Finally, professional surfing has come to back to Indonesia. The long awaited arrival of G-Land on the WSL World Championship Tour (WCT) is exciting in itself. When you factor in the fact that the league has now been whittled down to just 22 surfers after the mid-year cut you’ll find some pretty stoked surf bettors. The fat has been trimmed which narrows down the picks for the Quiksilver Pro G-Land contest. Your odds of winning have gone up drastically now that half of the athletes have been sent packing. That said, stakes are higher than ever as the men battle for a Top 5 spot that will guarantee them a slot in the 2022 WSL Finals in September. There are some major points on deck at one of the best left-hand reef breaks in the world. Who will win? You’ve come to the right place to find out. We picked the winner for the Bells Beach event and did well with our pick of Jordy Smith at the Margaret River Pro (who came in 5th). We also named the two finalists – John John Florence and Jack Robinson – as favorites. Robinson was the eventual winner. With that out of the way, let’s have a look at our Quiksilver Pro G-Land odds and predictions.
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Betting Preview for the WSL WCT Quiksilver Pro G-Land Men’s Surfing Competition Running from May 28 to June 6 2022
Where: G-Land, Plengkung Beach, Banyuwangi, Indonesia
When: Waiting period runs from May 28 to June 6, 2022
Betting Lines: View WSL betting odds
Streaming Broadcast: WSL website / WSL YouTube
Online Commentary: BeachGrit
Surfing Podcast for Post-Event Recap: SurfSplendor
Kelly Slater: 4/6 Odds
WCT Ranking: No.13
The Grajagan wave (aka G-Land) has a myriad faces, along with a grouping of unique sections that all have their individual nuances, charms, and challenges. They also have their own names, which include Kongs, Moneytrees, Launching Pads, Speedies (or Speed Reef) and more. There’s one surfer who knows them all like the back of his bronzed dome – Kelly Slater. To be honest, we weren’t even going to name Slater as a favorite to win anything else for the rest of the year. He has been on a downward slide since his win at Pipe to begin the annum. He now has three 17th finishes for the season after bowing out in the Round of 32 at the Margaret River Pro. But Kelly knows G-Land better than anyone on the Tour which gives him a distinct advantage, especially if it’s barreling. In fact, Slater won the first Quiksilver Pro G-Land in 1995, two years before it was removed from the tour. He has made innumerable trips back to Plengkung Beach since then. A win here would be a nice feather in Slater’s towering cap, and a perfect way to cap off his 2022 campaign.
Italo Ferreira: 4/6 Odds
WCT Ranking: No.5
G-Land is a goofy footer’s dream. Despite not having much experience in Indo, Italo Ferreira will destroy pretty much anyone who gets in the way. He has proven in the past that he doesn’t require intimate knowledge of a surf spot to excel, and if barrels are traded for air sections he may be unstoppable. Although, Ferreira hasn’t been surfing quite like himself. There’s almost a reserved nature (for him) to his performances of late, which cost him in the quarterfinals at the Margaret River Pro. His outward cockiness is still there, but his inner-confidence is lacking a little. More consequentially, judges appear to be getting tired of the Brazilian’s schtick.
John John Florence: 5/1 Odds
WCT Ranking: No.2
What’s up with JJF this season? Despite better performances and an average higher heat score (15.37) than everyone else in each event, he can’t seem to close any of them with a win. Florence made the finals at the Margaret River Pro, but failed to claimed this third title there after falling to Jack Robinson. Although, if you’re going to lose to anyone in Western Oz, hometown hero Robinson is the way to go.
Gabriel Medina: 8/1 Odds
WCT Ranking: Wildcard
G-Land is back and so is G-Medina! After taking the first half of the season off for medical and mental health reasons, Gabriel Medina is returning to the WCT with an injury wildcard. There was never any doubt that the 3x World Champion goofy-footer would come back to paint the face and ride the barrel at one of the world’s longest waves. He has surfed G-Land just once but it stoked his interest enough to yank him out of hibernation. Will taking so much time off from the tour work for, or against Medina? There’s a case to be made on both sides of the coin, but to not call him a favorite to win the event would be a disservice to bettors.
Griffin Colapinto: 12/1 Odds
WCT Ranking: No.10
Colapinto won his first WCT event at the MEO Pro Portugal back in March and was able to shrug off an early exit at the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach to carry some of that momentum into Margaret River. He received a modest 9th place finish at the last stop of the Australian leg. Can the young San Clemente surfer perform at G-Land? Normally we’d call the regular footer a long shot for such a challenging left-handed reef break. However, Colapinto put in some serious work in an uncrowded Indonesia during the filming of last year’s Reckless Isolation. He impressed viewers, us, and Vegas sportsbooks enough to make him a sleeper pick to win the Quiksilver Pro G-Land. Hedge your wagers by betting on this sleeper.
Kolohe Andino: 20/1 Odds
WCT Ranking: No.14
Oh Kolohe, you’ve become quite the journeyman on the WSL World Championship Tour. Will you fulfill your destiny to become this generation’s Taylor Knox and never claim a WCT win despite having a storied career? Maybe not. It’s not impossible to envision an Andino win at G-Land. We gave credit to his buddy Colapinto for putting time in Indo for the film of Reckless Isolation, so why not afford the same to the man who produced the movie? It probably won’t happen, but it might. That’s what a long shot is, after all.
Miguel Pupo: 25/1 Odds
WCT Ranking: No.9
We have to squeeze in one more goofy-footer because Quiksilver Pro G-Land odds definitely favor lefties. Miguel Pupo seems like a solid enough pick for this final position. His average heat score (at press) of 10.35 leaves a lot to be desired, but his performance at Margaret River (9th) instills enough confidence to make him a long shot contender at G-Land.
2022 WSL QUIKSILVER PRO G-LAND MEN’S WINNER PREDICTION
Gabriel Medina comes back from his break to claim his throne with a win at G-Land. He will now set his sights on that Top 5 spot to claim his forth world title.
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