WSL 2023 Men’s Hurley Pro Sunset Beach Picks: John John Florence Favorite to Win

  • What: World Surf League 2023 Men’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 Australian competitor Jack Robinson defeat Italian surfer Leonardo Fioravanti in the finals. The win was Robinson’s first victory since he won back-to-back events in the middle of the 2022 season at the Margaret River Pro and Quiksilver Pro G-Land. Fioravanti was a surprise runner-up. The 25-year-old had never made it to the final two in a WSL Championship Tour event. This week, the WSL remains in Hawaii for the Hurley Pro Sunset Beach event.

The two big-name surfers who missed a lot of the 2022 WSL season because of injury, John John Florence and Gabriel Medina, had some success in this event, but Robinson eliminated both on his way to winning the title. Despite Robinson’s wins over both men at the Billabong event, Florence and Medina have shorter odds than Robinson heading into 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 Men’s Hurley Pro Sunset Beach picks

To Win 2023 WSL Hurley Pro Sunset BeachBetOnline Review
John John Florence+400
Gabriel Medina+450
Jack Robinson+500
Ethan Ewing+1000
Kanoa Igarashi+1200
Italo Ferreira+1400
Caio Ibelli+1600
Jordy Smith+2000
Griffin Colapinto+2000
Barron Mamiya+2000
Filipe Toledo+2000
Yago Dora+3300
Leonardo Fioravanti+3300
Seth Moniz+3300
Miguel Pupo+3300
Kelly Slater+3300
Joao Chianca+3300
Rio Waida+4000
Ryan Callinan+5000
Ezekiel Lau+5000
Samuel Pupo+5000
Kai Lenny+5000
Eli Hanneman+6600
Ian Gentil+6600
Liam OBrien+6600
Connor OLeary+8000
Callum Robson+8000
Kolohe Andino+8000
Matthew McGillivray+10000
Jake Marshall+10000
Keanu Asing+10000
Nat Young+15000
Jackson Baker+15000
Maxime Huscenot+15000
Carlos Munoz+15000

John John Florence

Injury kept John John Florence from surfing a complete 2022 WSL Championship Tour season. The 30-year-old Hawaiian missed the final four events of the year because of injury. Florence has won the WSL World Championship twice (2016 and 2017). He is currently the No.12 ranked surfer on the WSL Championship Tour, but expect him to move up quickly in those rankings when competition begins later this month at the Billabong Pro Pipeline WSL event, where he finished in fifth place in 2022. Florence had four top-five finishes in the six events he competed in during the 2022 WSL Championship Tour.

Florence made it to the quarterfinals of the Billabong event before falling to Robinson. His performance in that event garnered him 4,745 points for the 2023 season, which is good enough to tie him for No. 5 in the rankings with Filipe Toledo, Jordy Smith and Liam O’Brien.

Florence did not have a good performance at the 2022 Hurley Pro Sunset Beach. He finished at No. 17 in that event.

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Gabriel Medina

Gabriel Medina missed the first five events of 2022 to look after his mental health and the last two events of the year because of injury. In the three events he competed in, Medina took third place in two of those events.

The 29-year-old Brazilian is a three-time WSL World Champion (2014, 2018 and 2021)

Robinson eliminated Medina in the round of 16 at the Billabong event earlier this year. Medina earned 3,320 points for his performance in the first WSL event of 2023.

Injury prevented Medina from participating in the Hurley Pro Sunset Beach event in 2022.

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Jack Robinson

Last year Jack Robinson had his best performance as a competitor on the WSL Championship Tour. The 25-year-old Australian won two events, the Margaret River Pro and the Quiksilver Pro G-Land, while finishing as the runner-up at the Corona Open J-Bay. At the end of the year, Robinson finished in third place at the Rip Curl WSL Finals, losing to Italo Ferreira. Robinson started 2023 on a high note, winning the Billabong Pro Pipeline. In the process of claiming that victory, Robinson defeated name opponents Medina and Florence.

Robinson should have a lot of confidence heading into the 2023 Hurley Pro Sunset Beach since he finished in fifth place in the same event in 2022.

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Best bet to win the 2023 WSL Men’s Hurley Pro Sunset Beach

Barron Mamiya won this event in 2022. It was by far his best performance of the year. Mamiya is in the mix in 2023, but at +2000, he is a long shot to repeat as the Hurley Pro Sunset Beach Champion. With the way Jack Robinson performed in the opening WSL event of the 2023 season and his high finish in this event in 2022, the Aussie surfer is the best bet to win the 2023 WSL Hurley Pro Sunset Beach tournament.

Our pick: Jack Robinson to win the 2023 WSL Hurley Pro Sunset Beach event.

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