Seven Network, the Australian free-to-air commercial broadcaster, has extended its broadcast partnership with the World Surf League (WSL).

The renewal will see the network continue as WSL’s official free-to-air partner throughout the 2022 season.

The deal includes broadcast coverage of the Championship Tour, Challenger Series, and the Australian-based qualifying series events via Seven’s streaming service 7plus.

In addition, Channel 7 and 7mate, its on-demand service, will provide live coverage of the Rip Curl WSL Finals, along with 11 hour-long recap shows of the Champions Tour, and event highlight shows.

This brings the relationship between Seven and WSL to three years, with them having first partnered back in 2020.

Coverage of the 2022 season will begin with the WSL Champions Tour, which kicks off with the Billabong Pro Pipeline event in Hawaii on January 29.

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Lewis Martin, managing director of Seven Melbourne and head of network sport, said: "Surfing is as entrenched in Australian culture as any sport, so we're stoked to continue our partnership with the World Surf League.

“We can't wait to bring sport fans all the action from the world's best surfing events, as we follow our surfers to some of the most iconic beach destinations in the world, over the next year …"

The announcement is the latest in a series of recent broadcast partnership extensions for WSL, including with Globo, the Brazilian commercial broadcasting giant, until 2024, and Foxtel, the prominent Australian pay-TV broadcaster, for the 2022 season.