- What: WSL Outerknown Tahiti Pro
- When: August 11 – 21, 2022
- Where: Teahupoʻo, Tahiti, French Polynesia
The 2022 World Surf League Championship Tour season is heading toward its close. The penultimate tour event of the year, the WSL Outerknown Tahiti Pro takes place in Teahupoʻo, Tahiti, French Polynesia beginning on August 11. After that, the WSL season wraps up in September with the Rip Curl WSL Finals in San Clemente, California.
With the way the scoring works in the WSL, nothing is decided as of yet and the race for the points championship is close. Filipe Toledo was beginning to pull away from the pack heading into the most recent event, the Corona Open J-Bay, but a ninth-place finish in that event only earned him 3,200 points. That finish allowed Jack Robinson, who was the runner-up at the event to gain significant ground on the leader. The winner of the Corona Open J-Bay, Ethan Ewing also made a big move.
Heading into the WSL Outerknown Tahiti Pro, Toledo has 53,360 points, Robinson has 48,025 and Ewing is in third place in the standings with 40,790. First place at a WSL event earns the victor 10,000 points, second place is good for 7,800 and third gets 6,085 points.
Expect some aggressive surfing from the leaders as the 2022 WSL Championship Tour gets close to its final event.
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WSL: Men’s Outerknown Tahiti Pro picks
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The question facing Filipe Toledo heading into the Outerknown Tahiti Pro is did he just have a bad event at the Corona Open J-Bay? Toledo’s first half of the 2022 WSL Championship Tour season was good, but inconsistent. In the first five competitions he had three ninth-place finishes and one first and one second. Then he got red hot.
Toledo picked up back-to-back runner-up finishes and then won the Oi Rio Pro. He looked well on his way to winning his first WSL title, but he placed ninth at Corona Open J-Bay and that hurt him in the standings. Toledo is still in first place in points, but he needs a bounce back finish at the Outerknown Tahiti Pro.
Speaking of bounce back performances, that’s exactly what Jack Robinson had at Corona Open J-Bay. After back-to-back wins at the Margaret River Pro and Quiksilver Pro G-Land, Robinson had a fifth place and a ninth place finish. However, he finished second at the Corona Open J-Bay and picked up some much needed points. Robinson, who does not have a WSL title his name is within striking distance of Toledo’s points lead.
The 2019 World Champion, Italo Ferreira, is not out of the running for the 2022 WSL championship. However, he will need a lot of luck to get to the top of the points board. Ferreira has 39,130 points, which is good enough for fourth place in the standings.
Ferreira has not had a win this season, but he has finished in third three times and fifth, the same number of times. He is coming off a fifth-place finish at Corona J-Bay. Ferreira is a longshot to win the 2022 championship, but he could play spoiler with strong finishes in the final two events of the season.
Ethan Ewing had a handful of third place finishes during the 2022 WSL Championship season. He broke through with his first win of the season at Corona J-Bay. Ewing is now in third place in the standings. If he has strong finishes in the final two events of the season and Robinson and Toledo falter, Ewing could win the 2022 title.
I’m betting that Filipe Toledo just had a bad event at the Corona J-Bay and that he will bounce back at the Outerknown Tahiti Pro.
Pick: Filipe Toledo to win WSL Outerknown Tahiti Pro.
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