World Surf League Picks: Overall WSL Women’s Championship 2022

  • What: Women’s Rip Curl WSL Finals
  • When: September 8-16, 2022
  • Where: Lower Trestles, San Clemente, California

When the 2021 World Surf League Championship tour ended in September, Carissa Moore sat at the top of the standings with 37,770 points. Moore had a spectacular year on the WSL tour in 2021. She never finished lower than third place and ended the season with her second victory of the tour, taking first at the Rip Curl Finals and defeating Tatiana Weston-Webb to win her fifth world title.

The WSL wraps up the 2022 Championship Tour season between September 8-16 when the top surfers in the world compete at the Rip Curl WSL Finals in Lower Trestles in San Clemente, California.

Moore has built a more comfortable lead in the points standings this year. She leads the pack with 57,670 points, which puts her 7,450 points ahead of second-place Johanne Defay. Weston-Webb, who is in third place this year, is still in the mix with 48,695 points. Also in the running is Brisa Hennessy, who is in fourth place with 48,085 points. Stephanie Gilmore rounds out the top five with 46,370 points.

Before we look at the pick to win the overall 2022 women’s edition of the WSL Surf League Championship, 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. 

2022 WSL Women’s Championship picks

To Win 2022 WSL Women's ChampionshipBetUS
Carissa Moore-185
Johanne Defay+350
Tatiana Weston Webb+700
Stephanie Gilmore+1100
Brisa Hennessy+2800

Carissa Moore

Carissa Moore has not had the same year in 2022 that she had in 2021, but the 30-year-old is not far off. Outside of two ninth place finishes and two fifths, the defending world champion has finished inside the top three in the other six events on the tour this year. Moore has one first-place finish this year, winning the Oi Rio Pro in June.

The Gold Medal winner in surfing at the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics finished in first place last year at Lower Trestles and she is favored to do so again in 2022 to win the title.

If Moore wins the title this year it will be her first back-to-back championship run. Her other championships came in 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2019.

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Johanne Defay

Johanne Defay had the best finish of her WSL career last year when she came in fourth. The 28-year-old French surfer is very likely to improve on that number in 2022 and she has a chance to claim the championship with a strong performance at the Lower Trestles.

Defay opened the 2022 season with five straight fifth place finishes. She then won the Roxy Pro G-Land. Defay has been up and down since then, placing third, second, fifth and ninth heading into the final competition of the tour.

If Defay has a bounce back performance she can take the title.

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Tatiana Weston-Webb

Last year was Weston-Webb’s best year on the WSL tour. She didn’t win an event, but she managed to stay in the points mix and give Moore a run in the Finals.

If there is a surfer who is hot right now, it is Weston-Webb. She had a lot of ninth place finishes in the early season — and one win — but she has found her groove down the stretch. The 26-year-old Brazilian has two thirds and a win in her past three outings.

With her finish in second last year, Webb is a surfer to keep an eye on.

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Our pick

I think this will come down to Moore and Weston-Webb and that’s a tough pick. The two are 2-2 against each other this year in elimination heats.

With all things being equal, I’m giving the edge to Moore for her experience and past championship wins, but Weston-Webb is a good value pick.

Pick: Carissa Moore to win 2022 World Surf League Championship Title.

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