The culmination of the 2015 Championship Tour season is approaching quickly and with that comes talk of World Titles.
The Roxy Pro France marks the second-to-last event of the season for the women and a race is most definitely underway. After struggling with an injury in 2014, Californian Courtney Conlogue (USA) has emerged as a tour de force heading into Hossegor in what is her closest shot ever at a World Title. If Conlogue wins the event in France and World No. 2 Carissa Moore (HAW) is eliminated by Round 4, Conlogue will clinch her first World Title. But it's by no means a sure bet: With two Titles to her name already, Moore knows how to perform under pressure better than anyone.
Not to be discounted are the inspired performances of Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) and Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), who still hold a slim chance at winning a Title in 2015. Buitendag would need to win both remaining events, while Fitzgibbons requires a victory and a second place by the end of the Target Maui Pro, the women's final event of the year.
Heading into Stop No. 9 of the men's Tour, the Quiksilver Pro France, Jeep Leader Mick Fanning (AUS) has a slim lead over World No. 2 Adriano de Souza (BRA), who remains in eager pursuit of his first Title. However, math shows that World No. 3 Filipe Toledo (BRA), who routinely drops excellent aerials at beachbreaks, and World No. 4 Owen Wright (AUS), who boasted two perfect heats in a single event, still have a shot to take the lead by the end of the French contest. While it may be too early to make any definitive calculation of the race, make no mistake, the pressure is on before the next event, set in Portugal, begins.