Mick Fanning: putting the pressure on Gabriel Medina | Photo: ASP/Cestari

The Portuguese event at Supertubos changed the look of the 2014 ASP World Tour title race. Gabriel Medina and Mick Fanning are eyeing glory at Pipeline, but Kelly Slater is still playing the winners' game.

Once again, it's all down to Pipe. Fanning and Medina have both won three events during the season, but the Brazilian is traveling to the Oahu's North Shore in the first place with 56,550 points, against the Australian's 53,100 points. Kelly has 50,050 points.

The Billabong Pipe Masters 2014 will be surfed between December 8th-20th, in Hawaii, and we all know the math by now. Let's take a look at the numbers:

1. If Medina finishes 2nd or better at the Billabong Pipeline Masters, he will clinch the 2014 ASP World title;
2. If Medina finishes 3rd at the Billabong Pipeline Masters, Fanning will need to win the event and Slater will be out of contention;
3. If Medina finishes 5th at the Billabong Pipeline Masters, Fanning will need to win the event and Slater will be out of contention;
4. If Medina finishes 9th at the Billabong Pipeline Masters, Fanning will need to finish 2nd or better, and Slater will be out of contention;
5. If Medina finishes 13th or 25th at the Billabong Pipeline Masters, Fanning will need to finish 3rd to win or 5th to send the title race into a one-heat "surf-off" between himself and Medina;
6. If Medina finishes 13th or 25th at the Billabong Pipeline Masters, Slater will need to win the event;

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