Hurley Pro Sunset Beach Predictions, Picks, Odds, and Betting Preview 2024

Hurley Pro Sunset Beach Odds and Predictions 2024

World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour betting fans only have one day to rest amidst the tightest scheduling leg of the 2024 season. Just as soon as the Lexus Pipe Pro concluded, the Hurley Pro Sunset Beach is slated to begin the day after Super Bowl Sunday. Whether you won big on the Pipe Pro (and Super Bowl?) and have cash to play with, or you need to make up for losses, the Hurley Pro gives you an opportunity to win big. Making this event even more exciting, is the shameful debacle put on by current WSL CT World Champion Filipe Toledo who chickened out of the preceding Pipe Pro. Remember that Toledo won last year’s Hurley Pro. Is he still a favorite among Hurley Pro Sunset Beach odds and predictions? Or will the shame carry from over Banzai Pipeline to bury Toledo into the deep water waves of Sunset? What about the Women’s division? Will Molly Picklum – who Styder Wasilewski suggested give Toledo tips to surfing Pipeline – win back to back titles at Sunset? As we stated, there has never been a more exciting year to watch this event than here in 2024. Read below for insight into how to make your picks and sign-up via the banner below to place your wagers accordingly.

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Hurley Pro Sunset Beach Odds and Predictions 2024

*UPDATE: On Feb 11, Filipe Toledo announced that he is withdrawing from the remainder of the season.

Betting Preview for the WSL WCT Hurley Pro Sunset Beach Men’s and Women’s Surfing Competition Running from February 12-22 2024


Where: Sunset Beach Park, Oahu

When: Waiting period runs from February 12-22, 2024

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Streaming Broadcast: WSL website / WSL YouTube

Sponsors: Hurley


Hurley Pro Sunset Beach Men’s Picks

FAVORITES

John John Florence: 4/6 Odds

WCT Ranking: No.2

John John has already started the CT season off strong, coming in 2nd to an extremely in-form Barron Mamiya at the Lexus Pipe Pro. While JJF is a favorite to win every event that he’s in, it has been awhile since he claimed any kind of title at Sunset Beach. He came in 1st in 2011 when the event was under the VAN World Cup of Surfing banner, followed by a a 5th in 2013, a 3rd in 2015, and a 9th at the Hurley Pro CT version in 2023. Heading into the 2024 Summer Olympics games as the USA’s best shot at a gold medal in surfing, look for JJF to put together a statement making campaign from here on in. An overdue second win at Sunset Beach is an ideal way to put those wheels in motion.

Jack Robinson: 5/1 Odds

WCT Ranking: No.17

Like with many big names, Jack Robinson bowed out of the Lexus Pipe Pro unexpectedly early, but this won’t shake his steely demeanor coming into Sunset Beach where he has a history of impressive performances. Robinson came in 3rd at the Hurley Pro last season, came in 5th in 2022, and won in 2019 when it was Qualifying Series event known as the Vans World Cup of Surfing. The win in 2019 is what secured the Australian’s spot on the Championship Tour, so it holds a special place in his heart.

Ethan Ewing: 5/1 Odds

WCT Ranking: No.5

After the champion-caliber performance during the CT Finals at Lower Trestles against Toledo, all critics of Ethan Ewing were silenced. Ewing has been in the CT season ending Top 5 twice now, and we expect him to be there in San Clemente again this coming September 2024. He already has a strong Quarterfinal finish at the Lexus Pipe Pro, so is coming into Sunset Beach with solid results to back his favorite status. The 25 year old regular footer from Queensland Australia came in 5th at the event in 2023 and nabbed a 3rd in 2022. Like with countryman Robinson (above) Ethan enjoyed a great performance when the event was a QS, coming in 3rd at the VANS World Cup of Surfing. Speaking of VANS, Ethan Ewing had the strongest of all Sunset Beach performances in the 2023 VANS Triple Crown, scoring a 51.2 out of a possible 60 at Sunset. Ewing is due for a win in this neck of the North Shore. 2024 could very well be the season he makes it happen.

Filipe Toledo: 8/1 Odds

WCT Ranking: No.31

*UPDATE: On Feb 11, Filipe Toledo announced that he is withdrawing from the remainder of the season.

As much as we hate to give “Not Our World Champion” the honor of being a favorite at any big wave event on the CT, we cannot deny that this spot is well suited to Toledo. It’s a deep water wave, which means that there is no real consequence of hitting the reef if/when he falls. The mental block that he has when surfing over shallow reef at Pipe and Teahupoʻo (and soon to be Cloudbreak in Fiji) will not factor into the equation. Furthermore, the large walls of Sunset give Filipe the canvas he likes to paint with his Sharp Eye rail. The only wildcard here, is how he will respond to the pressure of having to put on a world class performance after his embarrassment at the Lexus Pipe Pro. For this reason, he has the longest odds of the favorites named on this list of Hurley Pro Sunset Beach predictions.


SLEEPERS

Griffin Colapinto: 10/1 Odds

WCT Ranking: No.9

Last season’s Top 5 finisher (3rd) Griffin Colapinto lost in the Round of 16 at the Lexus Pipe Pro, but the fast maturing San Clemente kid charged hard and showed he has more heart than most of his competitors – especially the 2023 World Champion. Colapinto also has a string of great performances at Sunset Beach. He came in 2nd to Filipe Toledo at the Hurley Pro in 2023, and came in 4th twice when it was the VANS World Cup in 2017 and 2018. Like with Ethan Ewing, many experts feel that Griffin Colapinto is due for a win at the Hurley Pro Sunset Beach. If Toledo was his achilles heel, he may find confidence that Toledo is looking really bad right now. If they matchup again in the Final, look for Griffin to hold the mental edge this time.

