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Tuesday, 21 October 2014 00:00

THE ‘IFS’ OF THE WORLD TITLE MATH

Medina, Slater and Fanning will battle it out at Pipeline.

 

 

Portugal always adds some drama to the WCT. Everybody was waiting for a brazilian party in Peniche, but it will be in Hawaii that the world champion will bem crowned. And Pipeline is just the perfect place for that.

 

Both Medina and Kelly were eliminated in an early stage at Peniche, and left the door open for the current world champion to get closer. And Mick Fanning did, by winning the event, and reaching number 2 on the WCT ranking. Now Pipeline - where Kelly Slater won seven times - will be the arena. John John Florence, lost all his hopes by not reaching the final, but will have an important word at his backyard…

 

So here are the ‘Ifs’: 

 

If Medina finishes 2nd or better at the Billabong Pipeline Masters, he will clinch the 2014 ASP World Title.

If Medina finishes 3rd at the Billabong Pipeline Masters, Fanning will need to win the event and Slater will be out of contention.

If Medina finishes 5th at the Billabong Pipeline Masters, Fanning will need to win the event and Slater will be out of contention.

If Medina finishes 9th at the Billabong Pipeline Masters, Fanning will need to finish 2nd or better and Slater will be out of contention.

If Medina finishes 13th or 25th at the Billabong Pipeline Masters, Fanning will need to finish 3rd to win or 5th to send the title race into a one-heat “surf-off” between himself and Medina.

If Medina finishes 13th or 25th at the Billabong Pipeline Masters, Slater will need to win the event.

Note: The 2014 ASP World Championship Tour rankings are based on a surfer's best nine results out of 11 events.


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