Gabriel Medina: chasing a second world surfing title | Photo: Poullenot/WSL

There are only three surfers in the world title race, as the Dream Tour lands in Portuguese waters.

The 2018 World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT) will be decided in Supertubos, Portugal, or at the last event of the professional surfing season in Pipeline, Hawaii.

The new world champion will be one of the following three surfers: Gabriel Medina, Filipe Toledo or Julian Wilson.

One thing is certain: only Medina can conquer the world title in Peniche. But he has to win the event and still depends on his opponents' results.

The 2018 WSL men's world title race scenario goes as follows:

1. If Gabriel Medina wins the MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal, Filipe Toledo finishes below 9th, and Julian Wilson ends below 3rd place, Medina will clinch the 2018 WSL world title;

2. If Gabriel Medina finishes 2nd or worse in Peniche, the world title decision will go to Pipeline;

Medina, Toledo, and Wilson are separated by 4,645 points.

2018 World Surf League | Championship Tour Rankings

1. Gabriel Medina (BRA) 51,770
2. Filipe Toledo (BRA) 51,450
3. Julian Wilson (AUS) 47,125

Portugal is known worldwide for its beautiful beaches, food, historical monuments, nice weather, and friendly people. But the westernmost European country is also a popular wave riding destination.

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