When the 2021 World Surf League Championship tour ended in September, Gabriel Medina sat at the top of the standings with 43,400 points. Medina finished nearly 13,000 points ahead of runner-up Filipe Toledo, who had 30,735 points. Medina racked up his impressive point total by winning three of eight tour events and finishing as a runner-up in three other events. The win gave the then-27-year-old three WSL World Titles.
Medina is a long shot to win his fourth title in 2022, mostly because he sat out the first five events of 2022 to deal with his mental health. However, Medina scored 6,085 points in his first and second events back in competition, finishing third at the Quiksilver Pro G-Land and Surf City El Salvador Pro.
Entering July, the WSL Championship Tour schedule slows down to one event per month in July, August and September. With three events left, the competition is fairly tight considering a win earns the first-place finisher 10,000 points. Second place is worth 7,800 and third earns the athlete 6,085 points.
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WSL Men’s Championship Picks 2022
Last year’s WSL Championship Tour runner-up, the 27-year-old Filipe Toledo looks poised to earn his first World Title in 2022. Toledo is the current points leader with 50,040 points. After two ninth place finishes in the opening events of the season, Toledo got hot. Since the third week of the tour, the Brazilian has two wins and three runner-up finishes.
The 2013 WSL Rookie of the Year, Toledo looks dialed in heading into the final events of the 2022 WSL Championship Tour.
Italo Ferreira is the 2019 WSL World Champion. The 28-year-old Brazilian was also the shortboard Gold Medal winner at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. Ferreira is currently in third place on the 2022 WSL Championship Tour with 34.385 points. The 2015 WSL Rookie of the Year has only finished outside the top-10 on one occasion in 2022. That came at the Hurley Pro Sunset Beach event, where he finished in 17th position. Ferreira picked up some valuable points in the two most recent WSL events, finishing third at Surf City El Salvador Pro and Oi Rio Pro.
Jack Robinson was red hot for three weeks starting with a third place finish at Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach. He followed that with back-to-back wins at the Margaret River Pro and Quiksilver Pro G-Land. The Australian then fell off a bit with a fifth place finish at Surf City El Salvador Pro. However, he didn’t make it past the round of 16 at the Oi Rio Pro.
This is Robinson’s second-year on the WSL Championship Tour. Currently in second place with 40,225 points, the 24-year-old is in the mix to claim his first title, but he is going to need to be more consistent in the final four events.
Filipe Toledo has built up a good lead over his competitors, but that lead is not insurmountable. However, Toledo seems to be firing on all cylinders as the tour edges near completion for the 2022 campaign. If Toledo can keep finishing near the top, he should be able to claim his first world title in 2022.
Pick: Filipe Toledo to win 2022 WSL Championship Tour.
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