- Gabriel Medina has +300 odds as the betting favorite to win the WSL Championship.
- Italo Ferreira and John John Florence both have +400 odds as the next option.
LAS VEGAS – The World Surfing League is set to return and the reigning champion is favored to defend his title.
The Favorites: Medina, Ferreira, Florence
The Brazilians have seen a lot of success in the World Surf League (WSL) over the last couple of years. Gabriel Medina is the cream of the crop in Brazil as the reigning champion, online sportsbooks have him favored to win the WSL Championship once again in 2022.
2022 WSL Championship Odds
- Gabriel Medina +300
- Italo Ferreira +400
- John John Florence +400
- Filipe Toledo +800
- Jack Robinson +1000
- Kelly Slater +1800
Medina not only won the WSL title in 2021, but also did so in 2018 and in 2014. He’s rightfully at the top of the odds board, but there are others who have odds worth betting on as well. Specifically, his fellow Brazilian, Italo Ferreira, has odds to look at.
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Ferreira won the WSL in 2019 and was in a good spot to defend his title in 2020 before the season was canceled due to COVID-19. However, he did win the gold medal in the Tokyo Olympics showing he’s still at the top of his game. His biggest strength is consistency, not placing outside of the top 10 in any event during the 2021 season. This should help him be in contention throughout the season.
If anybody is going to beat the Brazilian, it’s John John Florence, at least according to the top sports betting sites. Florence won the WSL Championship in both 2016 and 2017 but has been dealing with injuries that have prevented him from competing at the highest level as of late. He’s one of the top talents but has been unpredictable in the last few years, he’s a high-risk, high-reward type of bet.
Nick got involved with the world of sports at a young age and never turned his back on it. He graduated from Penn State University with a degree in Broadcast/Journalism. In his free time, you can catch him at the bottom of the leaderboards on any video game he’s playing.