The 2024 World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT) is ready for kickoff, beginning with the LEXUS Pipe Pro. Billabong is no longer the sponsor after being gobbled up by Authentic Brands Group, who quickly cut their budget by cutting event sponsorships across the world. As a result, fans of contest merch will enjoy better designs under the co-sponsoring VISSLA / Florence Marine X banner. As far as the event itself goes, competitors and viewers alike are praying for better waves compared to what they received for the 2023 event. The good news, is that swell has been plentiful thus far this winter season on the North Shore, thanks in part to sénior El Niño. Assuming that the forecast sticks, what are our WSL Pro Pipeline odds and predictions for 2024? Read ahead to find out!
Betting Preview for the WSL WCT Pipe Pro Men’s and Women’s Surfing Competition Running from January 29 to February 10 2024
Where: Ehukai Beach Park, Oahu
When: Waiting period runs from January 29 to February 10, 2024
Betting Lines: View sportsbooks offering WSL betting odds
Streaming Broadcast: WSL website / WSL YouTube
Sponsors: Lexus / Vissla / Florence Marine X / Yeti
WSL Lexus Pipe Pro Men’s Picks
John John Florence: 4/6 Odds
WCT Ranking: No.8
Does being the majority owner of the same brand that is co-sponsoring the Pipe Pro make John John Florence a heavy favorite to win the event? No, it’s the fact that he is one of the best to ever surf Pipeline (and Backdoor) that makes him an odds-on favorite in this tally of predictions. For one, JJF is coming off of a win at the 2023 VANS Pipe Masters in December. Further, he came in 5th at the Pipeline Pro (as it was named then) in 2022 when the waves were abysmal, but won the 2021 event in solid conditions while it was still under the Pipe Masters banner. Make no bones about it, John John is a master of this domain on the WSL CT tour. He’s as safe a bet as any to hoist the trophy at the end of Finals day.
Gabriel Medina: 5/1 Odds
WCT Ranking: No.6
Like John John Florence, Medina completed a full year on tour in 2023 yet somehow did not make it into the Finals at Lower Trestles. While the generally aloof JJF may not care about falling to make the Top 5, you’d better believe that the super-competitive Medina does. Expect the 3-time World Champion to come out guns blazing at the first event of the WSL CT season. Medina has a proven track record when donning a jersey at Pipeline. He came in 2nd in 2021 and 2019 when the event was still dubbed the Billabong Pipe Masters, and won the event in 2018.
Kelly Slater: 8/1 Odds
WCT Ranking: No.34
This is without a doubt Kelly Slater’s last year on the WSL Championship Tour. And it won’t just be by choice as he’ll once again fall under the midyear cut and WON’T be given a free ride wildcard slot for the remainder of the season. However, before this unfolds, the greatest to ever compete at Pipeline will throw everything he has at the Pipe Pro. Swan song and so forth. Does “everything he has” even matter against a young and hungry group of young and strong Pipeline performers like Jack Robinson, Seth Moniz, and Barron Mamiya and the Pipe Pro odds-on-favorites we’ve named above? It’s an El Niño winter with some of the heaviest Pipe conditions that we’ve seen in a long time. This fact favors a win for Slater.
Seth Moniz: 10/1 Odds
WCT Ranking: No.23
The 26 year old Hawaiian is a strong performer at Pipeline, which includes contest results. Moniz’s battle against Kelly Slater in the Finals of the Billabong Pro Pipeline in 2022 was a thing of legend. He also came in 3rd against John John Florence, Makana Pang, and Bill Kemper at the 2023 VANS Pipe Masters just a few weeks ago. Prior to these impressive results in prime conditions, Seth’s best numbers were a pair of 9ths at the event in 2021 and 2019.
Griffin Colapinto: 15/1 Odds
WCT Ranking: No.3
Griffin Colapinto has been on an upward trajectory for quite some time. He even had an honest shot at winning the WSL CT title last season, if it weren’t for an in-form Ethan Ewing. While Colapinto has had the experience and physicality to compete to win when west and northwest swells arrive to create ideal conditions at Banzai Pipeline, his headspace wasn’t quite there. That may very well change in 2024. Colapinto has found enlightenment through meditation and the guidance of motivational healer Joe Dispenza. Laugh about that if you will, but bettors would be wise to analyze every angle when considering WSL Pipe Pro odds and predictions. Griffin’s best performance during this CT contest was a 3rd in 2019.
