Women’s World Title on the Line
The ASP Women's World title is on the line this week at Honolua Bay, Maui, Hawaii with three Aussie contenders Stephanie Gilmore, Sally Fitzgibbons and Tyler Wright.
And it's the first time since 2009 that the Women's World title has been decided at Maui, Hawaii.
Steph Gilmore is eyeing her 6th World Professional title but must make the Final at the Target Maui Pro to claim the World Title.
Adding in her favour is that the last time the Women's World Title was decided at Honolua Bay, Steph won three consecutive titles there from 2007 to 2009.
However like the men's if the women namely Steph and Sally are tied, it will come down to a surf-off for the title.
This has only happened once before in ASP history when Caio Ibelli (BRA) and Garrett Parkes (AUS) had a single sudden-death heat to decide the World Junior title at Burleigh Heads in 2011. The Brazilian clipped the Aussie for the match and title.
The women's scenario is as follows;
If Fitzgibbons wins and Gilmore finishes in 3rd place they will be tied.
But if Fitzgibbons wins the event and Gilmore finishes in 5th place, Fitzgibbons wins the World Title.
If Tyler Wright wins the event and Gilmore finishes 5th or below then Steph and Sally also are tied.
Only Fitzgibbons and Gilmore can win the World Title without a surf-off.
The ideal match-off decider is to hold three heats, 30 minutes each, in a best-of-three surf-off.
There would be 20-minute breaks between the heats for a total time of 2 hours and 10 minutes if all three heats are needed.
In a situation where there is not enough time for a best-of format, there will be a single heat surf-off of minimum 35 minutes.
No doubt some anxious moments for Steph's Family, friends and supporters who will be glued to the action for the final countdown.
And the swell forecast is favourable for excellent surf at Honolua Bay on the 1st of December.
The Target Maui Women's is on from November 22nd to 6th of December then the action will switch over to the men's world title at Banzai Pipeline for Billabong Pipeline Masters December 5th to 20th with the three contenders Brazils Gabriel, Medina, Cooly's Mick Fanning and USA's Kelly Slater where it is possible that there's a possible match-off for the Men's World title between Medina and Fanning in Gabriel loses early and Mick finishes in 5th!!