local listings for coverage from the WSL’s broadcast partners.

Surfline, forecast partner of the WSL, is calling for:

The first several days of the event window are looking relatively slow with a minor blend of Southern Hemisphere swells and local NWwindswell on offer. Heading through the end of next week into the final weekend of the event window we anticipate a slightly better mix of new SSW swell and NW windswell.

Vans US Open of Surfing Women’s CT Round 1 Matchups:
Heat 1: Carissa Moore (HAW), Nikki Van Dijk (AUS), Courtney Conlogue (USA)
Heat 2: Johanne Defay (FRA), Keely Andrew (AUS), Paige Hareb (NZL)
Heat 3: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), Sage Erickson (USA), TBD
Heat 4: Lakey Peterson (USA), Coco Ho (HAW), Pauline Ado (FRA)
Heat 5: Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA), Malia Manuel (HAW), Macy Callaghan (AUS)
Heat 6: Caroline Marks (USA), Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), Bronte Macaulay (AUS)

More available at WorldSurfLeague.com.

Recognized as the largest professional sports competition and action sports festival in the world, the Vans US Open of Surfing is currently sanctioned and operated by the World Surf League under license from IMG, the event owner. Official partners of this year’s event include Vans, Swatch, Jeep, Airbnb, Michelob ULTRA, Hydro Flask, LifeProof, Jose Cuervo, Barefoot Wine, Woolmark, BF Goodrich, Harley-Davidson, Peet’s Coffee, Red Bull, U.S. Army, Slowtide, CLIF Bar, U.S. Marine Corps, Let it Block Sunscreen, Tea of a Kind, Flowater, and Frontier Communications.

For more information, including continued updates and scheduling, please visit VansUSOpenofSurfing.com.

About Vans
Vans®, a VF Corporation (NYSE: VFC) brand, is the original action sports footwear, apparel and accessories brand. Vans authentic collections are sold globally in 84 countries through a network of subsidiaries, distributors and international offices. Vans also owns and operates more than 600 retail locations around the world. The Vans brand promotes the action sports lifestyle, youth culture and creative self-expression through the support of athletes, musicians and artists and through progressive events and platforms such as the Vans Park Series, Vans Triple Crown of Surfing®, the Vans U.S. Open of Surfing, Vans Pool Party, Vans Custom Culture, Vans Warped Tour®, and Vans’ cultural hub and international music venue, House of Vans.

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IMG is a global leader in sports, fashion, events and media, operating in more than 30 countries. The company manages some of the world’s greatest sports figures and fashion icons; stages hundreds of live events and branded entertainment experiences annually; and is a leading independent producer and distributor of sports and entertainment media. IMG also specializes in sports training and league development, as well as marketing, media and licensing for brands, sports organizations and collegiate institutions. IMG is part of the Endeavor (formerly WME | IMG) network.

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Welsh Rider Geraint Thomas Wins First Tour de France Title

(PARIS) — Geraint Thomas won his first Tour de France title on Sunday, concluding his transformation from a support rider into a champion of cycling’s biggest race.

The Welsh rider with Team Sky successfully defended his lead of 1 minute, 51 seconds over second-placed Tom Dumoulin in the mostly ceremonial final stage.

Thomas rode a yellow bicycle to match his yellow jersey and shared glasses of champagne with his teammates during the casual ride into Paris before buckling down to keep up with the other leaders on the cobblestones of the Champs-Elysees.

“It’s going to take a while to sink in,” Thomas said before draping the flag of Wales over his shoulders during the podium ceremony. “Normally that stage is really hard but today I just seemed to float around it. I had goose bumps going around there. The support from the Welsh, British flags. … To ride around wearing this (yellow jersey) is a dream.”

Four-time champion Chris Froome, Thomas’s teammate, finished third, 2:24 behind, and rode next to Thomas as they crossed the line, with Froome applauding.

Thomas was a support rider during Froome’s four victories but he emerged as Sky’s strongest rider in this race when Froome crashed early on and couldn’t keep up in the mountains.

Norwegian rider Alexander Kristoff with UAE Team Emirates won the last stage in a sprint finish, narrowly beating John Degenkolb and Arnaud Demare.

“I’ve dreamed about this victory for many years,” Kristoff said. “I’ve been close many times before but never managed to beat the faster guys like (Mark) Cavendish, (Andre) Greipel, or (Marcel) Kittel, but today they’re not here, they’re out after the mountains, and today I was the fastest, so I’m super happy.”

The mostly flat 116-kilometer (72-mile) leg began in Houilles just outside Paris and concluded with nine laps up and down the Champs-Elysees.

