In what I view as a clear result of the endless buzz and hype that’s been building in anticipation of the 2008 ASP World Tour as well as the sport of surfing in general, U.S. bookmaker BetUs has arrived to be the first and only U.S. bookmaker to field for both the 2008 WCT, World title Futures market and this weekend’s Quiksilver Pro on the Gold Coast. Following suit are the South Africans and it’s pretty easy to see why the bookmakers at Black Pearl are also throwing out their own odds for the 2008 WCT. A quick way of checking out the different odds and find the best betting partner comes in the form of Surfing-Odds.com. It was quite interesting to take a look at the odds listed by the various bookkeepers and see where they had everyone set as the Tour approaches.
To be honest, I’ve never really thought too much about betting on surfing. In fact, I’ve never really done any type of serious betting in general so this really made me curious. I lobbed a couple of inquiries in the direction of close friends that I knew who had done some betting to see what their thoughts on this were. They both replied that they had never really given it much thought and one replied that the lack of television coverage weakens his interest because it hampers his ability to watch his bet take place, and that is half the fun.
Is there a sizable group that regularly or occasionally puts bets down on surfing events? I’m really not sure, although I’m positive the bookmakers must think so. Now that bookmakers in the U.S. are fielding bets, will betting on surfing in increase in the States? Only time will tell.
Posted by Shaun on Tuesday, February 19th, 2008 in Surfing.