- What: World Surf League 2023 Women’s Hurley Pro Sunset Beach
- When: February 12 – 23, 2023
- Where: Sunset Beach, Oahu, Hawaii
- How to Watch: YouTube
The 2023 World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour kicked off in late January with the Billabong Pro Pipeline event at the Banzai Pipeline in Oahu, Hawaii. The event, which wrapped up on February 10, saw Carissa Moore bounce back from her runner-up finish at the 2022 Rip Curl WSL Finals to defeat Tyler Wright. The winner of the 2022 WSL Championship, Stephanie Gilmore, was eliminated in the elimination round of the event by Caitlin Simmers. This week, the WSL remains in Hawaii for the Hurley Pro Sunset Beach event.
With the 2023 WSL Championship Tour upon us, it’s time to look at the odds, picks and predictions for the second event of the 2023 World Surf League season, the Hurley Pro Sunset Beach, which takes place between February 12-23 at Sunset Beach in Oahu, Hawaii. Before that, 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.
2023 WSL Women’s Hurley Pro Sunset Beach picks
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Carissa Moore fell short of defending her 2021 World Championship in 2022, losing to Stephanie Gilmore at the Rip Curl WSL Finals. However, the Olympic gold medal winner went into that event as a heavy favorite and led all women in points on the WSL tour for 2022. Outside of two ninth-place finishes and two fifths, Moore finished inside the top three in the other six events on the tour last year. Moore had one first-place finish in 2022, winning the Oi Rio Pro in June.
Moore started 2023 strong, winning the Billabong Pro Pipeline event. Moore’s finish at the 2022 Hurley Pro Sunset Beach was on of her weakest of the year. She was eliminated in the Round of 16 by Molly Picklum.
The 28-year-old Tyler Wright is a two-time WSL World Champion, winning the title in 2016 and 2017. She did not make the points cut in 2022 to compete in the Rip Curl Finals, but she was close. Had she not missed two events due to injury, a case could be made that Wright would have been one of the five women to qualify for that event. In 2022, Wright finished in third place at the Billabong Pro Pipeline. This year she improved to runner-up.
Like Moore, Wright struggled at the 2022 Hurley Pro Sunset Beach event. Malia Manuel eliminated her in the Round of 16.
Stephanie Gilmore opened the 2023 WSL Championship Tour season as the No. 1 ranked woman surfer, thanks to her status as the defending WSL World Champion. The 34-year-old Australian has not won back-to-back world titles since she won four straight between 2007 and 2010. Gilmore’s chances of going back-to-back took a bit of a blow at the opening event of the 2023 season, the Billabong Pro Pipeline event when she was sent home following the elimination round. With that finish, Gilmore is No. 17 in points in 2023.
Gilmore had a strong showing at the 2022 Hurley Pro Sunset Beach event where she finished in third place behind Malia Manuel and winner Brisa Hennessy.
Best bet to win the 2023 WSL Women’s Hurley Pro Sunset Beach
Stephanie Gilmore did not perform well at the Billabong Pro Pipeline event to open the 2023 WSL Championship Tour season, but don’t expect that finish to factor into her performance at the 2023 Hurley Pro Sunset Beach. After all, Gilmore missed the first event of 2022 because of injury, only to come back and finish in third at the Hurley event. Expect a focused and maybe somewhat embarrassed Gilmore to come back strong at the 2023 Hurley Pro Sunset Beach and win the event.
Our pick: Stephanie Gilmore to win the 2023 WSL Women’s Hurley Pro Sunset Beach
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