Many spectators along the Champs-Elysees held their arms high to record the riders on their smart phones as they went past on the cobblestones, and there were more cheers when 11 jets flew overhead leaving trails in the blue, white and red colors of the French flag.

Street vendors sold chicken, sausages, waffles, cake and sweets, while the smell of crepes filled the air.

Glenn Roberts, from Newtown in mid-Wales, was in attendance with his wife and children. The family timed its summer vacation to coincide with the Tour’s finish.

“Thomas was in the yellow when we left Wales but we didn’t know if he was going to keep it. We thought Froome was going to win it, if I’m being honest,” Roberts said. “It’s the best thing a Welshman has ever done in sport.”

French rider Sylvain Chavanel, riding his record 18th Tour, rode ahead of the pack as the first rider onto the Champs-Elysees.

World champion Peter Sagan matched Erik Zabel’s record by winning the green jersey points competition for a sixth time. French riders Julian Alaphilippe and Pierre Latour secured the polka-dot mountains jersey and best young rider white jersey, respectively.

The three-week race covered 3,351 kilometers (2,082 miles).

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Associated Press writers Ciaran Fahey and Samuel Petrequin contributed.

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Cardi B Drops Out of Bruno Mars Tour to Spend Time with Baby Kulture

Cardi B won’t be going on tour with Bruno Mars this fall.

She was supposed to be the special guest on the last leg of the 24K Magic Tour, but has decided to spend time with her daughter instead.

Cardi welcomed daughter Kulture just two and a half weeks ago and her doctors say that the little one is unable to travel at this time.

“As of today I’ve decided I won’t be joining Bruno on tour this Fall. I thought that after giving birth to my daughter that six weeks would be enough time for me to recover mentally and physically. I also thought that I’d be able to bring her with me on tour, but I think I underestimated this whole mommy thing,” Cardi wrote in a statement. “Not only am I just not ready physically, I’m not ready to leave my baby behind since the doctors explained it’s not healthy for her to be on the road.”

“I hope you guys understand that this decision has been the hardest to make but I have to do what’s best for myself and my baby! Thank you Bruno for being so supportive and understanding,” she added.

Bruno also wrote a statement in support of Cardi’a decision:

“A message for Cardi… Most important thing is you and your family’s health. I know the fans will understand. You are absolutely doing the right thing. I also know we’ll share the stage when the time is right. We love you Cardi and we will play ‘Bodak Yellow’ every night in your honor. Please give your baby girl a hug from me and a hug on behalf of everyone on The 24k Magic Tour.”

Well, family comes first — right?

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Lauryn Hill cancels, postpones multiple dates on ‘Miseducation’ tour

Lauryn Hill won’t be late for more than half a dozen of the shows on her “Miseducation” 20th anniversary tour — because she’s canceled them entirely.

The 43-year-old musician, who has angered fans with her near constant tardiness on tour, won’t hit stops in North Carolina, Florida, New Jersey and…

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The Tour de France Had to Be Stopped After Riders Were Hit With Tear Gas

BAGNERES DE-LUCHON, France — Four-time champion Chris Froome was among riders who had their eyes treated for tear gas or pepper spray aimed at the peloton when a farmer’s protest interrupted the 16th stage of the Tour de France on Tuesday.

Police had to remove bales of hay blocking the road 30 kilometers into the 218-kilometer leg from Carcassonne to Bagneres De-Luchon. An Associated Press photographer at the scene witnessed Froome and other riders getting treated with eye drops while the peloton stopped for several minutes.

It was not immediately clear whether protesters or police used the chemicals.

This Tour has been marred by incidents as race organizers struggle to deal with angry fans protesting against Froome’s participation. After fans threw flares at riders in the climb to the ski resort of Alpe d’Huez, Tour organizers banned the use of smoke flares for the rest of the race.

Froome raced all season under the cloud of a potential ban for using twice the permitted level of salbutamol during his victory at the Spanish Vuelta in September. He was cleared only just before the Tour.

The stage taking the peloton from Carcassonne to the spa town of Bagneres-de-Luchon resumed after a 15-minute interruption.

Froome sits second in the general classification, 1 minute, 39 seconds behind Sky teammate Geraint Thomas.

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An excited, energetic Taylor Swift brings tour to MetLife

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Taylor Swift brought her explosive Reputation Tour to the MetLife Stadium on Friday and will make history as the first female artist to play three consecutive shows at the venue when she performs Saturday and Sunday.

Swift was energetic and excited during her two-hour-plus…

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Roy Orbison hologram tour moves stateside

Roy Orbison’s hologram will no longer be a mystery to me.

