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Surf betting: Slater stuggles, Parko shines

Association of Surfing Professionals logoIf you happened to bet on Kelly Slater to win the 2009 ASP World Tour, chances are you’ve ripped down your bedroom poster of the defending World Champion.

Prior to the start of the 2009 schedule, Slater was a listed as a heavy -200 favorite at BetUS.com to be crowned World Surfing Champion for an unprecedented 10th time. For those of you not familiar with betting odds, -200 means you would have to bet $200 in order to win $100.

After three stops on this year’s 10-event Tour, the 37-year-old Floridian is ranked No. 25 out of 46 surfers in the ASP World Tour ratings.

Slater has finished a disappointing 17th in each of the first three events – the Quiksilver Pro (Gold Coast, Australia), the Rip Curl Pro (Bells Beach, Australia) and the Billabong Pro (Teahupoo, Tahiti). He has a mere 1,230 points to date.

Meanwhile, those who bet on Joel Parkinson to win his first ASP title are no doubt liking their investment so far. Parkinson is leading the Tour with 3,000 points. The 28-year-old Aussie won the first two events, and finished ninth in the third.

Next to Slater, Parko had the best odds (+550) to win this year’s title. At those odds, the payoff would be substantial if he were to win (a $100 wager would pay $550).

Behind Parkinson in the ASP ratings is Taj Burrow with 2,318 points, followed by Mick Fanning with 2,208 points. Both Australians had odds of +650 to win the title at BetUS.com (a $100 bet pays $650).

BetUS.com is no longer posting odds or taking bets on who will win overall title. However, the sportsbook may still post odds on individual events, as will numerous other online sportsbooks.

The next event on the Tour is the $340,000 Hang Loose Santa Catarina Pro in Santa Catarina, Brazil from June 27 to July 5. Odds on this event will likely become available in the next week or two.

Below is the complete listing of the opening odds to win 2009 ASP World Tour at BetUS.com:

Kelly Slater (USA) -200
Bede Durbidge (AUS) +550
Joel Parkinson (AUS) +550
Taj Burrow (AUS) +650
Mick Fanning (AUS) +650
Adrian Buchan (AUS) +1100
Adriano de Souza (BRA) +2000
C.J. Hobgood (USA) +2500
Nathaniel Curran (USA) +2500
Bobby Martinez (USA) +4000
Jeremy Flores (FRA) +4000
Dane Reynolds (USA) +4000
Luke Stedman (AUS) +5500
Kai Otton (AUS) +5500
Jordy Smith (ZAF) +5500
Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) +8000
Kieren Perrow (AUS) +8000
Damien Hobgood (USA) +8000
Dean Morrison (AUS) +8000
Josh Kerr (AUS) +8000
Chris Ward (USA) +12500
Tim Reyes (USA) +12500
Tom Whitaker (AUS) +12500
Dayyan Neve (AUS) +12500
Taylor Knox (USA) +12500
Ben Dunn (AUS) +12500
Mikael Picon (FRA) +20000
Heitor Alves (BRA) +20000
Roy Powers (HAW) +20000
Michel Bourez (PYF) +20000
Gabe Kling (USA) +20000
Field (Any Other) +4000

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