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World Surfing League Betting Odds, WSL Tips and Analysis

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The World Surfing League (WSL) is finally here, as the world’s best surfers get ready for their run at the World Surfing Championship.

Many eyes will be on the WSL this season, mainly because surfing has been added to the Olympics for 2020.

Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, is where the WSL Championship Tour season will begin as both the men and women will compete this week.

WSL Men’s Championship Odds 2019

Surfer American OddsFractional Odds
Gabriel Medina +3003/1
John John Florence +4004/1
Filipe Toledo +5005/1
Julian Wilson +65013/2
Italo Ferreira +8008/1
Jordy Smith +110011/1
Owen Wright +160016/1
Griffin Colapinto +200020/1
Kelly Slater +250025/1
Michel Bourez +400040/1

Medina the Men’s Favorite

Gabriel Medina enters the 2019 WSL season as the odds-on favorite to win the Men’s Championship Tour. Medina won last year’s title, ending polarizing superstar John John Florence’s two year run at the top.

Actually, Medina finished last season with over 62,000 points. He is the only surfer since 2011 to hit over the 62,000 mark. Kelly Slater is the only other surfer to reach that milestone.

It was the second time in Medina’s career where he saw over 62,000 points, as it also occurred in 2014 when he won his first World Surfing Championship.

It’s easy to see why Medina enters 2019 as the favorite for men, but he doesn’t enter this week’s event as the favorite to win.

Toledo Looks for Two

Brazilian Filipe Toledo enters the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast with the best odds to win.

Not a bad pick, considering Toledo won this event in 2015 with the highest score ever (19.60).

This is without a doubt an Australian-favored event however, as an Aussie-native has won this event three straight years. However, in the last three years, no same male surfer has won the event though. Julian Wilson won last year’s event and enters with the second-best odds to win at +500 (5/1).

American legend Kelly Slater has won this event more times than any other male surfer (four).

WSL Women’s Championship 2019 Odds

Surfer American OddsFractional Odds
Stephanie Gilmore +3003/1
Carissa Moore +4509/2
Tyler Wright +4509/2
Lakey Peterson +5005/1
Courtney Conlogue +55011/2
Tatiana Weston-Webb +100010/1
Sally Fitzgibbons +120012/1
Caroline Marks +140014/1
Johanne Defay +200020/1
Nikki Van Dijk +250025/1

Aussie-Led Field

Despite Australia also dominating the women’s event (BoostMobile Pro Gold Coast), it was American Lakey Peterson who won the 2018 event. Before Peterson’s win at last year’s Gold Coast event, this was very much an Australian-dominated event.

Stephanie Gilmore and Tyler Wright combined for seven victories in Queensland, as Gilmore actually won the Women’s World Championship last season.

Gilmore’s title win marked her seventh since 2007, as she enters the 2019 season as the odds-on favorite to repeat as the world’s best.

Gilmore’s World Championship in 2018 also ended her fellow countrywoman Tyler Wright’s two-year reign at the top.

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We Want Moore

The name to keep an eye on for both this event and a world title is Carissa Moore.

Moore has won three World Championships since 2007 and currently has the second-best odds to win it all at +450 (9/2). Her odds to win in Queensland aren’t too bad either, coming in at +550 (11/2).

She currently holds the female record for highest score recorded at the Pro Gold Coast, earning an 18.43 in 2015.

About the Author

Thom Cunningham for Bookies.com
Thom Cunningham
Thom Cunningham, a former statistician for STATS, Insights and digital producer for Spectrum SportsNet, has 11 years of sports coverage experience.