The “In Dreams” tour, featuring a holographic version of the iconic rock-and-roll musician, will kick off a 28-stop tour through the United States in October, complete with a full live orchestra and “newly recorded, never-before-heard, digitally…

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Your Ultimate Guide to the 2018 Tour de France

Cyclists from all over the globe are racing in one of the most challenging competitions in sports — the Tour de France.

The 105th Tour de France kicks off Saturday, July 7 in Noirmoutier en l’Île, a scenic, coastal town in western France. The 22 teams, which each have nine racers, will cycle the 21-stage race that spans a total of 2,082.2 miles and tours almost all of France. The last stage of the 2018 Tour de France ends in Paris on Sunday, July 29.

According to the organizers, 3.5 billion people in 190 countries tune in to watch the Tour de France each year and it is one of the best-attended annual sporting event on the planet, with 12 million roadside spectators cheering on cyclists.

Here’s everything you need to know about the 2018 Tour de France, including important dates, how to watch the races and who this year’s favorites are.

When does the 2018 Tour de France start?

This year, the Grand Départ starts around 10 a.m. local time in Noirmoutier en l’Île on July 7.

The 22 starting teams will cycle through most of France and make a pitstop in Spain before finishing in Paris on Sunday, July 29.

There will be two rest days, one individual time trial, a team time trial and three mountain finishes.

Who are the 2018 Tour de France favorites?

Four-time Tour de France champ, Christopher Froome, is the favorite to take home the title this year after winning the 2017 race. The British rider, who is part of Team Sky, will face heavy competition from Movistar team member Nairo Quintana and Richie Porter from BMC Racing.

Froome nearly didn’t compete this year after organizers announced he would be banned for suspected doping — a problem that has plagued the sports world, most notably affecting cycling with Lance Armstrong’s downfall. But Froome was cleared of any wrongdoing and will be going for his fifth Tour de France win.

There will be 176 riders total from countries all over the world including five Americans cycling in the 2018 Tour de France.

How can I watch the 2018 Tour de France?

The 2018 Tour de France will be broadcast live on NBC or NBCSN and and NBC Sports Gold with commentary by Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwin.

You can also watch the competition through the Tour Tracker App, a free app that lets users livestream stages of the race and get push notifications on their phones for their favorite cyclists.

What is the 2018 Tour de France schedule?

The 2,082-mile race will be divided into 21 stages, with cyclist riding through Fougères, Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteuax and Houilles in France.

During the three-week race, cyclists will ride on a variety of challenging routes including hills, high mountains and dust-covered roads before finishing in Paris at the end of the month.

Each of the 21 stages has a distinctive set of challenges for cyclists. Kicking off on Île de Noirmoutier, a small island off the Atlantic coast of France, cyclists will cross a bridge to the mainland while navigating the twisting Vendée coastline.

Stage 9 is expected to be a fan favorite because of its complexities. On July 15, cyclists will ride through 15 cobbled paths from Arras to Roubaix, alongside the Belgian border. The bumpy ride can be dangerous for competitors, and is where a fall is most likely to happen — dashing hopes of victory.

Sports – TIME

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Beyonce And Jay Z Take Gorgeous Pics Alongside Blue Ivy, During Mini Break From Their Tour

Beyonce and Jay Z have been very busy while on their joint On the Run II world tour, but they found some free time during which they could just relax with the family. Beyonce took to her social media of choice, Instagram, to share a few fantastic photos featuring her at the seaside alongside her rapper hubby and six year old daughter Blue Ivy.

One snap was of the married power couple posing on some stone steps and even though the photos were supposed to be casual and personal ones from their mini vacation, they still looked like superstars.

Queen Bey stunned in a colorful dress while Jay Z wore a polo shirt and a pair of black pants.

As to create ambiance and to give a little but more personality to the photo, Beyonce took her white heels off and placed them near a Corona bottle.

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But that was not their only snap. In the slideshow, there was also one that featured the family on the dock of a boatyard.

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The infant twins, Rumi and Sir, were nowhere to be seen during the family photo shoot but Blue Ivy definitely was!

The photos were not accompanied by any captions but we have heard that Beyonce and Jay Z were invited to the wedding of Elon Musk’s brother, Kimbal Musk, in Spain so that might be where they were when they took the pics.

The star studded ceremony was a way for the couple to distress as they are currently on their European leg of their tour and these sort of things can be really tiring and stressful.

Not to mention that their latest date did not even go smoothly. Beyonce remained stranded on a flying stage when it malfunctioned, and staff had to bring a ladder just to get her down.

