How Is Italo Ferreira Not In The World Title Race?
He’s won three of ten events goddammit!
Yeah, us too.
But there are a few individuals, three of them in particular, who will lose sleep over their World Title chances for the next month-and-a-half.
I’m here to argue there should be four.
Bells, Keramas, and now Supertubos.
Those are the three waves Italo Ferreira dominated this season, giving him his first career CT victories and the highest comp earnings of any surfer in 2018 ($386,500).
Yet somehow, with one event left on the schedule, Italo Ferreira isn’t in the World Title race. Even if he won Pipe (making that his fourth W of the year) and Medina, Wilson, and Toledo all got last, Italo still could not hold the goblet come season’s end.
And this seems odd, right? That a surfer could win more than one-third of the season’s events (with his next closest competitor winning just one-sixth) and still not be in the running for best competitive surfer of the year?
If you look at Italo’s scoreline, it’s clear why he’s not in the top 3 – Koala Man’s got a bag full of 1sts and 13ths while Julian, Gabriel, and Filipe have a healthy arrangement of quarters, semis, and finals. But I’d argue there’s something powerful about winning the most events as opposed to just placing in a majority of them, and that “something” should be considered by the WSL.
Funnily enough, it has.
Before the start of the 2018 season, the WSL quietly changed the point totals for CT placings. For reference:
The point spread from 2011-2017 was:
1st: 10,000 points
2nd: 8,000 points
3rd: 6,500 points
5th: 5,200 points
9th: 4,000 points
13th: 1,750 points
25th: 500 points
The point spread for 2018 is:
1st: 10,000 points
2nd: 7,800 points
3rd: 6,085 points
5th: 4,745 points
9th: 3,700 points
13th: 1,665 points
25th: 420 points
All up, that leads to the following point differences:
2nd: -200 point difference from 2017
3rd: -415 point difference from 2017
5th: -450 point difference from 2017
9th: -300 point difference from 2017
13th: -85 point difference from 2017
25th: -80 point difference from 2017
Looking at the numbers, it’s clear the WSL developed this new system to further reward higher placings. Results between 9th-3rd took a big hit in points, which ultimate gives more value to finalists.
However, this Italo situation begs the question: is a 2,200 point difference between 1st and 2nd big enough?
In other words, does Italo Ferreira deserve a spot in the Title race?
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