Surfer News

World Surf League: the jersey numbers never lie

Kelly Slater: 11 world titles on his back | Photo: WSL/Kelly Cestari

The World Surf League (WSL) surfers will feature their favorite numbers on their backs. Original idea? Not even close.

Kelly Slater picked number 11 (for the world titles he has won); Gabriel Medina chose 10 (probably the most iconic number in football history), and John John Florence opted for number 12 (ready to beat Slater). The criteria can be date of birth, favorite digit, lucky number, or any other numeric superstition.

The first time numbers were used in football (soccer) was in the 1920s, in England. Back then, numbers were assigned by field location: for example, goalkeeper, full back, center forward, etc.

My Surf Project

My Surf Project is’s very own look at the wide variety of Canadian surfers that make up the community and industry that we all live for. This week, we sit down with Janek Peladeau. From a new beer sponsor to boat pioneering, you’ll want to book your next vacation after this interview.