Only John John Florence can win the 2017 world title in Portugal
- 23 October 2017 | Surfing
The 2017 world surfing champion could be decided in the waves of Supertubos, in Peniche, Portugal.
The title race has narrowed down to only four World Surf League (WSL) title contenders after Round 3 of the 2017 MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal: John John Florence, Jordy Smith, Gabriel Medina and Julian Wilson.
Five of the eight contenders bowed out, leaving Florence in an excellent position to reconquer the world title. Interestingly, the Hawaiian clinched his maiden world title last year in this same venue of Supertubos.
Of the four contenders, only Jordy Smith is already out of the competition. Defending event winner John John Florence is the only surfer that can clinch the 2017 world title in Portugal and can only become champion in the following scenarios:
1. If Florence wins the event, he clinches the title;
2. If Florence makes the final and Medina doesn't, Florence clinches the title;
3. If Medina wins in Peniche, the title decision will go to Hawaii;
4. If Florence finishes 3rd or below, the World Title decision will go to Hawaii;
First to compete when the event resumes will be giant killer Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA), perennial threat Sebastian Zietz (HAW) and world title contender Julian Wilson (AUS) in the opening heat of Round 4.
According to the surf forecasters, there will be a fresh run of head-overhead WNW swell moves in Tuesday and continues through mid-week, while good wind conditions prevail.
At this point, there are no swells of much significance lining up for the last days of the waiting period (27th-31st).
2017 MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal | Round 4 Match-Ups
Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA), Sebastian Zietz (HAW), Julian Wilson (AUS)
John John Florence (HAW), Kolohe Andino (USA), Connor O'Leary (AUS)
Josh Kerr (AUS), Frederico Morais (PRT), Kanoa Igarashi (USA)
Miguel Pupo (BRA), Mick Fanning (AUS), Gabriel Medina (BRA)