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Trump praises Foxconn factory during tour

President Trump flew to Wisconsin Thursday to take part in the ceremonial groundbreaking for a new $ 10 billion Foxconn plant that he said would be “the eighth wonder of the world.” Trump said the decision by the Taiwan-based maker of LCD screens and assembler of Apple iPhones to build the facility showed that “America is…
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Electronic music producer Bonobo is migrating to Brooklyn this weekend.

The DJ and musician Simon Green is set to wrap up the tour behind his latest record “Migration” on Sunday — with a special performance at The Brooklyn Mirage that features 3-D projection mapping.

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Reef Beneath on Tour – Patagonia Film

Sometimes it’s the things we don’t see that matter most. Connected by a shared passion for the ocean and a desire to protect it, Belinda Baggs, Kimi Werner and Wayne Lynch embarked on a sailing journey along Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.

The largest living structure on earth, the reef provides habitats for thousands of species. The reef, however, is under threat. Currently almost half of its coral has been lost or damaged, most of this in some way attributable to human impact, the biggest single factor being climate change. The three sailors explored the reef and experienced personally how something as vast and wonderful as the Great Barrier Reef can at the same time be entirely vulnerable, realizing as they sailed and swam that time is fast running out to save it.

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Patagonia’s Worn Wear Wetsuit Repair Tour

Patagonia’s Worn Wear Wagon is about to hit the road again, this time with the equipment and expertise to handle wetsuit repairs.

All wetsuit brands are welcome, as long as the suits are DRY. The team will be offering clothing repairs as well. First come, first served, limit of one item per person. And as always, all repairs are free!

Patagonia’s Worn Wear program was created in 2013 to encourage people to change their relationship with stuff. The program provides significant resources for responsible care, repair, reuse, resale and recycling at the end of a garment’s life. Known for building highly durable products, Patagonia strongly believes in the intangible value of things that accumulate meaning over time. The memories contained in patches, stitches and scars can’t be replaced with something new – and Worn Wear aims to help customers celebrate those stories.

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June 16 & 17

Long Beach Surf Shop

Tofino, BC

12pm – 5pm

June 23 & 24

La Push Surf Beach

Washington

12pm – 5pm

June 30 & July 1

Cleanline Surf

Seaside, OR

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July 2 & 3

Moment Surf Company

Pacific City, OR

12pm – 5pm

July 10 & 11

Proof Lab Surf Shop

Mill Valley, CA

12pm – 5pm

July 13 & 14

Patagonia Outlet Santa Cruz

12pm – 5pm

July 18 & 19

Patagonia Cardiff

12pm – 5pm

 

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Rick Astley 2018 UK tour tickets on sale soon! Dates, venues and prices for the upcoming gigs

RICK Astley is making a comeback in 2018 with a UK tour and a brand new album.

Here’s everything you need to know about where he’s playing and how you can get tickets…

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What are the Rick Astley UK tour dates?

  • Oct 25: Glasgow – SEC Armadillo
  • Oct 26: Hull – Hull Venue
  • Oct 27: Manchester – Manchester Arena
  • Oct 29 – 30: Gateshead – Sage One
  • Oct 30: Gateshead – Sage One
  • Nov 1: Plymouth – Plymouth Pavilions
  • Nov 2: Cardiff – Motorpoint Arena
  • Nov 3: Brighton – Brighton Centre
  • Nov 5: Southend – Cliffs Pavilion
  • Nov 6: Cambridge – Corn Exchange
  • Nov 8-9: London – Eventim Apollo
  • Nov 10: Bournemouth – Bournemouth International Centre
  • Nov 12-13: Nottingham – Royal Concert Hall
  • Nov 15: Brimingham – Genting Arena
  • Nov 16: Leeds – First Direct Arena
  • Nov 17: Liverpool – Liverpool Echo Arena
Rick Astley will release his new album Beautiful Life on July 8
Rick Astley will release his new album Beautiful Life on July 8

When are tickets for Rick Astley’s UK tour on sale? How can I buy them?

Tickets for Rick Astley’s UK tour go on sale on Friday June 8 at 9.30am.

They are available on Seetickets and Live Nation.

Gabrielle, known for her hits such as Out Of Reach and Walk On By will be the support act.

Rick sold 100,000 tickets when he last went on tour in 2017.


When is Rick Astley’s 2018 album Beautiful Life released?

Rick’s latest album Beautiful Life will be released on July 20, 2018.

It is currently available to pre-order via his official website. 

This will be Rick’s eighth studio album – his last one was 50, released in 2016.

He has sold over 40 million records worldwide over the course of his 30 year career.


