There are 6 surfers in with a shot at claiming the 2015 World Title. Mick Fanning, current no. 1 sits at the top of the pile, followed by World No. 2 Filipe Toledo, World No. 3 Adriano de Souza, and No. 4, reigning World Champion Gabriel Medina. And although Julian Wilson and Owen Wright were eliminated early in Portugal, either could theoretically take the title in Hawaii if Mick bows out early.
If Mick wins at Pipe he takes the title.
So it's an even match between the Aussies and the Brazzo's for top spot, with 3 from each country in the mix. Although it's pretty much Mick vs Brazil for the title cos Owen & Julian are such outside chances.
And if Toledo beats Mick in the final to take the win - will he forever be remembered as the champ that was too chicken to take off at Chopes? Cos he infamoulsy wrote himself into pro surfing history by not catching a single wave in a heat at heaving Teahupoo earlier this year (and later coming up with a lame excuse about having a sore elbow).
Let's hope Pipe is as big and perfect as it gets, and sorts out the men from the boys.