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Pritamo Ahrendt has been appointed to the position of head judge for the World Surfing League. He will transition into this position starting immediately, taking over for Porta, who has served as Head Judge since 2010.

Ahrendt will take over for former head judge Rich Porta, who will transition into a new role for the League. Ahrendt first joined the Championship Tour judges’ panel in 1999, and has worked closely with Porta and the WSL. He served as an Associate Head Judge at the Championship Tour level for the Commissioners office. As WSL Head Judge, Ahrendt will look over scoring across the judges’ panel to make sure it is accurate and consistent. He will also work within the Commissioners’ Office team to further develop WSL Judging programs.

“It has been an honor to work for the WSL/ASP for the past 19 years, and I am humbled to move into the role of WSL Head Judge,” said Ahrendt. “It has been a privilege to watch the highest level of surfing and to critically analyze it. I am excited for this opportunity to oversee the panel and ensure the judging is fair and consistent, while also adapting as the world’s best surfers break down new performance barriers.

Bringing over 19 years of experience to the WSL, Pritamo began as a Touring Judge at age 21.

“We are excited to have Pritamo Ahrendt as WSL Head Judge,” said Kieren Perrow, WSL Commissioner. “I respect his professionalism and proficiency in all aspects of his work. It is no secret that judging is a very difficult job, so it is great to have Pritamo lead the judging panel.”