28/02/2024

Italo Ferreira is an underdog favourite going into the WSL Finals. (Photo: World Surf League)

After a long 2022 season, the WSL comes to a close with the best five surfers going against each other to become the new men’s World Surf League champion.

When and where will the WSL Men’s Finals take place?

The WSL Finals will start on September 8 and run for nine days, finishing on September 16. Due to conditions on the day, the event doesn’t have to take place on all nine days. It will be taking place in Lower Trestles, San Clemente, California and will include the top five ranked surfers in both the male and female category.

WSL Surfers Competing

  • 1. Filipe Toledo (Brazil)
  • 2. Jack Robinson (Australia)
  • 3. Ethan Ewing (Australia)
  • 4. Italo Ferreira (Brazil)
  • 5. Kanoa Igarashi (Japan)

WSL Finals Surfers Season in Review

1. Filipe Toledo

Ranked number one is Brazilian Filipe Toledo. (Photo: World Surf League)

Beaten by 2021 WSL championship winner Gabriel Medina, Toledo is looking for revenge in the WSL Finals. Ranked number one with 54,690 points, he is the firm favourite to claim the title he nearly won last year. He had a great end to the season in which he hit peak performance, constantly finishing first and second place.

Men’s Championship Tour 2022 Placings

Billabong Pro Pipeline: Ninth (Defeated by Seth Moniz)

Hurley Pro Sunset Beach: Ninth (Defeated by Ethan Ewing)

MEO Pro Portugal: Second (Defeated by Griffin Colapinto)

Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach: First

Margaret River Pro: Ninth (Defeated by Nat Young)

Quicksilver Pro G-Land: Second (Defeated by Jack Robinson)

Surf City El Salvador Pro: Second (Defeated by Griffin Colapinto)

Oi Rio Pro: First

Corona Open J-Bay: Ninth (Defeated by Yago Dora)

Outerknown Tahiti Pro: 17th (Defeated by Nathan Hedge)

2. Jack Robinson

Ranked number two is Australian Jack Robinson. (Photo: World Surf League)

Robinson comes into the tournament ranked number two with 51,345 points. After a good start to his career, it was postponed due to COVID-19. Since coming back, he has risen to the top of the surfers list, just falling short of being ranked number one. He is highly touted as one of the favourites to become the new WSL champion.

Men’s Championship Tour 2022 Placings

Billabong Pro Pipeline: 17th (Defeated by Joao Chianca)

Hurley Pro Sunset Beach: Fifth (Defeated by Kanoa Igarashi)

MEO Pro Portugal: 17th (Defeated by Callum Robson)

Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach: Third (Defeated by Callum Robson)

Margaret River Pro: First

Quicksilver Pro G-Land: First

Surf City El Salvador Pro: Fifth (Defeated by Gabriel Medina)

Oi Rio Pro: Ninth (Defeated by Mateus Herdy)

Corona Open J-Bay: Second (Defeated by Ethan Ewing)

Outerknown Tahiti Pro: Ninth (Defeated by Nathan Hedge)

3. Ethan Ewing

Ranked number three is Australian Ethan Ewing. (Photo: World Surf League)

Ewing follows his compatriot into the WSL Finals, hoping to bring back glory to Australia. With 44,290 points, he is ranked third going into the finals. Destined for great things since his debut, he has emerged as a confident and consistent surfer. He will be hoping to take away the Australian bragging rights from Jack Robinson.

