|The Men’s World Title Scenarios going into the last event of the season, the Billabong Pipe Masters in Hawaii, are as follows:
– If Gabriel Medina finishes 1st or 2nd at the Billabong Pipe Masters, he wins the World Title;
– If Gabriel Medina finishes 3rd at the Billabong Pipe Masters, Julian Wilson and Filipe Toledo will need to finish 1st;
– If Gabriel Medina finishes 5th-25th, Julian Wilson and Filipe Toledo will need a 2nd or 1st at Pipe.
Medina, 2014 WSL Champion, comes into the final event of the 2018 season ranked first on the Jeep Leaderboard. Medina has a 4,740-point lead over his only two challengers, Wilson and Toledo, leaving him little room for error if Wilson and Toledo find their rhythm at Pipe.
“Pipe is one of my favorite events of the year,” said Medina. “It’s a tricky wave, you can get incredible waves but it’s hard to surf, very powerful and that’s why it’s so exciting to surf, you never know what it’s going to be.”
The Brazilian superstar has never won the Billabong Pipe Masters but has come in second two times in his career, falling short to Wilson in 2014 and Adriano de Souza (BRA) in 2015.
“Everyone is hard to beat, so every heat I’ll just try to do my job and not think of the other guys,” continued Medina. “Filipe and Julian started the year better than me, but I managed to get a couple of good results mid-year and it’s great to be in the race with them now. They’re the gnarliest guys at the moment and it’s exciting to surf against them for the Title. I’ve been inspired by them and we always push each other to be better.”