|Rip Curl WSL Finals: How It Works
The number one rated male and female surfer will both receive a bid directly into the Title Match, a best-of-three 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: two competitors locking in their two highest-scoring waves — both out of a possible 10 points for a possible 20-point heat total. Match 1 for the women will see a new face in the Rip Curl WSL Finals in Brisa Hennessy (CRI), take on seven-time World Champion Stefanie Gilmore (AUS).
For the men, Match 1 will be Kanoa Igarashi (JPN), who narrowly clinched his spot in the Final 5 with a brilliant performance in Tahiti, up against 2019 World Champion Italo Ferreira (BRA).
Whoever wins Match 1 will then face World No. 3 in Match 2: Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA) for the women, and Ethan Ewing (AUS) for the men.
The winner of Match 2 will then face-off against the number two ranked surfer: Johanne Defay (FRA) for the women and Jack Robinson (AUS) 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 undisputed 2022 World Champion.
The crowning of the 2022 World Champions will immediately follow the final Title Match of the day.