The Women's World Title, As Well As Everything Else, All Comes Down To Maui

21 Nov 2018 0 Share

Photo: WSL/Poullenot

Photo: WSL/Poullenot

COASTALWATCH | WORLD TITLE COUNTDOWN

The final event of the 2018 Women’s Championship Tour, the Beachwaver Maui Pro, which goes down at the classic point break of Honolulua Bay, opens this Sunday (November 25, 2018, Hawaii time, running through to December 5). And this here is a gentle reminder that at said event, Steph Gilmore has the chance, actually, she holds the very likely possibility, of taking out a record equalling seventh World Title.

Steph, of course, has been in a tight battle with Californian Lakey Peterson for the 2018 crown for most of the season, but has slowly inched further away with slight better results than Peterson in each of the last four events, stacking up and into a near unassailable lead as we head into the season’s final year decider.

Here's the nitty gritty of how Steph can win the World Title, as according to the WSL:

- Gilmore will win the World Title with a 3rd or better at the Beachwaver Maui Pro.
- If Gilmore finishes 5th or worse, Peterson must win the event to force a surf-off* for the World Title
- *In the event of a tie for any World Title at the end of the Surfing Season, the tied Surfer will have a “surf-off” during the final Event, which will have the format determined by the Commissioner’s Office. 

The final event of the year is also the last chance for surfers on the requalification bubble to secure their spot in 2019.

Shockingly, perennial World Title contender Courtney Conlogue could find herself in deep trouble should she have a poor result in Maui while simultaneously a perfect storm cocktail of circumstances of the likes of Sage Erickson and Malia Manuel claiming good results and Nikki Van Dijk claiming a bad one.

Conlogue missed much of the season due to injury in 2018, but has, however, seen one more event in 2018 than defending back to back World Champ Tyler Wright, who has been out of action since contracting Influenza A in South Africa halfway through the year.

The WSL awards one WSL wildcard per year, and it’d be safe to assume that the spot would be Wright’s should the two-time champ be ready to come back and compete when Event no.1 rolls around next year.

Nonetheless, the idea that Conlogue, who has missed four events out of ten in 2018, yet still managaed to win two of them (as well as claim a handy 5th in another) could possibly not be on tour in 2019, is genuinely shocking, and has us wondering if we're looking at the QS and CT rankings all wrong.

But the most intesresting news around all this? Honolua Bay is a sick wave to watch, and it's looking like it’ll cop some decent swell for the event period.

Giddy up!

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