Crosby Colapinto: 20/1 Odds
WCT Ranking: No.27
No longer simply known as the younger brother of Griffin Colapinto, Crosby’s stock is rising as an elite professional surfer. 2024 is his first official year on the CT, and while the San Clemente standout may have chalked up most of his accolades in Huntington Beach and other sloppy contest waves, he does have results at Pipe. In fact, he won the Pipe Masters leg of the digital VANS Triple Crown in 2021. Crosby Colapinto has been putting in reps on the North Shore at heavy Log Cabins, Backdoor, and Pipeline, and is ready to compete for the ultimate prize in pro surfing.
2024 WSL PIPE PRO MEN’S WINNER PREDICTION
Gabriel Medina returns to from and sends a message regarding his World Title intentions for the year ahead by winning the 2024 WSL Pipe Pro Men’s division.
WSL Lexus Pipe Pro Women’s Picks
Moana Jones Wong: 4/6 Odds
WCT Ranking: WILDCARD
Moana Jones Wong is the Queen of Pipeline. The title is well earned after a win at the 2023 VANS Pipe Masters and a mind-blowing (and viral) barrel at the 2023 Da Hui Backdoor Shootout. She also enjoyed an impressive performance during the 2023 VANS Triple Crown of surfing where she nabbed a score of 48.1 of 50. Moana also won the Billabong Pro Pipeline as a WILDCARD in 2022. It’s hard to envision a world where she doesn’t win at Pipe, but then again her crown was usurped by Molly Picklum at the 2022 VANS Pipe Masters so we suppose anything can happen around Ehukai during the winter season. But betting against her? Don’t be silly. Bet $100 on MJW and hedge your wager with one or more of the other contenders below.
Carissa Moore: 8/1 Odds
WCT Ranking: No.2
In December, STAB Magazine floated rumors that 5-time WCT World Champion Carissa Moore would retire from the WSL. The preceding announcement that Lower Trestles, Moore’s achilles heel. will be back as the venue for the WSL Finals in 2024 infers the possibility. However, we don’t see her skipping out on the entire tour, especially for events that will help her prepare for the 2024 Summer Olympic games in Teahupoʻo. The Hawaiian will be ready to do battle at the Pipe Pro, and odds look good for her to win. Carissa came in 3rd at the 2023 VANS Pipe Masters in December, and won the 2023 Billabong Pro Pipeline. She came in 2nd to Moana Jones Wong at the same event in 2022. It can also be argued that Moore is better at Backdoor Pipeline than MJW. If anyone will get the wave of the event on the women’s side, it will be MJW, but Carissa can take the overall win if both sides of the wave are firing.
Molly Picklum: 10/1 Odds
WCT Ranking: No.5
Don’t sleep on Molly Picklum, who is our top sleeper pick for the Pipe Pro women’s division. Standing at 5’5″ with 136 lbs of core strength, the central coast Australian has kept under the radar while racking up excellent performances in waves of consequence. Last season, Molly came in 5th at the Billabong Pro Pipeline and at the Tahiti Pro, and took the win at the Hurley Pro Sunset Beach. She is a serious contender when conditions are serious, so put money on Molly for the Pipe Pro.
Bettylou Sakura Johnson: 15/1 Odds
WCT Ranking: No.11
Bettylou Sakura Johnson is on track to become a consistent performer at Pipeline, although she isn’t where she needs to be quite yet. The 18 year old Hawaiian came in 10th in a field of 20 at the 2023 VANS Pipe Masters and received a 9th at the 2023 Billabong Pro Pipeline. She also claimed a 5th at the 2023 VANS Triple Crown of Surfing but with only 19-points out of a possible 50 at the Pipeline leg when conditions were prime. To her credit, Bettylou has been putting in time at the world’s most dangerous wave through the most recent autumn/winter. We expect her to keep improving at Pipeline. If the WSL runs the women’s heats in less than ideal conditions Bettylou could make it through with a win.
Tatiana Weston-Webb: 20/1 Odds
WCT Ranking: No.9
Tatiana Weston-Webb’s is a shell of her former self. She is currently ranked 9th amongst an uninspired bottom-half roster on the WSL Women’s CT. However, it’s the fact that her Class of 2024 is lackluster than shines a light on her potential to win the Pipe Pro. The blond-haired blue-eyed sort-of Brazilian was raised in Hawaii (Kauai) and has put in more reps at Pipe than most of her competitors. Webb snagged a 5th at the Billabong Pro Pipeline in 2023 and earned a 9th at the same event the year before. She also came in 3rd at the Maui Pro presented by ROXY at Pipeline when it was moved from Honolua Bay due to a shark attack.
2024 WSL PIPE PRO WOMEN’S WINNER PREDICTION
Moana Jones Wong stamps her name as the Queen of Pipeline with absolute authority by winning the 2024 WSL Pipe Pro. Bet on it!