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Molly Picklum Joins The 2022 WSL Championship Tour
One of the brightest lights of a new generation of Australian surfers has just graduated to the Championship Tour after Rookie Caitlin Simmers decided to opt out of the 2022 CT.
Molly finished the 2021 Challenger Series at no.8 - one spot below the CS cutline - after 5th place finishes at the France Pro and the Sydney Surf Pro buoyed by her consistent performances in challenging conditions.
"I'm so excited and grateful for the opportunity to be on the CT in 2022, competing alongside the world's best really is a dream come true," said Picklum.
"Qualifying was the next step for me, my team and I have worked so hard for this. I feel ready to go and can't wait to get started in Hawaii in a few weeks time.
"I wish Caity all the best for her career, she is an incredible surfer and I have no doubt we will have many years on tour together," she said.
Picklum's surfing is known for being a complete package, with surfing far beyond her years including solid rail turns, progressive airs, and being a standout during recent big swells at Kirra on the Gold Coast, proving she's also a very capable barrel-rider.
Picklum also made the Quarterfinal at the recent Haleiwa Challenger on the North Shore, and will now be heading back to Hawaii to begin her Rookie year on the big stage at Pipeline.
Rip Curl now has 10 athletes on the 2022 Championship Tour, including the reigning 3x World Champion Gabriel Medina, 2x World Champion Tyler Wright, Morgan Cibilic, Conner Coffin, Brisa Hennessy, Owen Wright, Matt McGillivray, Samuel Pupo and Jackson Baker.
The waiting period for the Pipeline Pro gets underway on January 29. Visit WorldSurfLeague.com for the latest news and info as we countdown the start of the 2022 Championship Tour.