World Surf League Picks: Oi Rio Pro 2022

  • What: Oi Rio Pro
  • When: June 23 – June 30, 2022
  • Where: Saquarema, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

With the mid-season cut behind the competitors on the 2022 World Surfing League (WSL) 2022 World Championship Tour, the race for the 2022 championship has heated up. The first event after the field was pared down took place between May 28 and June 6 at G-Land aka Grajagan Bay in Banyuwangi, Indonesia.

In the men’s final at G-LandJack Robinson, who was a +750 underdog, took first place over the favorite to win the event, Filipe Toledo, who, along with John John Florence, was a +250 favorite. In the women’s competition, Johanne Defay, who entered the competition as a +2000 underdog, defeated the favored Carissa Moore, who was +150 to win.

The seventh event of the 2022 WSL Championship Tour wrapped up on June 20. In that event, the Surf City El Salvador Pro, Griffin Colapinto upset the favored Filipe Toledo to win the men’s side of the competition. As for the women, Stephanie Gilmore bested Lakey Peterson in the final.

The next event of the  2022 WSL Championship Tour is the Oi Rio Pro, which kicks off on June 23 and runs until June 30 at Saquarema in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The WSL Championship Tour is then off until July 12 when it heads to South Africa for the Corona Open J-Bay.

Before we look at the WSL Oi Rio Pro, 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. 

WSL: Oi Rio Pro Men’s picks

To Win 2022 WSL Oi Rio ProBetOnline
Gabriel Medina+300
Filipe Toledo+300
Jack Robinson+700
Italo Ferreira+750
John John Florence+800
Ethan Ewing+1200
Kanoa Igarashi+1400
Griffin Colapinto+1400
Miguel Pupo+3300
Kelly Slater+3300
Barron Mamiya+4000
Jordy Smith+4000
Kolohe Andino+4000
Callum Robson+5000
Caio Ibelli+5000
Nat Young+6600
Seth Moniz+6600
Samuel Pupo+6600
Jadson Andre+6600
Yago Dora+6600
Connor O'Leary+8000
Matthew McGillivray+10000
Jake Marshall+10000
Jackson Baker+10000

Gabriel Medina

Gabriel Medina had not competed since September. The three-time World Champion (2014, 2018, 2021) announced in January that he was taking a break from surfing to focus on his mental health. His first event back was at G-Land. He placed third in that competition. He followed that with another third place finish at Surf City El Salvador. With those back-to-back performances, Medina is likely to be among the favorites in every competition for the remainder of the 2022 season and it’s probably just a matter of time before he wins in 2022. In 2021Medina had three first-place finishes in the Championship Tour and three runner-ups.

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Filipe Toledo

Filipe Toledo might not have won at G-Land or El Salvador, but his back-to-back runner-up finishes in those events kept him in the No. 1 spot in the WSL rankings for the 2022  WSL Championship Tour. Toledo now has 40,040 points, which is more than 3,000 more points than second place Jack Robinson.

Toledo has never won a World Championship, but he might just make that happen this year. He has a first, two seconds and a ninth place finish in the past five WSL competitions.

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Jack Robinson

Jack Robinson was the hottest WSL surfer heading into El Salvador. He had placed first in back-to-back competitions, winning the Margaret River Pro and the Quiksilver Pro G-Land heading into last week’s event. He fell off the mark in that competition, but not by much, placing fifth. That finish kept him within striking distance of Toledo, who holds the points lead. Robinson has 36.905 points heading into Rio and it looks like his consistency issues might be behind him.

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WSL: Oi Rio Pro Women’s picks

To Win 2022 WSL Oi Rio ProBetOnline
Carissa Moore+250
Stephanie Gilmore+600
Tatiana Weston-Webb+600
Tyler Wright+700
Lakey Peterson+900
Caroline Marks+900
Courtney Conlogue+1000
Brisa Hennessy+1400
Johanne Defay+1400
Sally Fitzgibbons+1600
Isabella Nichols+2500
Gabriela Bryan+2500

Carissa Moore

Carissa Moore continues on her path to a sixth world title. She claimed her fifth championship last year, and she is currently the No. 1 ranked woman on the WSL tour with 36,840 points. She has not had a win during the 2022 season, but Moore has finished in the second spot three times — including at the Roxy Pro G-Land, where she was runner-up to Johanne Defay. Her winless run continued in El Salvador, where she finished fifth, but she still picked up enough points to hold her lead. In addition to her three second-place finishes this year, Moore has one-third and two ninth-place finishes.

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Stephanie Gilmore

Stephanie Gilmore was the No. 9 rated woman on the WSL tour heading into the Roxy Pro G-Land. She finished fifth in that competition. It was her third straight fifth-place finish during the 2022 tour. Gilmore broke that streak in El Salvador where she picked up her first win of the 2022 WSL Tour. With the 10,000 points she earned for her victory, the seven-time world champ has moved up to third place in the points’ standings and with 32.930 she is within striking distance of taking over the lead for the year.

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Caroline Marks

Caroline Marks was the dark horse to win Surf City El Salvador. The fourth-place finisher in the shortboard competition during the recent Summer Olympics had not competed since she finished in 17th place at the Billabong Pro Pipeline in the first stop of the 2022 World Championship tour. Marks returned to the competition in El Salvador and finished in third place. The 20-year-old showed that she is going to be a threat for the rest of the 2022 Championship Tour in that competition.

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Our picks

On the men’s side of the equation, the pick is Gabriel Medina.

As for the women, we’re going with Carissa Moore.

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Trent Reinsmith

Trent covers UFC and MMA for MTS. He currently covers MMA for MMA Junkie and Forbes. He has also written for Vice, Bloody Elbow, Fight! Magazine, UFC 360, and Narratively among others. He has been involved with MMA since he and some friends threw some money together to purchase the pay-per-view of UFC 1, and the rest is history.