With John John Florence and Caroline Marks eliminated from the Corona Bali Protected, their coveted spots atop the Jeep Leaderboard are at risk. Here are the scenarios for who could capitalize on the leaders' early exits and earn themselves the Jeep Leader Yellow Jersey.
All Toledo has to do is make the Final and the yellow jersey will be his. Toledo currently is poised to accomplish this, his aerial antics seem tailor-made for Keramas and he posted the highest heat totals in both the Seeding Round and Round of 16. Toledo will face 11x World Champion Kelly Slater in the Quarterfinals in a highly anticipated face off of the old guard versus the new school.
Andino will have a little more work cut out for him than Toledo if he's going to take the rankings lead. Andino will have to win the event, a feat that has eluded the Tour veteran since qualifying in 2012. With his runner-up finish on the Gold Coast this year, Andino seems to be channeling his lack of wins into vigorous and smart surfing so far. Andino will face Jeremy Flores in the Quarters.
The battle for the top spot on the Jeep Leaderboard is a little more complex on the Women's side of the Tour. Caroline Marks has left the door open for three women to steal the yellow jersey from her and one to possibly share it with after being eliminated in the Round of 16.
Courtney Conlogue will tie Marks for the top spot on the Leaderboard with a third place finish in the event. If Conlogue makes the Final, she'll overtake Marks. Conlogue has drawn 7x World Champion, Stephanie Gilmore, in the Quarters. If Gilmore wins the event, she'll rise to the top of the Jeep Leaderboard.
Sally Fitzgibbons has the opportunity to tie Marks if she wins the event. Fitzgibbons will face an in form Silvana Lima, who recently returned to competition after healing from an injury. Lima eliminated Marks earlier in the event during the Round of 16.
It's still early in the 2019 title race but for those surfers with a shot at the yellow jersey, the sprint through the final rounds of the Corona Bali Protected is equally intense as the long run. So let the drama unfold ... one round at a time.