Here are some surfing betting tips for you. Why? Because surfing is one of most eagerly anticipated sports making its debut at next year’s summer Olympics. The hope of making it to 2021 Tokyo Olympics games will ensure some of the most competitive action ever in the world series league, WSL, offering some great betting opportunities.
Now when the U.S. legalized online sports betting in many states (New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania, etc.) there are a lot of options to bet on surfing. However, it is difficult to name the best surfing betting site. In the UK you can place bets on surfing competitions at Ladbrokes or William Hill. In the U.S. you can wager on surfing at sportsbooks like BetAmerica, especially during Olympics 2020 in Tokyo there will be many betting lines, hopefully including in-play betting lines (also on swimming and water polo). It's going to be great!
Surfing betting tips and rules
The typical surfing betting is known as a money line or win bet on a single surfer, much like betting on a golfer to win a two-ball or three-ball clash. The surfers go head-to-head in the later rounds of WSL events or three-ways in earlier rounds. Outright winner bets for the WSL world champions are also available. There are lots of surfing betting tips on the internet, but we suggest you'd look at the official Olympic games website for reliable information about the teams and potential winners/favorites.
In the men’s WSL, early results have seen Hawaii’s John John Florence and Brazil’s Italo Ferreira setting the pace. Florence is showing no ill-effects of the knee injury that ended his hopes last year – a win and a quarter-final spot in the first two events.
With that in mind, it would be easy to just keep punting on Ferreira and Florence, but for value, it may be worth checking who’s improving event by event.
It is also wise to analyze the location and how a surfer has performed there in the past. Jordy Smith is finishing in the top eight consistently and was a semi-finalist last year in Jeffreys Bay back home in South Africa. He should be in the mix there again later this year, and his odds should be better than last year’s winner at J-Bay, Brazil’s Filipe Toledo.
Defending world champion Gabriel Medina is yet to hit the highs of last season but two top-eight finishes keep him well in the hunt.
In the women’s event, American pair Courtney Conlogue and Caroline Monks lead the way with wins in the first two events. Australian Stephanie Gilmore is the reigning WSL champion and among the favorites for Tokyo gold next year. Two top-eight finishes this season keep her hopes alive of an eighth world title.
Upcoming surfing betting events and 2021 Olympics odds
Surfing qualification for the 2021 Olympics will be tough – only two men and two women are allowed to represent each country. With Hawaii coming under the USA flag some top names will miss out on making it to Japan.
Legend of the sport Kelly Slater has hinted he may try to take part, by which time he will be 48. He has also hinted he may quit at the end of this season.
It is key to stay on top of the news if you plan to bet smart and surfleague.com offers the latest updates in the WSL. For all the latest USA Olympics news check out teamusa.org/news.
Best surfing betting site
Several betting websites will accept bets on 2021 Olympics surfing markets, but you may have to wait closer to the surfing event for odds. Check best surfing betting sites such William Hill U.S. and BetAmerica sports betting site to find out what odds they’re offering on surfing competitions. Write your own surfing betting tips in comments below this article. We'd appreciate your contribution!
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