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Stevie Wonder Planning A ‘Peace And Love’ Tour

WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (AP) — Stevie Wonder discussed politics, talked pop culture and poked fun at his eyesight — sometimes all at once — between playing his hits at a tiny West Hollywood club in preparation for a series of shows.

“So Donald!” Wonder yelled at one point during a set at the Peppermint Club that ran into the early hours Thursday.

He made sure the crowd knew he didn’t mean Donald Trump.

“Donald Glover! I saw your last video!” Wonder said to big laughs. He had to acknowledge that Glover, who sat in the back of the room alongside actress Angela Basset and grooved to Wonder songs such as “My Cherie Amour” and “Living for the City,” has been all the buzz since the premiere of his satirically violent and political video “This is America.”

“I got some songs on the next project, I think it would be great for us to collaborate, and do some visuals,” he told Glover, an actor whose hip-hop moniker is Childish Gambino. “In a time when the world seems so asleep, it’s great to know when people are woke.”

Glover later joined him on stage for an encore featuring “Superstition,” with help from Jessie J, Kelly Rowland, Luke Kelly and Shelea.

The 68-year-old Wonder had summoned fellow musicians, friends, fans and a handful of reporters to the club for a special announcement, saying he plans to play a series of shows in the coming months to celebrate life, love and music and push back against troubled times.

“So much is going on in the world. And there is too much confusion,” Wonder said. “The one thing we know for sure that we can celebrate is our life, our love and our music… The positive will win in the end.”

He gave no specifics on the shows other than saying Las Vegas will be in the mix. He went on to say he hopes to have his long-in-the-works album “Through The Eyes of Wonder” done before the end of the year.

Yet his unique set felt like the real point of the evening, as Wonder led his five-piece band through “Higher Ground,” ”Signed, Sealed, Delivered” and “Overjoyed.”

After “Superstition,” Wonder led Glover and the others in a messy rendition of “Do You Love Me?” in honor of his 88-year-old mentor and Motown founder Berry Gordy, who wrote the 1962 hit for the Contours and sat in the booth nearest the stage for most of the night.

Wonder laughed as he struggled to remember the song as he went along, admitting in the middle, “I never played this live before!”

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The Rolling Stones have just announced the world-class acts who will be supporting them on the upcoming UK leg of their No Filter tour!

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22 May – LONDON – Liam Gallagher
 
25 May – LONDON – Florence + the Machine
 
29 May – SOUTHAMPTON –  The Vaccines
 
02 Jun – COVENTRY – The Specials
 
05 Jun – MANCHESTER – Richard Ashcroft
 
09 Jun – EDINBURGH – Richard Ashcroft
 
15 Jun – CARDIFF – Elbow
 
19 Jun – TWICKENHAM – James Bay

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Did Tamar Braxton Get Sister Traci Kicked Off Toni’s Tour?

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It looks like the Braxton sisters are caught in some drama…again.

Apparently, due to some family infighting, Toni Braxton has kicked her sister Traci Braxton off her upcoming  “Sex and Cigarettes” solo tour. According to TMZ, sources connected to the family believe Tamar Braxton, who is also going on tour with Toni, had something to so with it as she is upset with her sisters and mother for how they’ve been treating her estranged husband, Vincent Herbert, on their reality show.

Remember: Tamar thinks the show’s been edited to vilify her ex, the same man who has been accused of physically and emotionally abusing her.

In the meantime, poor Traci…rumor has it she was working on new music and wanted to perform it on the tour. However, Tamar’s people are saying she had nothing to do with why Traci got dropped.

Toni isn’t saying anything.

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Riding Along Toyota’s Black History Tour

Last February, Toyota conducted a Black History Tour. As a child of the 1960s, and witness to riots in Baltimore after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., I was super excited to attend to learn more about our history, and was joined by several journalist and blogger peers.

The mission was simple yet precise: Visit historical sites in the Northeast corridor and travel from site to site in the latest 2017 Toyota cars and compact SUVs.

(Image: Brian Armstead)

Stops included: Madame C.J. Walker’s estate in New York State; Harlem in New York City; historic churches and sites in Philadelphia; and finally—the drive back to my home area of suburban Washington, D.C., to visit the newest jewel among the incredible collection of Smithsonian Museums: the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC).

The trip was truly life-changing, especially learning about the history of our struggle in Philadelphia, and of course visiting the first-rate, superbly curated NMAAHC. During our multi-hour visit there, I was at an exhibit showing Revolutionary War hero James Armistead.

