When it comes to making or breaking careers, no event has the same gut-wrenching impact of the Vans World Cup at Sunset Beach, the final stop of Qualifying Series (QS). After a year of grinding and groveling around the world for precious QS points, it all comes down to Sunset's shifty peaks. While several QS slots have already been locked up, more than 45 surfers are vying for the slots still in play.
Heading into Sunset, Portugal's Frederico Morais is the sitting at No. 10 on the QS with 16,010 points. As the last guy in the cut, he's got a target on his back. But No. 9 Ryan Callinan, No. 8 Bino Lopes and No. 7 Ian Gouveia are far from safe if they lose early. The following list illustrates the minimum result each surfer needs at Sunset to stay in contention, should Morais falter.
The interesting wrinkle here is some CT surfers who've already qualified through the Championship Tour could make the QS Top 10 and Double Qualify (DQ), which means the next QS surfer on the list would get in.
Needs a 25th place finish or better
Need a 17th place finish or better
Evan Geiselman, Jesse Mendes
Need a 13th place finish or better
Ezekiel Lau, Tomas Hermes, Deivid Silva, Jack Freestone, Davey Cathels
Need a 9th place finish or better
Tanner Gudauskas, Marc Lacomare, Brett Simpson.
Needs a 7th place finish or better
John John Florence (Double Qualify).
Need a 4th place finish or better
Griffin Colapinto, Mitch Crews, Soli Bailey, Michael Rodrigues, Filipe Toledo (DQ).
Need a 3rd place finish or better
Cooper Chapman, Maxime Huscenot
Need a 2nd place finish or better
Pat Gudauskas, Stu Kennedy (DQ), Victor Bernardo, Dion Atkinson, Gony Zubizarreta, Mitch Coleborn, Seabass (DQ), Yago Dora, Adriano de Souza (DQ) Krystian Kymerson, Matt Wilkinson (DQ).
Need to win
Keanu Asing, Ramzi Boukhiam, Matt Banting, Santiago Muniz, Hizunome Bettero, Beyrick De Vries, Ace Buchan (DQ), Mihimana Braye, Billy Stairmand, Torrey Meister, Nate Yeomans, Michael February, Jordy Smith (DQ), Kelly Slater (DQ), Miguel Pupo, Nathan Hedge.