13/04/2024

Carissa Moore is the favourite heading into the WSL Finals. (Photo: Team USA)

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

When and where will the WSL Women’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. Carissa Moore (Hawaii)
  • 2. Johanne Defay (France)
  • 3. Tatiana Weston-Webb (Brazil)
  • 4. Brisa Hennessy (Costa Rica)
  • 5. Stephanie Gilmore (Australia)

WSL Finals Surfers

1. Carissa Moore

Ranked number one is Hawaiian Carissa Moore. (Photo: World Surf League)

Moore was able to make the Women’s WSL Final Five, ranked number one with 57,670 points over the season. She is looking to become World Champion for the sixth time in her career. Already an Olympic gold medallist, she can handle the pressure and will only need to beat one competitor in the tournament.

Women’s Championship Tour 2022 Placings

Billabong Pro Pipeline: Second (Defeated by Moana Jones Wong)

Hurley Pro Sunset Beach: Ninth (Defeated by Molly Picklum)

MEO Pro Portugal: Third (Defeated by Tatiana Weston-Webb)

Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach: Second (Defeated by Tyler Wright)

Margaret River Pro: Ninth (Defeated by Bronte Macauley)

Roxy Pro G-Land: Second (Defeated by Johanne Defay)

Surf City El Salvador Pro: Fifth (Defeated by Caroline Marks)

Oi Rio Pro: First

Corona Open J-Bay: Third (Defeated by Tatiana Weston-Webb)

Outerknown Tahiti Pro: Fifth (Defeated by Vahine Fierro)

2. Johanne Defay

Ranked number two is Frenchwoman Johanne Defay. (Photo: World Surf League)

Defay has yet to win a title but is most deserving out of all five competitors. Ranked number two with 50,220 points, she had a disappointing outing in her last two competitions this year, which could have seen her gain the top spot. She is the under-rated favourite to win the upcoming tournament.

Women’s Championship Tour 2022 Placings

Billabong Pro Pipeline: Fifth (Defeated by Lakey Peterson)

Hurley Pro Sunset Beach: Fifth (Defeated by Malia Manuel)

MEO Pro Portugal: Fifth (Defeated by Stephanie Gilmore)

Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach: Fifth (Defeated by Brisa Hennessy)

Margaret River Pro: Fifth (Defeated by Isabella Nichols)

Roxy Pro G-Land: First

Surf City El Salvador Pro: Third (Defeated by Lakey Peterson)

Oi Rio Pro: Second (Defeated by Carissa Moore)

Corona Open J-Bay: Fifth (Defeated by Tyler Wright)

Outerknown Tahiti Pro: Ninth (Defeated by Vahine Fierro)

3. Tatiana Weston-Webb

Ranked number three is Brazilian Tatiana Weston-Webb. (Photo: World Surf League)

Weston-Webb has been a strong and fierce competitor since her debut in 2015. The Brazilian is ranked third with 48,695 points. She has a good career win percentage against Carissa Moore, defeating her twice already this season in a competition final. Since her disappointing Olympics campaign, she has proven critics wrong and hit her career best form.

Women’s Championship Tour 2022 Placings

Billabong Pro Pipeline: Ninth (Defeated by Moana Jones Wong)

Hurley Pro Sunset Beach: Ninth (Defeated by Luana Silva)

MEO Pro Portugal: First

Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach: Ninth (Defeated by Bronte Macaulay)

Margaret River Pro: Ninth (Defeated by Gabriela Bryan)

Roxy Pro G-Land: Third (Defeated by Carissa Moore)

Surf City El Salvador Pro: Ninth (Defeated by Stephanie Gilmore)

Oi Rio Pro: Third (Defeated by Carissa Moore)

Corona Open J-Bay: First

Outerknown Tahiti Pro: Third (Defeated by Courtney Conlogue)

4. Brisa Hennessy

Ranked number four is Costa Rican Brisa Hennessy. (Photo: World Surf League)

Hailing from Costa Rica, Hennessy has the weight of her country on her back. The young surfer was able to score 48,085 points ranking her in fourth place. She is looking to showcase her full potential in the finals and prove she is the best young female surfer in the present time. Starting the year off well, she struggled in the middle of the year before getting back to her form late in the season.

Women’s Championship Tour 2022 Placings

Billabong Pro Pipeline: Fifth (Defeated by Carissa Moore)

Hurley Pro Sunset Beach: First

MEO Pro Portugal: Ninth (Defeated by Courtney Conlogue)

Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach: Third (Defeated by Carissa Moore)

Margaret River Pro: Fifth (Defeated by Gabriela Bryan)

Roxy Pro G-Land: Fifth (Defeated by Bronte Macaulay)

Surf City El Salvador Pro: Ninth (Defeated by Caroline Marks)

Oi Rio Pro: Ninth (Defeated by Lakey Peterson)

Corona Open J-Bay: Fifth (Defeated by Tatiana Weston-Webb)

Outerknown Tahiti Pro: Second (Defeated by Courtney Conlogue)

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5. Stephanie Gilmore

Ranked number five is Australian Stephanie Gilmore. (Photo: World Surf League)

Gilmore was the last competitor to qualify for the WSL Finals. The experienced surfing veteran just made the cut with 46,370 points, narrowly making it into the tournament. A former eight-time champion she will be relying on her experience to get her the title. Going for her ninth title, she will be hoping to relive her 2018 glory.

Women’s Championship Tour 2022 Placings

Billabong Pro Pipeline: N/A

Hurley Pro Sunset Beach: Ninth (Defeated by Gabriela Bryan)

MEO Pro Portugal: Third (Defeated by Lakey Peterson)

Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach: Fifth (Defeated by Carissa Moore)

Margaret River Pro: Fifth (Defeated by Bronte Macauley)

Roxy Pro G-Land: Fifth (Defeated by Johanne Defay)

Surf City El Salvador Pro: First

Oi Rio Pro: Ninth (Defeated by Isabella Nichols)

Corona Open J-Bay: Third (Defeated by Tyler Wright)

Outerknown Tahiti Pro: Fifth (Defeated by Courtney Conlogue)

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.

Brisa Hennessy vs Stephanie Gilmore

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 Tatiana Weston-Webb

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 Johanne Defay

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 Carissa Moore

WSL Former Champions

2021: Carissa Moore (Hawaii)

2020: Cancelled due to COVID-19

2019: Carissa Moore (Hawaii)

2018: Stephanie Gilmore (Australia)

2017: Tyler Wright (Australia)

2016: Tyler Wright (Australia)

2015: Carissa Moore (Hawaii)

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

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