Monday Nov 02, 2015

Six surfers chasing World Surf League title

Six surfers are in with a chance of clinching the World Surf League title with one event remaining after Filipe Toledo topped the podium in Portugal this weekend.

The Brazilian beat his rookie countryman Italo Ferreira in the final to move into second in the overall standings, just 200 points behind three-time winner Mick Fanning.

The Australian crashed out before the quarters along with Adriano de Souza, who dropped into third in the title race.

All three can still win the World Surf League crown, along with reigning champion Gabriel Medina, Owen Wright and Julian Wilson, with just the Billabong Pipe Masters left this season.

Victory in Portugal was Toledo’s third of the season, more than anyone else, and he has his sights set on stealing the top spot in Hawaii after a tough couple of weeks and a 25th place finish at the last contest.

“I have no words, I’m just so stoked,” said Toledo. “I had a crazy two weeks here, I hurt my back right when I got here after France.

“France was such a bummer for me, but it made me think about everything and put my mind in the right place and now the results are showing. I don’t have anything to lose and I just go for it."

2014 World Champion Medina finished fifth in Portugal to continue his return to form and keep himself in the hunt, while Wright and Wilson and on the fringes ahead of the trip to Pipeline.

All Fanning has to do in Hawaii is win the event and he will take the throne for a fourth time, but that will be easier said than done. See all the permutations below.

* If Mick Fanning finishes 25th/13th
Owen Wright & Julian Wilson will need a 1st;
Gabriel Medina will need a 3rd or better;
Adriano de Souza will need a 9th or better;
Filipe Toledo will need a 13th or better to clinch the World Title;

* If Fanning finishes 9th
Medina will need a 1st;
De Souza will need a 5th;
Toledo will need a 9th;

* If Fanning finishes 5th
Medina will need a 1st;
De Souza will need a 3rd;
Toledo will need a 5th;

* If Fanning finishes 3rd
De Souza will need a 2nd;
Toledo will need a 3rd;

* If Fanning finishes 2nd
De Souza will need a 1st;
Toledo will need a 1st;

If Mick wins the event he will clinch the World Title.

Toldeo wins in Portugal to move into second overall

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