2017 WSL Men’s Championship Tour Betting Preview

John John Florence

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 6:43 PM GMT

The rise in popularity of action sports has caused many large companies to take notice and devise ways to cash in off of its loyal followers. Sportsbooks have now started setting betting odds on some of the biggest events, giving you a chance to cash in based on your knowledge of the sport.

The rise in popularity of action sports has caused many large companies to take notice and devise ways to cash in off of its loyal followers. While sponsorship remains one of the most obvious ways for a brand to get their product in front of viewers, sports betting sites have now started setting betting odds on some of the biggest events, giving you a chance to cash in based on your knowledge of the sport.

We are just a few short days away from the start of the 2017 WSL Men's Championship Tour, and European sports betting giant, Paddy Power, has already set the odds for next year's World Title Race.

John John Florence

16/5

Matt Wilkinson

40/1

Adrian Buchan

80/1

Gabriel Medina

9/2

Italo Ferreira

40/1

Ethan Ewing

80/1

Mick Fanning

7/1

Bede Durbidge

50/1

Wiggolly Dantas

90/1

Kelly Slater

8/1

Kanoa Igarashi

50/1

Ezekiel Lau

90/1

Filipe Toledo

10/1

Connor Coffin

50/1

Jack Freestone

90/1

Julian Wilson

12/1

Michel Bourez

50/1

Ian Gouveia

150/1

Jordy Smith

12/1

Josh Kerr

66/1

Stuart Kennedy

150/1

Owen Wright

16/1

Leo Fioravanti

66/1

Frederico Morais

150/1

Adriano de Souza

20/1

Caio Ibeli

66/1

Miguel Pupo

175/1

Kolohe Andino

20/1

Sebastian Zietz

66/1

Jadson Andre

175/1

Joel Parkinson

25/1

Jeremy Flores

80/1

Joan Duru

175/1


How to Read Fractional Odds

Essentially, fractional odds are quite simple to read and understand, as the last number is what would have to be wagered to win the first number. Using the example of reigning World Champion, John John Florence, a $5 wager would result in winning $16 in profit (as you would also have the initial wager returned).

Longshots, while highly unlikely, do offer a large payout and a fun way to root for your favorite rookie on tour. A $1 bet on Rookie Joan Duru would leave you walking home with $175 at the end of the season, should he upset the field and pull off the miracle season. You almost have to feel bad for anyone who had a few bucks wagered on Matt Wilkinson prior to the start of last year's opening contest, as his impressive start saw his odds quickly improve, only to string together a few early exits late in the season and fall out of contention.

Potential Value?

After finishing the season with three 3rd place finished, Kolohe Andino ended the season with a 4th place ranking. Oddsmakers, however, have decided to list him behind Kelly Slater, Mick Fanning and Julian Wilson, all of whom finished behind him last season. While none of these surfers are pushovers, strictly from a value standpoint, you have to admit that Kolohe is undervalued here, and given that he finished in the top 5 on two of the first three events last year, a fast start might be all he needs to set the pace for the rest of his season.

Placing Our Bets

A quick rundown of recent history shows us that the usual suspects tend to dominate the World Tour, as the trophy has been passed between six surfers over the past twelve years. That being said, the past three seasons have seen a first-time winner, all of whom were in their twenties.

With an obvious changing of the guard taking place in the sport, we would be smart to hedge our bets with small wagers on both a tour veteran and a young star.

In this case, we are backing both John John Florence to retain his World Title and Mick Fanning to cause some noise in his return to the tour. Having released a full-length film, clinching his first title and winning the Eddie, one has to think that the pressure is now off of Florence, and we could expect to see even more highlights from him this season. For that reason, even as a heavy favorite, we are willing to take the risk with him as our top pick.

Mick, on the other hand, is well rested and has released some jaw-dropping clips recently to remind us just what he is capable of in the water.

Medina is without his father on the sidelines for the first few events, and Slater is essentially performing his swan song, and while they will both come home with plenty of points, I might stick to picking them to win specific events rather than the entire tour.

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