Gabriel Medina Still WSL Championship Tour Odds Favourite After Losing Lead

DailyStoke Team

Brazilian surf star Gabriel Medina remains the bookmakers’ favourite to win the 2019 WSL Men’s Championship Tour title despite losing the lead to Italo Ferreira.

Ferreira, 25, beat Jordy Smith in the final of the MEO Rip Curl Portugal Pro this past weekend to take a lead of a little more than one point at the head of the Men’s Championship Tour table.

Medina, also 25, has long held his place atop the Tour throne, and Unibet still have the Brazilian priced as an 11/10 (2.10) frontrunner to clinch his third world crown in Oahu, Hawaii. That’s where the 2019 season will come to a close with the 2019 Billabong Pipeline Masters next time out.

Ferreira is a close second despite holding the standings lead heading into the season crescendo and comes in at 9/4 (3.25), which could be a valuable price if he carries momentum to Hawaii.

Third-place Smith is a 4/1 (5.00) underdog despite almost sitting level on points with Medina, while Filipe Toledo in fourth—1.925 points off the lead—is another contender at 5/1 (6.00).

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