(Image: Brian Armstead)

I froze.  My father’s name was James Armstead. Was this one of my ancestors who held a surname that evolved into mine? As I choked up with tears and pride for the way he fought to be free, I realized that my story was one of tens of thousands that others might have experienced visiting the museum that covers our history from pre-slavery to today.

In December, Toyota hosted yet another Black History Tour. The mission this time was to drive 2018 Toyotas from historical sites in Atlanta to the even deeper South, with additional stops in Montgomery and Selma, Alabama; Meridian, Mississippi; and finally Jackson, Mississippi, to witness the inauguration of another stirring display of our history, the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum.

In Atlanta, we experienced a bus tour of the Martin Luther King National Site, where an eternal flame burns in his memory; saw the Ebenezer Baptist Church where Dr. King often preached, viewed his statue on the ground of the Georgia State capitol building, and learned much from our tour guide, Tom Houck, who from 1965–1971 worked with the NAACP, SCLC, and other civil rights groups across the nation.

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Houck was also a personal assistant and driver for Dr. King from 1966 until his assassination in Memphis, Tennessee. As a white American, Houck had many stories to tell about being branded a “nigger lover,” often at great personal peril.

After the Atlanta portion of the trip, we hit the road to Alabama (in an all-new 2018 Camry XLE with red leather)!

After several hours on the road, my drive partner, Tami Reed of TalkingwithTami.com, and I approached Montgomery, Alabama. This was during the time when a nominee for U.S. Senator of Alabama was being accused of sexual misconduct. To say it was a tense time in the state is an understatement, as war lines were political and racial.

My mind raced as we entered Montgomery, as Alabama has a terrible legacy of denying civil rights to African Americans. I remember Governor George Wallace blocking the doors of schools to thwart integration.

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I remember brutal “Commissioner of Public Safety” Bull Connor, ordering police to attack peaceful protestors with high-pressure fire hoses and police dogs, while protecting Klansmen and any others who sought to espouse white supremacy.

The bombing of the “Freedom Riders” bus and the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing that took the lives of four little girls came to mind. Dr. King once called Birmingham a “symbol of hardcore resistance to integration.” All of this swirled and stirred up clouds of emotion within me.

And then I smiled when we pulled up to the Dexter Parsonage Museum, which chronicles the history of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church. Visitors can tour the home next door where Dr. King and his wife Coretta raised their family while he was an Associate Pastor at the church.

The Parsonage, built in 1912, has been restored to its appearance when Dr. King and his family lived there. Much of the furniture was actually used by Dr. King, and it’s now a part of the National Register of Historic Places. While on the front porch of the Parsonage, we were alerted to look at the differences in the two front windows on the porch. The reason one looked newer is due to the ugly fact that his home was firebombed by Ku Klux Klan supremacists and was a constant target for hate.

(Image: Brian Armstead)

From The Dexter Personage Museum tour, we drove on to the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church.

Dr. King served the church from 1954 until 1959, part of a long, distinguished line of pastors at this historic place of worship, located just one block from the once hate-filled State House. The church is now a World Heritage Site.

When we arrived, it was early evening, and the choir was practicing for Sunday services. Guess who got to sing with the choir? All of us on the tour! After meeting current pastor Rev. Cromwell A. Handy, Tour Director Wanda Battle gave us a tour of the church museum. Adorning a complete wall in the museum was an incredible mural of our history, from slavery to martyrdom.

Incidentally, our accommodations in Montgomery at the Renaissance Hotel were along a street that was once famous for its slave warehouses. Just by chance I noticed the signs while having breakfast at the hotel’s restaurant.

So now it was time once again to raise the emotional stakes, as we were about to drive from Montgomery to Selma, Alabama. It was the same route (from Selma to Montgomery) that freedom marchers took to show a watching nation that freedom in the Deep South was far from free.

Mother Nature threw a serious curveball during this leg of our journey, as a major storm blanketed the South in snow and ice. No worries, as our Camry’s advanced traction control systems and some common sense behind the wheel got us through.

We arrived in icy Selma in time to visit the National Voting Rights Museum, which took a close look at another side of the story. Many died for the right to vote, and the museum houses an actual period voting machine, which was beyond the reach and dreams of many in Alabama.

The National Voting Rights Museum is at the base of the infamous Edmund Pettus bridge, where Selma to Montgomery marchers were met with tear gas, water cannons, police dogs, and batons to keep them from continuing their equality march. This sad episode of American history played out on a national stage, as broadcast networks aired the carnage of what was to be named “Bloody Sunday” on televisions across the country.

