Following a remarkable year for the ASP Women's World Championship Tour (WCT), the Title can go to any of three surfers in the closest race in the history of the women's WCT. The three women -- all Australian -- include World No. 1 Stephanie Gilmore, the race is down to No. 2 Sally Fitzgibbons and No. 3 Tyler Wright. Their fight for the Title is unfolding at the Target Maui Women's Pro, the final women's event of the season.
The scenarios that could now unfold there are as follows:
Only Fitzgibbons can win the World Title without a surf-off.
If Fitzgibbons wins 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 also are tied.
In the event of a tie there will be a surf-off for the World Title, per ASP rules.
All three original Title contenders have had exceptional seasons, featuring an unprecedented level of talent throughout the Top 17, the ASP's addition of three events to the WCT schedule, and close calls that have made nail-biters of many battles in the water.
For Gilmore, who has won five World Titles, 2014 got off to a great start with her win at the Roxy Pro Gold Coast. After her victory on home turf, though, she didn't see another one for months and slipped back in the rankings while Carissa Moore (HAW) and Fitzgibbons gained ground.
Things turned around in September: Gilmore won the inaugural Swatch Women's Pro Trestles, dominating in the Final against Fitzgibbons. She won again in October at the Cascais Women's Pro and edged out Fitzgibbons again, this time by a mere fraction of a point. The longtime rivalry between the two reached a boiling point that will likely play out at Honoloa.
Wright, meanwhile, has had big successes too, starting with a win at July's Vans US Open of Surfing and again in October at the Roxy Women's Pro. Those victories, followed by a third-place finish in Portugal, bumped her up and put her in the three-way, Aussie battle.
With close points and a determination to win, anything could happen at Honolua. Catch all the action LIVE daily, from Nov. 22-Dec. 6.