SLOCAL Open in Morro Bay

Written by Neil Farrell

Neil has been a journalist covering the Estero Bay Area for over 27 years. He’s won numerous journalism awards in several different categories over his career.

March 11, 2022

Great surf conditions highlighted the World Surf League Qualifier surfing contest held Feb. 24-27 at Morro Rock. The professional surfing contest returned to Morro Bay for the fourth straight year, bringing some 96 men and 36 women pro surfers to town for a whale of a ride, as winter surf conditions saw 6-8 foot and up to 10-foot waves challenging some of the best up and coming wave riders in the world in a contest sponsored by French Hospital Medical Center. 

The SLO CAL Open saw Kei Kobayashi win the men’s competition over Cam Richards and Sage Erickson take the women’s contest over Leilani McGonagle.

Prizes included $20,000 cash purse and valuable points in qualifying for the WSL Tour that takes surfers to the best surf spots in the world.

See WSL’s website at: to watch videos of the action.

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