The Idea


The World Surf League is five events in** – Snapper thru to Margawutu – so far this year, and only Italo has won two events. Does that mean he’s running number one on most money earnt? Yes, and that got us wondering. It’s obvious how much each surfer is winning via prizemoney, but how much did they make per wave? How much do they average an event? A year? …
A random thought and one that’s most likely only in my head, regardless I dug in and pulled out some fun facts. On average Italo is earning $1400 for each wave he rides and M-Rod is taking home $500 for every he’s caught. There are some surprises amongst it all tho, dig in below
**JBay just finished, but I’ll include that at end of year stats. 

WAVES

34 surfers have ridden 3065 waves across five events and the world champ, John John, has only caught 53 waves of them. On the other end of the scale sits Julian with his bung wing, he's somehow managed to paddle into a whopping 154.

MONEY

There's been almost $3mil direct debited into 34 bank accounts across the globe so far this year. Italo being the run away at the moment, with Julian a close second. In fact, there's only 7 surfers who've earned over 100k this season. 

Italo winning the Bali Corona Protected WSL event

The Approach


To make it all work, we went and grabbed the data around how many waves everyone has caught, the prize money they’ve won (via World Surf League site). We pulled data from surfers who are on tour and scrapped the wildcards, except Mikey Wright – he’s basically full time anyway.

From there it was just playing around in a spreadsheet to get the figures dialed in and see who was what where and played around with a few formulas to help get some insights around it all.

Below are some stats on our dual event winner, Italo, along with defending world champ John John. We also threw in Michael Rodrigues, as he’s got the lowest Cash Per Wave number due in part to catching 158 waves this year.

128 WAVES

Most Waves Ridden
Bali, 54.

Least Waves Ridden
Snapper & Brazil, 13.

$234k won

Snapper - $11,500 (13th)
Bells - $100k (1st)
Rio - $11,500 (13th)
Bali -$100k (1st)
Ulus - $11,500 (13th)

CPW

Cash Per Wave - $1832
Average CPW - $1477

Bells CPW - $2941
Bali CPW - $821

53 WAVES

Most Waves Ridden
18, Brazil

Least Waves Ridden
5, Bali (injured)

$59k won

Snapper - $10,000 (25th)
Bells - $11,500 (13th)
Rio - $14,700 (9th)
Bali - $11,500 (13th)
Ulus - $11,500 (13th)

CPW

Cash Per Wave - $1117
Average CPW - $1295

Bali CPW - $2300
Brazil CPW - $817

158 WAVES

Most Waves Ridden
48, Snapper

Least Waves Ridden
16, Bells

$74k won

Snapper - $19,000 (5th)
Bells - $10,000 (25th)
Rio - $19,000 (5th)
Bali - $11,500 (13th)
Ulus - $14,700 (9th)

CPW

Cash Per Wave - $470
Average CPW - $504

Bells CPW - $625
Snapper CPW - $396

128 WAVES

Most Waves Ridden
Bali, 54.

Least Waves Ridden
Snapper & Brazil, 13.

$234k won

Snapper - $11,500 (13th)
Bells - $100k (1st)
Rio - $11,500 (13th)
Bali -$100k (1st)
Ulus - $11,500 (13th)

CPW

Cash Per Wave - $1832
Average CPW - $1477

Bells CPW - $2941
Bali CPW - $821

53 WAVES

Most Waves Ridden
18, Brazil

Least Waves Ridden
5, Bali (injured)

$59k won

Snapper - $10,000 (25th)
Bells - $11,500 (13th)
Rio - $14,700 (9th)
Bali - $11,500 (13th)
Ulus - $11,500 (13th)

CPW

Cash Per Wave - $1117
Average CPW - $1295

Bali CPW - $2300
Brazil CPW - $817

158 WAVES

Most Waves Ridden
48, Snapper

Least Waves Ridden
16, Bells

$74k won

Snapper - $19,000 (5th)
Bells - $10,000 (25th)
Rio - $19,000 (5th)
Bali - $11,500 (13th)
Ulus - $14,700 (9th)

CPW

Cash Per Wave - $470
Average CPW - $504

Bells CPW - $625
Snapper CPW - $396

WAVES

Total Number - 725 waves
Average Point - 21 waves

Most Waves
Michael Rodrigues - 48

Least Waves
John John Florence - 8

CASH/WAVE

Average Point - $795

Most Earned
Julian Wilson - $2128

Least Earned
Michael Rodrigues - $396

WAVES

Total Number - 492 waves
Average Point - 15 waves

Most Waves
Italo Ferrieira - 34

Least Waves
Mikey February - 6

CASH/WAVE

Average Point - $1083

Most Earned
Italo Ferrieira - $2941

Least Earned
Jeremy Flores - $525

WAVES

Total Number - 725 waves
Average Point - 21 waves

Most Waves
Michael Rodrigues - 48

Least Waves
John John Florence - 8

CASH/WAVE

Average Point - $795

Most Earned
Julian Wilson - $2128

Least Earned
Michael Rodrigues - $396

WAVES

Total Number - 492 waves
Average Point - 15 waves

Most Waves
Italo Ferrieira - 34

Least Waves
Mikey February - 6

CASH/WAVE

Average Point - $1083

Most Earned
Italo Ferrieira - $2941

Least Earned
Jeremy Flores - $525

Want More?


So that’s a decent wrap up on who’s earning what and how many waves are getting caught this year on the World Surf League tour. There’s a lot more data available and if you’d like access to it all I’ve prepared an easily downloadable PDF that has some statistics along with the entire data set.

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