Gabriel, Mick. Mick, Gabriel. Gabriel, Kelly, Parko? Nah, definitely not Parko. The hype machine has been churning out fact and fuss about the 2014 ASP Men’s World Title race for some time. Now all eyes are fixated on Pipe, fixated on that crown. But did you know that there’s a whole ‘nother thing to become infatuated with? A whole ‘nother spectacle? It’s wearing a bikini and it’s starting in 9 days on Maui.
After a year of cliquey dominance on tour (no woman outside the top 4 has won an event in 2014), three are left in contention for the 2014 ASP Women’s World Title. Stephanie Gilmore is the frontrunner; Sally Fitzgibbons and Tyler Wright trot within striking distance. Steph’s already got 5 titles -- she’s a real glutton -- while Sally and Tyler are fishing for their firsts. Sally’s got a more realistic shot at her maiden crown while Tyler is essentially (holding on to what she’s got doesn’t make a difference if she makes it or not she’s got each other and that’s a lot for love she’ll give it a shot) living on a prayer. But Jovi or otherwise, the ball is in Stephanie’s court. Fate is hers to toil with.
That could be bad news for her foes. Like, awful news. Stephanie’s got one of the best turns in the game (see photo above) and those Honolua Bay walls do love the rail. But stranger things have happened -- remember when Alana Blanchard beat Jordy Smith*? So our eyes will be glued, and your eyes too. Here’s a full breakdown of the 2014 Women’s World Title Race Scenarios heading into the Target Maui Pro.
-Only Fitzgibbons and Gilmore can win the World Title without a surf-off.
-If Gilmore makes the Final, she will win the World Title.
-If Fitzgibbons wins the event and Gilmore finishes in third place they will be tied.
-If Fitzgibbons wins the event and Gilmore finishes in fifth place, Fitzgibbons wins the World Title.
-If Wright wins the event and Gilmore finishes fifth or below then they will be tied.
-In the event of a tie there will be a surf-off for the World Title, per ASP rules.
*This never actually happened, but it made the read faintly more interesting. --Brendan Buckley