Men’s Championship Tour 2022 Placings

Billabong Pro Pipeline: 17th (Defeated by Callum Robson)

Hurley Pro Sunset Beach: Third (Defeated by Kanoa Igarashi)

MEO Pro Portugal: 17th (Defeated by Nat Young)

Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach: Third (Defeated by Filipe Toledo)

Margaret River Pro: Third (Defeated by Jack Robinson)

Quicksilver Pro G-Land: Ninth (Defeated by Matthew McGillivray)

Surf City El Salvador Pro: Fifth (Defeated by Italo Ferreira)

Oi Rio Pro: Ninth (Defeated by Yago Dora)

Corona Open J-Bay: First

Outerknown Tahiti Pro: Ninth (Defeated by Kauli Vaast)

4. Italo Ferreira

Ranked number four is Brazilian Italo Ferreira. (Photo: World Surf League)

2019 WSL winner Ferreira is looking to once again be crowned champion. He has gained a reputation for being one of the most explosive surfers on tour, and accumulated 40,460 points, coming in at fourth place. His aerial skills and raw talent will help contribute to his scoring in the final and may get him over the line.

Men’s Championship Tour 2022 Placings

Billabong Pro Pipeline: Ninth (Defeated by Miguel Pupo)

Hurley Pro Sunset Beach: 17th (Defeated by Barron Mamiya)

MEO Pro Portugal: Third (Defeated by Filipe Toledo)

Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach: Fifth (Defeated by Jack Robinson)

Margaret River Pro: Fifth (Defeated by Matthew McGillivray)

Quicksilver Pro G-Land: Ninth (Defeated by Connor O’Leary)

Surf City El Salvador Pro: Third (Defeated by Filipe Toledo)

Oi Rio Pro: Third (Defeated by Samuel Pupo)

Corona Open J-Bay: Fifth (Defeated by Kanoa Igarashi)

Outerknown Tahiti Pro: 17th (Defeated by Jadson Andre)

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5. Kanoa Igarashi

Ranked number five is Japanese Kanoa Igarashi. (Photo: World Surf League)

Born to be a professional surfer, Igarashi is ranked fifth with 40,270 points. He has had a sporadic year, only just making the cut-off ahead of Miguel Pupo and Griffin Colapinto. Even though he just qualified for the tournament, he is not to be underestimated. Previously the youngest surfer on tour, he has matured into a surfer who can deliver under pressure.

Men’s Championship Tour 2022 Placings

Billabong Pro Pipeline: Fifth (Defeated by Kelly Slater)

Hurley Pro Sunset Beach: Second (Defeated by Barron Mamiya)

MEO Pro Portugal: Fifth (Defeated by John John Florence)

Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach: 17th (Defeated by Mick Fanning)

Margaret River Pro: 17th (Defeated by Matthew McGillivray)

Quicksilver Pro G-Land: Fifth (Defeated by Jack Robinson)

Surf City El Salvador Pro: Fifth (Defeated by Griffin Colapinto)

Oi Rio Pro: 17th (Defeated by Mateus Herdy)

Corona Open J-Bay: Third (Defeated by Jack Robinson)

Outerknown Tahiti Pro: Fifth (Defeated by Miguel Pupo)

Format of the WSL Finals

(Photo: WSL)

Match 1: The number four and five ranked surfer will compete against each other in a head-to-head competition in a traditional heat format.

Italo Ferreira vs. Kanoa Igarashi

Match 2: The winner of Match 1 will compete against the number three ranked surfer in a head-to-head competition in a traditional heat format.

Winner of Match 1 vs. Ethan Ewing

Match 3: The winner of Match 2 will compete against the number two ranked surfer in a head-to-head competition in a traditional heat format.

Winner of Match 2 vs. Jack Robinson

Title Match: The winner of Match 3 will compete against the number one ranked surfer in a head-to-head competition in a traditional heat format. This will be a best-of-three title match with the winner being the first to win two heats.

Winner of Match 3 vs. Filipe Toldeo

WSL Former Champions

2021: Gabriel Medina (Brazil)

2020: Cancelled due to COVID-19

2019: Italo Ferreira (Brazil)

2018: Gabriel Medina (Brazil)

2017: John John Florence (Hawaii)

2016: John John Florence (Hawaii)

2015: Adriano de Souza (Brazil)

The WSL Finals can be watched on FoxSports, the World Surf League YouTube channel or worldsurfleague.com

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