- Who: The top four contenders for the WSL Women’s Championship in 2022
- When: 2022 World Surf League Season
With fall turning to winter in a couple of weeks, the surfing world will be in full preparation for the 2022 World Surf League Championship season. After a 2021 WSL season that saw Carissa Moore take home her fifth world championship, the public is ready to see if she makes more history in 2022. Similar to the men’s competition, the WSL Women’s Championship is a season-long competition that features a points-system based off of finishes at seven tournaments and the also the WSL Rip Curl Finals.
Below are the favorites to win it all next year and also our prediction on who will be crowned as the queen of the 2022 WSL season.
|WSL Women's Championship 2022|
|Tatiana Weston Webb||+550|
Carissa Moore (+200)
The reigning world and 2020 Olympic champion, Moore is as accomplished as they come in the surfing world. Boasting five WSL Women’s World Tour Championships (2011, 2013, 2015, 2019, 2021), the Hawaiian is a gifted competitor and at 29 years of age, still in the prime of her career. Moore was able to take home the 2021 title by besting rival Tatiana Weston-Webb by over 3,000 points in the final standings. Her first place finish in the WSL Finals sealed her fifth title and was her second win on the tour that season. The formula really is simple for Moore, just keep doing what you are doing and the rest will fall into place.
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Caroline Marks (+450)
Regarded as “the next big thing” in women’s surfing, Marks is aiming for her first WSL title in 2022 and it could very well be her’s for the taking. A native of Boca Raton, Florida, the 19-year old is already a multiple national champion and the youngest female ever to compete in a WSL event. Marks was recognized as the 2018 WSL Rookie of the Year and finished the 2019 season in second place overall in the WSL Women’s Championship standings. After a fourth overall finish at the 2020 Olympics, Marks is looking to improve on her numbers for 2022. For her to make a final run at the title, she needs to build off of her early competition success and make a consistent championship push throughout the season.
Tyler Wright (+500)
The only other former WSL world champion on this list, the Australian won back-to-back titles in 2016 and 2017, Wright is angling for a return to glory in 2022. Since then, Wright has had some inconsistent performances. She finished in sixth place in the 2021 WSL Women’s standings, tied with Marks, and also had to withdraw from the sixth WCT event causing her to miss the cut for the WSL Finals. It must be mentioned though that Wright was diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome after a bout with influenza A in 2018, so perhaps she has not fully recovered from her illness.
Tatiana Weston-Webb (+550)
The runner-up in this last season’s competition, Weston-Webb narrowly lost to Moore in the in the final standings. A Brazilian-American surfer based in Kauai, Hawaii, Weston-Webb is still seeking her first WSL Women’s title, but is coming off of her best season to date. The 25-year old locked down one WCT victory last season and was also able to notch multiple second (twice) and third place (twice) finishes. Even though she finished second to Moore at the WSL Finals and in the competition as a whole, her 2021 season was her best season yet and a solid year all-around.
Prediction: Three-peating In any sport is a near-impossible task, but Moore has the bonafides to make a run at history and move one step closer to tying the world title record of seven held by Layne Beachley and Stephanie Gilmore.
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