SAN CLEMENTE, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 8: Event Site at the Rip Curl WSL Finals on September 8, 2022 at San Clemente, California. (Photo by Thiago Diz/World Surf League)
The World Surf League (WSL) Final 5 have been decided and are set to compete at Lower Trestles in San Clemente, California, at the Rip Curl WSL Finals, the one-day winner-take-all event to crown the World Champions. This year’s WSL Final 5 features a mix of World Champions and Tour newcomers, all eager to take home the 2023 World Titles. The competition holds a window between September 8 – 16, and will run on the best day of waves determined by the WSL Tours and Competition team.
Top 10 Surfers To Compete in One-Day Rip Curl WSL Finals
Each finalist earned their place in the Rip Curl WSL Finals based on competition results during the ten 2023 regular-season Championship Tour (CT) events. Now, the Top 5 men and the Top 5 women from those leaderboard rankings will battle it out for the World Title.
Five-time World Champion Carissa Moore (HAW) and defending World Champion Filipe Toledo (BRA) return as the top seeds. Moore will be joined by two-time World Champion Tyler Wright (AUS) and a field of up-and-coming women: Caroline Marks (USA), Molly Picklum (AUS), and Caitlin Simmers (USA), who are all hoping to earn their first World Titles.
Jack Robinson (AUS) will make his second Rip Curl WSL Finals appearance as he narrowly clinched a spot in the WSL Final 5 by winning in Tahiti. He will have to fight his way past Joao Chianca (BRA), Ethan Ewing (AUS), and San Clemente’s own Griffin Colapinto (USA) in order to meet Toledo in the Title Match.
Last year’s competition saw Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) win her historic eighth World Title after starting the event as the No. 5 seed, showing all Final 5 contenders what’s possible in the WSL Finals.
Rip Curl WSL Finals: How It Works
The World No. 1 ranked male and female surfer will both receive a bid directly into the Title Match, a best two-of-three-heat showdown to determine the World Champion. The remaining surfers will enter the Rip Curl WSL Finals bracket based on their year-end rankings.
Each Match will be a traditional heat format where two competitors will have 35 minutes to lock in their two highest-scoring waves, each wave out of a possible 10 points for a possible 20-point heat total.
Match 1 for the women will see two new faces to the Rip Curl WSL Finals in rookie Caitlin Simmers (USA) and Molly Picklum (AUS). For the men, Match 1 will see Jack Robinson (AUS) up against CT sophomore Joao Chianca (BRA). The No. 4 seed will have priority over the No. 5 seed to start the Match.
Whoever wins Match 1 will then advance to face World No. 3 in Match 2: Caroline Marks (USA) for the women and Ethan Ewing (AUS) for the men.
The winner of Match 2 will then face off against the No. 2 ranked surfer: Tyler Wright (AUS) for the women and Griffin Colapinto (USA) for the men. The winner of Match 3 will then move on to the best-of-three Title Match where they will face World No. 1, Carissa Moore (HAW) and Filipe Toledo (BRA). The first surfer to win two out of three Title Matches becomes the 2023 World Champion.
The crowning of the 2023 World Champions will immediately follow the final Title Match of the day.
About the Host Venue: Lower Trestles in Southern California
Due to its unique cobblestone setup, Lower Trestles is one of the most high-performance and iconic waves in the world. The A-frame wave provides a natural arena for the world’s best to showcase their talents and put on one final performance of the year. The venue also allows fans to watch their favorite surfers compete up close and personal.
For more information, visit WorldSurfLeague.com.
The event window for the Rip Curl WSL Finals opens on September 8 and holds a competition window through September 16, 2023. The event will be broadcast LIVE on WorldSurfLeague.com, the WSL’s YouTube channel, and the free WSL app. Check out more ways to watch from the WSL’s broadcast partners.
The Rip Curl WSL Finals is proudly supported by Rip Curl, SHISEIDO, Yeti, Red Bull, Surfline, True Surf, Pura Vida, 805 Beer, Pacifico, Sambazon, Original Sprout, Turtle Bay, Boxed Water, Tudor, Candy Crush, and Cup Noodles. For more information, please visit WorldSurfLeague.com.
About the WSL
The World Surf League (WSL) is the global home of competitive surfing, crowning the World Champions since 1976 and showcasing the world’s best surfers on the world’s best waves. WSL is comprised of the Tours and Competition division, which oversees and operates more than 180 global competitions each year; Kelly Slater Wave Company (KSWC), home of the world’s largest high-performance, human-made wave; and WSL Studios, an independent producer of unscripted and scripted projects.