Next, we headed to Jackson for the opening of two adjacent museums, one dedicated to the Civil Rights struggle in Mississippi. There was some controversy with this event. President Trump had accepted an invitation to attend, leading to a boycott of the opening by many of those who led the way during the struggle, including Congressman Lewis.

On that very cold morning of Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, we assembled to watch history. Many luminaries spoke at the grand-opening ceremony, none more powerful and poignant than Myrlie Evers, the widow of civil rights martyr Medgar Evers, who was gunned down in his Mississippi driveway more the 50 years ago. Trump took a private tour and left the museum, giving meaningful remarks to those assembled before his departure.

There were several displays that really made me emotional. The first was a list of names of those lynched in Mississippi from the early 1900s to about 1970. There were so many panels of names, and these were very tall panels, I wondered whether some names had been repeated. They were not repeated.

I viewed a display which included the photos of two young white people who sat with “coloreds” during a lunch counter sit-in, a common form of peaceful protest during those turbulent times. They were subsequently harassed, with condiments poured on their heads, and arrested. “I look so young in that picture,” said the diminutive woman standing beside me. “Is that you?” I asked her. She responded, “yes,” as she began to tell me her story of courage. Joan Trumpauer was one of scores of white activists who played significant roles in the struggle.

By the way, at each stop during our tour, a check was presented by Toyota.

The company is deeply committed to making an economic presence through plants and executive offices here in the U.S., and a social presence through the scores of programs, events, and facilities they’ve sponsored. And Toyota has demonstrated this commitment through these two amazing tours.

 

 

 

 

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We have two brand new dates and venues to add to the UK No Filter Tour! The Rolling Stones will also be playing St. Mary’s Stadium, Southampton on 29th May and Ricoh Stadium, Coventry on 2nd June.

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OHMYGOSSIP — The Rolling Stones have announced two more UK dates for their ‘No Filter Tour’.
The rock group – which includes Sir Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood – are set to wow crowds at St. Mary’s Stadium, Southampton on May 29 and Ricoh Stadium, Coventry on June 2, adding to their previously dates announced for May and June in London, Manchester, Edinburgh and Cardiff.
The tour has received an overwhelming response so far, with the group having already added a third London date.
The ‘Satisfaction’ hitmakers famously played the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury Festival in 2013 and also sold out two unforgettable nights at London’s Hyde Park, 44 years after they played the landmark location for free.
Guitarist Keith said: “It’s such a joy to play with this band there’s no stopping us, we’re only just getting started really.”
Whilst frontman Mick added: ”This part of the ‘No Filter’ tour is really special for the Stones. We are looking forward to getting back onstage in the summer and playing to fans in the UK and Ireland. It’s always exhilarating going to cities we haven’t played for quite a while and also some new venues for us like Old Trafford and The London Stadium.”
Drummer Charlie said previously: “The Stones audience is the glue that keeps us together. The best and most satisfying moment is when you are reaching the end of the show and they are all going nuts.”
With bassist and rhythm guitarist Ronnie adding at the time: “When I look out at the sea of people when we play all I can see is smiles. It’s heart-warming and I’m glad we make people happy. Music makes me happy, and it makes them happy … its infectious.”
Tickets for the two new dates of the tour – Southampton and Coventry – go on general sale on Thursday (15.03.18).
The Rolling Stones ‘No Filter’ UK tour dates are as follows:
May 22, London, London Stadium
May 25, London, London Stadium
May 26, Southampton, St. Mary’s Stadium
June 2, Coventry, Ricoh Stadium
June 5, Manchester, Old Trafford Football Stadium
June 9, Edinburgh, BT Murrayfield Stadium
June 15, Cardiff, Principality Stadium
June 19, London, Twickenham Stadium

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The 5th Avenue Theatrehas announced an incredible six-show lineup for its201819 season, which includes launching the national tour of the acclaimed sensationCome From Away, the timeless beloved musicalAnnie,rock ‘n’ roll hit paradeRock of Ages, the sumptuous West Coast premiere of Little Dancer, a lavish and loving staging of the iconicWest Side Storyand an exciting new collaboration with ACT A Contemporary TheatreUrinetown. Additionally, The 5th will host a one week run of the national tour ofThe Lightning Thief The Percy Jackson Musical.
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The World Tour is Back on March 11th in Australia

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LOS ANGELES, Calif./USA (Friday, March 9, 2018) –  The World Surf League (WSL) is excited to announce new innovations, partnerships, and distribution channels ahead of the 2018 Championship Tour (CT) season. Dedicated to showcasing the world’s best surfers on the world’s best waves, the WSL demonstrates this commitment through the progressive investments in this year’s Championship Tour and beyond.

