- What: Corona Open J-Bay
- When: July 12-July 21, 2022
- Where: Jeffreys Bay, Eastern Cape, South Africa
The 2022 Men’s World Surf League Season is winding to a close. The Corona Open J-Bay competition kicks off on July 12, 2022 from Jeffreys Bay in Eastern Cape, South Africa and runs through July 21. After this competition, there are two dates left in the 2022 WSL Championship Tour season — the Outerknown Tahiti Pro in August and the Rip Curl WSL Finals in September. With that, surfers looking to score points and make moves in the standings need to do that now.
The most recent event on the 2022 WSL Championship Tour was the Oi Rio Pro. Filipe Toledo won that competition. He was followed by Samuel Pupo, Italo Ferreira and Yago Dora. With the win, Toledo has a more than 10,000 point lead in the Championship Tour standings over the second place Jack Robinson and over 15,000 points more than the No. 3 ranked Ferreira. Toledo is sitting in an enviable position heading into the final three events of the tour, but he does not have the 2022 Championship title locked up.
Gabriel Medina, who was making a charge up the rankings after missing the first five weeks of the season in order to take care of his mental health, will not compete at the Corona Open J-Bay due to a knee injury. He is unsure if his recovery will allow him to return this season.
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WSL Championship Tour: Corona Open J-Bay men’s picks
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Filipe Toledo is currently the No. 1 ranked surfer on the WSL Championship Tour with 50,040 points. The 27-year-old Brazilian is red hot heading into the final weeks of the 2022 season. Toledo finished second in the Quiksilver Pro G-Land and in the same spot at Surf City El Salvador Pro before his win the Oi Rio Pro. He also had a first-place finish at the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach competition and a second place at MEO Pro Portugal.
Toledo has never won a World Championship, but that looks like it might change this year.
Jack Robinson had a shaky start to the 2022 WSL Championship Tour. He scored just 7,405 points in the opening three contests of the year. However, the 24-year-old Australian found his groove at Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach, where he finished in third position. After that, Robinson won back-to-back events at Margaret River Pro and Quiksilver Pro G-Land before slipping to 5th at Surf City El Salvador. Robinson came down to Earth at the Oi Rio Pro, with a ninth-place finish.
Robinson, who has 40,225 points, has a chance to catch Toledo in the standings, but he can’t afford any slipups in the next three events.
This year is Robinson’s second on the WSL Championship Tour and it looks like he has a very bright future in front of him.
The 2019 WSL World Champion, Italo Ferreira has not finished higher than third place during this year’s WSL Championship Tour. However, he has finished in that position three times, including in the two most recent stops on the tour. The 28-year-old Brazilian is in third place in the 2022 standings with 34,385 points. The 2015 WSL Rookie of the Year, Ferreira is always a threat to win on the Championship Tour.
With the lead he has in the standings and his first WSL Championship Tour title within reach, I expect Filipe Toledo to be the surfer to beat at Corona Open J-Bay.
Pick: Filipe Toledo to win Corona Open J-Bay.
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