- What: WSL Surf City El Salvador Pro
- When: June 12 – 20, 2022
- Where: Punta Roca, La Libertad, El Salvador
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-Land, Jack 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 next event on the 2022 WSL Championship Tour is the Surf City El Salvador Pro, which kicks off on June 12 from Punta Roca, La Libertad, El Salvador, and wraps up on June 20.
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WSL: Surf City El Salvador Pro Men’s picks
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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. With that performance, Medina is likely to be among the favorites in every competition for the remainder of the 2022 season. In 2021, Medina had three first-place finishes in the Championship Tour and three runner-ups.
Filipe Toledo is currently the No. 1 ranked surfer on the WSL Championship Tour with 32,240 points. Toledo performed well at G-Land, finishing in the second spot. In his past four outings on the 2022 Championship Tour, he has two runner-up finishes, one win and one-ninth place.
Toledo has never won a World Championship. He and Jack Robinson, who won at G-Land, are the only two men with more than 32,000 points in the WSL standings.
If you want to go with the hot hand, then Jack Robinson is the pick. Robinson has placed first in back-to-back competitions, winning the Margaret River Pro and the Quiksilver Pro G-Land. However, he has had some issues with consistency in 2022. In addition to his wins, Robinson has two 17th place finishes, one fifth and one third.
WSL: Surf City El Salvador Pro Women’s picks
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Carissa Moore is on the 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 32,095 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. In addition to her three second-place finishes this year, Moore has one-third and two ninth-place finishes.
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. Like Moore, Gilmore, who is a seven-time world champ, has not placed first this year. However, thanks to her experience and competitiveness, she is always a threat to win.
Caroline Marks is the dark horse to keep an eye on at Surf City El Salvador. The fourth-place finisher in the shortboard competition during the recent Summer Olympics has not competed since she finished in 17th place at the Billabong Pro Pipeline in the first stop of the 2022 World Championship tour. Marks is scheduled to return to the competition in El Salvador.
On the men’s side of the equation, the pick is Felipe Toledo.
As for the women, we’re going with Carissa Moore to win.
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