“Our team worked hard in the off-season with the common goal of continuing to build surfing’s visibility,” said Sophie Goldschmidt, WSL CEO. “We are proud to welcome great partners to the WSL family and new viewers around the globe, and we are excited to capitalize on new innovations to bring the best fan experience possible to professional surfing.”

The League is excited to welcome new official partners to the WSL family in 2018, including Lifeproof in North America and Australia, Boost Mobile in Australia, and Michelob ULTRA as the Presenting Partner of the first-ever Founders’ Cup of Surfing, with additional partnership announcements planned in the coming weeks.

Earlier this year, the WSL announced a groundbreaking partnership with Facebook as the exclusive digital home for the top live events in surfing in 2018 and 2019, including all elite men’s and women’s Championship Tour events, the Qualifying Series 10,000 and Big Wave Tour events, as well as the World Junior Championships.

As part of the Partnership, fans can expect enhanced Facebook LIVE broadcast graphics, interactivity with the WSL commentators via Facebook LIVE commentating, and WSL original programming on Facebook Watch. For the first time ever, fans will experience the broadcast in Spanish, along with English and Portuguese.

In addition to its Facebook partnership, WSL has renewed linear television agreements in its core markets of USA, Brazil, Australia, France, Portugal, and Japan. The League will have television distribution for the 2018 season in over 100 countries through new and existing broadcast partners.

WSL PUTS FAN EXPERIENCE FIRST 

This year’s live WSL CT broadcast will introduce an array of new enhancements and innovations heading into the 2018 season. With the mission of bringing fans as close to the action as possible, the enhancements will look to provide unique and exclusive views into professional surfing.

The 2018 season will highlight the athletes, legends, and unique characters first-hand through their feedback on the commentary panel. Viewers can expect to see surfers ‘on set’ with the commentary team or with a VIP headset at every event to give their perspectives on the competition. Fans will also hear from the judges with daily check-ins to provide more visibility and transparency.

WSL will also feature ‘Course Maps’ through the partnership with Virtual Eye. The Course Maps feature will bring each of our tours stops to life via animated graphics to not only show the location of each stop on Tour, but also the dynamics that help it produce some of the best waves in the world. In addition to this update, fans will be able to experience GPS-driven graphics and data, measuring speed, air-height, and time in the barrel during the live event. The commentators will also continue to use the telestrator tool to provide deeper insights into the competitive action.

With the goal to make surfing more accessible to the public, the WSL is about to deliver a season-long campaign to educate and demystify some of the more technical and complex elements of the sport, through all WSL channels, with ten initiatives. The athletes will lift the lid on what makes this extraordinary sport so special.

NEW ON TOUR

The 2018 CT calendar will include new locations such as the Surf Ranch in Lemoore, Calif., and Keramas in Bali, Indonesia. The world’s best women surfers will also join the men at Jeffreys Bay in South Africa.

For the first time ever, Championship Tour surfing will be seen on a world-class, man-made wave. With the technology designed by Kelly Slater, stadium surfing will be enjoyed live and up-close by thousands of fans at Surf Ranch in Lemoore California. In another innovation, a team-versus-team specialty event, Founders’ Cup of Surfing, will take place in May, and is perfect for global broadcast with further details to follow.

Additional changes to the WSL Championship Tour include the elimination of Round 5 from men’s events and Round 4 from women’s events. The respective three-person rounds, which have been non-elimination up until this season, will now advance 1st and 2nd-place finishing surfers directly to the Quarterfinals with 3rd finishing 9th in the event.

The overlapping format, which allows for two heats to run simultaneously when conditions permit, has been extended to venues in Gold Coast and France to join Bells Beach, Jeffreys Bay and Pipeline where this format was already permitted.

With the focus on improving the fan and competitive experience, these changes help us to condense the length of the events and ensure that the athletes compete in the best conditions possible.

LOOKING AHEAD TO THE TOKYO 2020 OLYMPICS

With a new, region-based competitive format on display at the first-ever Founders’ Cup of Surfing in May, WSL is poised to unite its fans in support of regional surf teams for the first time – with an eye toward building fervor for surfing’s first-ever inclusion in the Olympics in 2020.

Led by reigning two-time WSL Champions John John Florence (HAW) and Tyler Wright (AUS), the first event of the 2018 WSL Championship Tour will be the Quiksilver and Roxy Pro Gold Coast in Australia from March 11 – 22, 2018. Fans can experience all the enhanced broadcast features via WorldSurfLeague.com, Facebook LIVE, or on the WSL app.

For more information, check out WorldSurfLeague.com.

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