Gabriel Medina: he won his maiden WSL world title at Pipeline in 2014 | Photo: Cestari/WSL

Once again, the world surfing title will be decided in the last event of the season.

The 2018 World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour title will be discussed in the mother of all waves - Banzai Pipeline.

After failing to win the Rip Curl Pro Portugal, Gabriel Medina will be under pressure in Hawaiian waters.

Three surfers will battle it out for the most prestigious trophy in professional surfing - Medina, Julian Wilson, and Filipe Toledo.

Wilson and Toledo are currently tied in second place with 51,450 points; Medina has 56,190 points. The world title scenarios are as follows:

1. If Gabriel Medina finishes first or second at the Pipeline Masters, he claims the world title;
2. If Gabriel Medina places third at Pipe, Julian Wilson and Filipe Toledo will need a first to win the world title;
3. If Gabriel Medina finishes fifth or worse at the Pipe Masters, Wilson and Toledo will need to make the final to conquer the world title;

Interestingly, in 2014, Julian beat Gabriel in the Pipe Masters finals, but it was the Brazilian who raised the season's trophy, in a historic day for his country.

In fact, Gabriel Medina has never won the Pipeline Masters. He has two runner-up finishes, two fifth places, a ninth, and two 13th places.

The 2018 Billabong Pipeline Masters runs from December 8-20, at Banzai Pipeline, on the North Shore of Oahu, in Hawaii.

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