Who Needs What to Win
1. If John John makes the Final of the Billabong Pipe Masters he will clinch the 2017 World Title.
2. If Gabriel Medina wins at Pipe, he'll clinch only if Florence finishes no better than 3rd.
3. If Florence does no better than 9th, Medina can clinch with a 2nd place finish. Jordy Smith can clinch it with a win.
4. If Florence gets 13th or 25th, Medina needs 5th to clinch the Title, Smith a 2nd, and Julian a win.
This story gets even more interesting when looking at each contender's track record at Pipe. Behold, the breakdown.
Contenders History of Billabong Pipe Masters Results 2011 - 2016
John John Florence: 5th, 13th, 2nd, 5th, 9th, 5th
Gabriel Medina: 5th, 9th, 13th, 2nd, 2nd, 13th
Jordy Smith: 13th, 13th, INJ, 25th, 13th, 5th
Julian Wilson: 13th, 13th, 5th, 1st, 13th, 13th
As you can see, Wilson is the only contender with a win at Pipe. Florence, meanwhile, finished runner-up in 2013, which was his only trip past the Quarterfinals in six appearances. Medina had back-to-back runner-up finishes in 2014 and 2015. Smith, meanwhile, has never made it past the Quarterfinals.
Naturally, Pipeline will have its say in the matter. There's some heavy surf on the horizon as the event window approaches. Stay tuned for a possible start Friday, December 8.