PUNTA ROCA, La Libertad, El Salvador (Thursday, June 8, 2023) - The waiting period for the Surf City El Salvador Pro Presented by Corona, Stop No. 7 on the World Surf League (WSL) 2023 Championship Tour (CT) opens tomorrow. This is the second edition of the CT event in El Salvador and will once again host the world’s best surfers at the famed right-hand pointbreak of Punta Roca, also known as La Punta or Punta Chilama. The Surf City El Salvador Pro holds an event window from Friday, June 9 to Sunday, June 18, 2023. 

Critical Points on Offer in El Salvador for WSL Final 5 and Provisional Olympic Qualification

An all-important Stop No. 7 will play a pivotal role as only four events remain for competitors to kick their surfing into high gear and clinch spots within the WSL Final 5. The Surf City El Salvador Pro will also build campaigns for athletes hoping to provisionally qualify for the Olympic Games Paris 2024. There are currently ten men’s and four women’s spots still up for grabs.

Carissa Moore Beatriz Ryder/WSL

Current World No. 1 Carissa Moore (HAW) is coming to El Salvador fresh off her win at the Surf Ranch Pro. She will now take on event wildcard Leilani McGonagle (CRC) in her respective Opening Round matchups. 

“First off I’m excited to be back here it's such a beautiful place," said Moore. "The field of women and the talent right now is incredible, everyone is super competitive. I have my work cut out for me if I want to get three event wins in a row. I'm focused on trying to figure out the wave, enjoying my time here as much as possible, and surfing at my best.”

Beatriz Ryder/WSL

Event Wildcards Leilani McGonagle and Bryan Perez Ready to Represent Central America

One of Costa Rica’s standouts, Leilani McGonagle (CRC), will have the opportunity to showcase her abilities against the world’s best as the women’s event wildcard for the Surf City El Salvador Pro. McGonagle is a multiple Qualifying Series (QS) event victor, and her career continues to show potential. Her powerful backhand will make her one to watch on the pristine right-hand break of Punta Roca. This event will be the first CT appearance of her career. 

Leilani McGonagle. Beatriz Ryder/WSL

“I’m grateful for this opportunity it's been a big dream of mine to be part of his field since I was ten,” said McGonagle. “I’ve looked up to Carissa and the other girls and I’ve been excited to one day surf against them. I'm super excited for that day to maybe come tomorrow.”