- What: World Surf League 2023 Women’s MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal
- When: March 8-16, 2023
- Where: Supertubos at Peniche, Leiria, Portugal
- How to Watch: YouTube
The 2023 World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour kicked off in late January with the Billabong Pro Pipeline event at the Banzai Pipeline in Oahu, Hawaii. Carissa Moore bounced back from her runner-up finish at the 2022 Rip Curl WSL Finals to defeat Tyler Wright in the event finals. The winner of the 2022 WSL Championship, Stephanie Gilmore, was out in the elimination round of the event by Caitlin Simmers.
In the second event of the 2023 WSL Championship Tour, the Hurley Pro Sunset Beach, Australia’s Molly Picklum picked up first place. Picklum defeated Caroline Marks in the finals. Picklum was a +1400 to win the event. The odds against Marks were even steeper at +2000.
With the third event of the 2023 WSL Championship Tour upon us, it’s time to look at odds, picks, predictions and betting breakdown of the World Surf League 2023 Women’s MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal. However, before that, check out our sportsbooks guide to get started on making the best WSL bets, and while you’re at it, take a look at the best sports betting apps and mobile options.
2023 Women’s MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal picks
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Carissa Moore fell short of defending her 2021 World Championship in 2022, losing to Stephanie Gilmore at the Rip Curl WSL Finals. However, the Olympic gold medal winner went into that event as a heavy favorite and led all women in points on the WSL tour for 2022. Outside of two ninth-place finishes and two fifths, Moore finished inside the top three in the other six events on tour last year. Moore had one first-place finish in 2022, winning the Oi Rio Pro in June.
Moore started 2023 strong, winning the Billabong Pro Pipeline event. She followed that with a fifth-place finish at the Hurley event in February. Moore is tied for first place in the 2023 points race with Molly Picklum.
In 2022, Moore had a strong third-place finish in the Portugal event.
Molly Picklum did not make the mid-season cut during the 2022 WSL Championship season. However, the 20-year-old Australian has started the 2023 campaign with a bang. Picklum placed fifth in the year’s first event and then followed that with a victory at the Hurley event.
Picklum placed ninth in the 2022 edition of the MEO Pro Portugal. So she has some experience here.
Picklum enters the event tied for first in points with Carissa Moore at the top of the rankings.
Stephanie Gilmore opened the 2023 WSL Championship Tour season as the No. 1 ranked woman surfer, thanks to her status as the defending WSL World Champion. The 34-year-old Australian has not won back-to-back world titles since she won four straight between 2007 and 2010. Gilmore’s chances of going back-to-back took a bit of a blow at the opening event of the 2023 season, the Billabong Pro Pipeline event. when she was sent home following the elimination round.
Gilmore bounced back with a fifth-place finish at the Hurley event. However, her point total of 5,790 puts her nearly 2,000 points on the wrong side of the 2023 mid-season cut line.
Gilmore picked up a third-place finish at the 2022 edition of this event.
Best bet to win the 2023 Women’s MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal
Carissa Moore had an excellent opening round to this event, winning her heat with a score that no one has bested during the event – 11.50. Expect that score and her finishes in the two previous 2023 WSL Championship Tour events to give her a lot of confidence.
Pick: Carissa Moore to win the 2023 Women’s MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal.
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