Online Surfing Betting

For New Zealand punters, surfing may not seem like the most obvious sport to bet on. The truth is that surfing is actually perfect for everything from a casual punt to a serious wager. Surfing is an individual sport which means that punters can research and follow one surfer, getting to know how they perform in different conditions around the world. With surfing betting, the more you know about each surfer, the greater you chances of placing a winning bet.

The World Suring League

In 1976 the International Professional Surfers association was set up a by Hawaiian surfers Randy Rarick and Fred Hemmings, forming the governing body of professional surfing (ASP). In 2015, the ASP changed its name to the World Surfing League (WSL). Almost every online surfing bet will be placed on events organised by the World Surfing League. The WSL organises the annual surfing tour of professional surfers. Currently the tour includes 11 events in the men’s Championships and 10 events in the Woman’s Championship Tour.

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The Men’s and Woman’s Pro Tour

The professional surfing season runs from March through to December each year. This gives punters plenty of betting action in regular intervals. The current men’s Championship tour includes:

  • Quicksilver Pro Gold Coast
  • Margaret River Pro
  • Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach
  • Rio Pro
  • Fiji Pro
  • Corona J-Bay Open
  • Billabong Pro Tahiti
  • Hurley Pro at Trestles
  • Quiksilver Pro France
  • MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal
  • Billabong Pipe Masters

The Current Woman’s tour Championship includes:

  • Roxy Pro Gold Coast
  • Margaret River Pro
  • Rip Curl Woman’s Pro Bells Beach
  • Rio Woman’s Pro
  • Fiji Woman’s Pro
  • Vans US Open of Surfing
  • Swatch Trestles Woman’s Pro
  • Cascais Women’s Pro
  • Roxy Pro France
  • Maui Women’s Pro

Online Surfing Bets

Online surfing betting can be extremely fun and reward. With all of the major tour competitions broadcast and steamed live, punters can get on the action from day one. In surfing, there are a number of different types of bets that can be placed on each event. The most popular online surfing bet is a heat bet. This is where a punter simply predicts the winner of a particular heat on one of the surfing events. This can either bet for the men’s or the woman’s competition. To add to this, punters can also place futures bets on which man or woman will win a particular tour event or the Pro Championship for the year.

Before You Bet

As you can image, there are a lot of factors that can influence the outcome of a surfing competition. This is why betting on a heat is more common. With surfing, factors that can influence a win can include where the competition is being held, the type of waves conditions, the weather on the day, the surfer’s history at the particular beach, the surfer’s current physical fitness and form.

With so many factors to consider, it can be difficult to predict the winner of a tour or a championship. Once an event is in full swing, punters can gauge how the surfers are dealing with the current conditions and bet on heats during the event. In order to predict the winner of a Tour event, punters would have to follow a surfer’s progress over a month’s or years, seeing how they perform in each of the different beaches around the world.

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