Barron Mamiya: 15/1 Odds

WCT Ranking: No.1

It may seem odd to name a recent winner of the Hurley Pro (2022) a sleeper pick instead of a favorite. It’s even stranger when you consider that he just dominated the competition to win the Pipe Pro which concluded one day before this Sunset contest. BUT, this is where Vegas’ oddsmaker methodology comes into play. The chance of lightening striking again for Mamiya, who is in his “Junior” year on the Tour, is mathematically slimmer as the newly minted wearer of the WSL yellow jersey. Look, Barron has a bright future on the CT, but it takes years of experience to steady the nerves that come with the excitement of a massive win.


LONG SHOT

Jordy Smith: 20/1 Odds

WCT Ranking: No.5

To be honest, we didn’t think we’d ever again include Jordy Smith’s name on any list of WSL CT event picks and predictions. Don’t get us wrong, as we love the South African, but like many we had assumed that the veteran’s best performances have been put to pasture. Then, Smith came out swinging at the Lexus Pipe Pro, and showed the world that he just might have enough gas in the tank to make one final run at a CT World Title. Carrying a 5th place finish from the Pipe Pro into the Hurley Pro, Jordy looks strong. Sunset Beach is an ideal wave for the Saffa who calls J-Bay (a sibling wave to Sunset) home. His pedigree of strong past performances (9th place or better) at Sunset Beach speaks for itself, but we’ll list them here for your betting benefit:

  • 9th in 2022
  • 5th in 2018 (as VANS World Cup)
  • 1st in 2016 (as VANS World Cup)
  • 9th in 2012 (as VANS World Cup)
  • 9th in 2011 (as VANS World Cup)

2024 WSL HURLEY PRO SUNSET BEACH MEN’S WINNER PREDICTION

Ethan Ewing gets his due at Sunset Beach, by winning the 2024 Hurley Pro Men’s division.


Hurley Pro Sunset Beach Women’s Picks

FAVORITES

Molly Picklum: 4/6 Odds

WCT Ranking: No.2

Everyone was blown away by Molly Picklum’s performance at the Lexus Pipe Pro. Her 10-point ride will go down in history as one of the best waves ever surfed by a woman at Banzai Pipeline:

It seems as if Molly’s surfing has improved with each event since she joined the Tour in 2022. Based upon what we saw from her entire run at the Pipe Pro, she is now an early odds on favorite to win the Championship in 2024. Is Picklum is a solid pick to win at the Hurley Pro Sunset Beach though? Given that she won it last year, we’d say so. Even though she is in the same boat as Mamiya (who also joined the Tour in 2022) from the Men’s division, Molly is mature beyond her years. We don’t envision nerves shaking Picklum from her EPS perch, no matter how Sunset Beach waves behave during the event waiting period.

Caroline Marks: 5/1 Odds

WCT Ranking: No.5

We’re admittedly not big fans of current CT Women’s World Champ’s boxy style of surfing. But what she severely lacks in style, she makes up for in raw power. Raw power is what is needed to throw enough spray to get attention from the judges tower which is oh-so far away from the deep water action at Sunset Beach. As a goofy footer, Marks needs the range to be around head-high to a few feet overhead, where it can produce peaks with excellent lefts that she can tear to shreds. Caroline came in 2nd to Molly Picklum at the Hurley Pro in 2023.


SLEEPERS

Caitlin Simmers: 10/1 Odds

WCT Ranking: No.1

Simmers is a sleeper pick for the simple fact that she doesn’t have a lot of competitive experience at Sunset Beach. Her only showing was during her rookie year (last year) when she came in 5th at the Hurley Pro. Of course, experience (or lack thereof) didn’t seem to matter at idyllic Pipeline this passed Saturday (February 10). She won the damn thing, and followed up with one of the best post-heat interviews in WSL broadcast history:

“Pipeline for the fucking girls […] I respect everyone who wants a part of it and I respect anyone who doesn’t want a part of it.” 

The 18 year old Oceanside CA native dropped an F-bomb on behalf of every aspiring female pro-surfer out there, while sneakily throwing shade on Filipe Toledo at the same time.

Bettylou Sakura Johnson: 15/1 Odds

WCT Ranking: No.3

Bettylou Sakura Johnson’s home break is Sunset Beach, which gives her home-court advantage. She is also coming into the event with confidence after a semifinal finish at the Pipe Pro, which she lost (to Picklum) by a fraction of a point. Bettylou came in 9th at the Hurley Pro last season, and enjoyed a 3rd place finish at the same event in 2022. She also had the third best Women’s division result for her Sunset Beach submission to the digital VANS Triple Crown in 2023, with a score of 41.4.


LONG SHOT

India Robinson: 20/1 Odds

WCT Ranking: No.9

After falling of the tour in the back half of 2022 and subsequently missing 2023, Australian India Robinson is back on the CT thanks to solid performances on the Challenger Series. Robinson did well at the Pipe Pro with a 9th, and will be stoked to solidify her 2024 campaign at CT stop #2 by competing at a wave she was built for. Her stocky stature serves her well at the heavy deep water wave, which was made evident by a Quarterfinal finish at Sunset Beach in 2022.


2024 WSL HURLEY PRO SUNSET BEACH WOMEN’S WINNER PREDICTION

Molly Picklum gets back-to-back trophies at the Hurley Pro Sunset Beach.

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Hurley Pro Sunset Beach Odds and Predictions 2024

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