Leonardo Fioravanti: he's on top of the QS rankings | Photo: Cestari/WSL

It's that time of the year when pro surfers pick a calculator and start dreaming of entering or continuing in World Surf League's Championship Tour (CT).

The Dream Tour is a restricted club, with only room for 34 prolific wave riders. It's difficult to say what's harder - getting in the elite or remaining a CT surfer.

The end of October marks an important phase in the qualifying process because all it's left for the Qualifying Series (QS) competitors are the Hawaiian stages - Hawaiian Pro, and Vans World Cup - and a couple of events in Brazil and Taiwan - Hang Loose Pro Contest and the Taiwan Open of Surfing.

The CT surfers will only have one last shot, and it's a big one. The Billabong Pipe Masters returns, with a newly crowned world champion - John John Florence - and many athletes desperate to collect precious points.

Relegation is inevitable. So, who's in danger? Knowing that only the top 22 ranked surfers on the Championship Tour will qualify for the next season in the WSL Top 34 and that a win in Pipeline is worth 10,000 points, here's how it looks:

1. John John Florence (HAW) 56,400
2. Gabriel Medina (BRA) 45,450
3. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 41,700
4. Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 38,250
5. Kolohe Andino (USA) 38,150
6. Julian Wilson (AUS) 35,600
7. Adriano de Souza (BRA) 34,100
8. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 32,200
9. Filipe Toledo (BRA) 31,900
9. Kelly Slater (USA) 31,900
11. Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 30,700
12. Adrian Buchan (AUS) 29,700
13. Michel Bourez (PYF) 29,200
14. Italo Ferreira (BRA) 27,500
15. Caio Ibelli (BRA) 26,950
16. Josh Kerr (AUS) 25,950
17. Mick Fanning (AUS) 25,200
18. Stuart Kennedy (AUS) 24,700
19. Conner Coffin (USA) 23,950
20. Wiggolly Dantas (BRA) 22,400
21. Miguel Pupo (BRA) 21,400
22. Nat Young (USA) 18,900
23. Keanu Asing (HAW) 18,750
24. Kanoa Igarashi (USA) 18,000
25. Jadson André (BRA) 17,500
26. Dusty Payne (HAW) 15,950
27. Matt Banting (AUS) 15,450
28. Davey Cathels (AUS) 15,200
29. Jack Freestone (AUS) 14,500
30. Alejo Muniz (BRA) 14,250
31. Adam Melling (AUS) 14,200
31. Kai Otton (AUS) 14,200
33. Jérémy Florès (FRA) 13,000
34. Alex Ribeiro (BRA) 10,450

Jeremy Flores: he will try to requalify for the 2017 CT via Qualifying Series | Photo: Sloane/WSL

On the other side of the barricade, there are roughly 60 surfers that, with a couple of good results in the last QS events of the season, can jump into the top 10 and earn a ticket to the 2017 Championship Tour.

1. Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA), 20,750
2. Connor O'Leary (AUS) 19,775
3. Joan Duru (FRA) 18,900
4. Ethan Ewing (AUS) 18,750
5. Ian Gouveia (BRA) 17,760
6. Bino Lopes (BRA) 17,550
7. Jeremy Flores (FRA) 17,150
8. Kanoa Igarashi (USA) 16,400
9. Ryan Callinan (AUS) 15,950
10. Jesse Mendes (BRA)) 14,860
11. Ezekiel Lau (HAW) 14,200
12. Evan Geiselman (USA) 13,800
13. Tomas Hermes (BRA) 12,950
14. Deivid Silva (BRA) 12,680
15. Jack Freestone (AUS) 12,100
16. Tanner Gudauskas (USA) 12,000
17. Maxime Huscenot (FRA) 10,390
18. Michael Rodrigues (BRA) 10,200
19. Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 10,080
20. Filipe Toledo (BRA) 10,000
21. Stuart Kennedy (AUS) 9,850
22. Dion Atkinson (AUS) 9,450
23. Soli Bailey (AUS) 9,240
24. Mitch Crews (AUS) 9,110
25. Ramzi Boukhiam (MAR) 9,050
26. Yago Dora (BRA) 8,840
27. Cooper Chapman (AUS) 8,750
28. Davey Cathels (AUS) 8,650
29. Santiago Muniz (ARG) 8,625
30. Krystian Kymerson (BRA) 8,510
31. Brett Simpson (USA) 8,355
32. Mitch Coleborn (AUS) 8,300
33. Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 8,100
33. Hizunome Bettero (BRA) 8,100
35. Matt Banting (AUS) 7,950
36. Beyrick De Vries (ZAF) 7,910
37. Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 7,550
38. Frederico Morais (PRT) 7,460
39. Billy Stairmand (NZL) 7,400
40. Nathan Yeomans (USA) 7,055
41. Michael February (ZAF) 7,050
42. Victor Bernardo (BRA) 6,850
43. Gony Zubizarreta (ESP) 6,750
44. Torrey Meister (HAW) 6,590
45. Carlos Munoz (CRI) 6,505
46. Adriano De Souza (BRA) 6,500
47. Joshua Moniz (HAW) 6,400
48. Mihimana Braye (PYF) 6,125
49. Marc Lacomare (FRA) 6,065
50. Tom Whitaker (AUS) 6,060
51. Dimitri Ouvre (BLM) 6,050
52. Heitor Alves (BRA) 6,000
53. Lucas Silveira (BRA) 5,895
54. Wade Carmichael (AUS) 5,700
55. Michel Bourez (PYF) 5,600
56. Charly Martin (GLP) 5,590
57. Aritz Aranburu (ESP) 5,440
58. Jadson Andre (BRA) 5,400
58. Willian Cardoso (BRA) 5,400
60. Keanu Asing (HAW) 5,350
60. Michael Dunphy (USA) 5,350

The cards are on the table, and all points are on the waves. The final events of the season are:

QS

HIC Pro Sunset Beach | 3,000 Points | Oct 27th - Nov 9th
Hang Loose Pro Contest | 6,000 Points | Nov 1st-6th
Hawaiian Pro | 10,000 Points | Nov 12th-23rd
Taiwan Open of Surfing | 1,500 Points | Nov 23rd-27th

CT

Billabong Pipe Masters | Dec 8th-20th

A beautiful chaos, the ultimate surfing wave, a freak of nature, the advanced surfer's testing ground, a specialty wave, the premier tube riding arena, and, ultimately, the Mecca of surfing.

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