So it all comes down to this, the last events of the men's and women's ASP World Title race have landed in Hawaii, and there's no shortage of storylines to explore.
With Kelly Slater and Gabriel Medina both out early at the Rip Curl Pro, Mick Fanning took full advantage, grabbing a win and moving the world title race to Pipeline.
The ASP World Title scenarios are here, and going into the Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal it's Medina's to lose, but Slater, Fanning, Parkinson and Florence still have a chance.
Proving that he is very much the man to beat on the ASP World Tour, John John Florence kept up his winning ways with a convincing victory at the Quiksilver Pro France.
The Quiksilver Pro France kicks off the Europe leg of the ASP World Tour, and with only a few events remaining the world title is Gabriel Medina's to lose.
At the halfway point of the ASP World Tour season, Gabriel Medina leads the pack going into Tahiti. But there's a whole crew hot on his heels, including 11-time world champ Kelly Slater.
Kelly Slater, Kolohe Andino and a crew of all-stars take to the Lower Trestles lineup as southern hemi swell pours through.
Igarashi, Fioravanti on the loose in France
Free surfers score on final day of Quik Pro France
Joel Parkinson, Julian Wilson and other world tour friends score on the down days during the Quiksilver Pro France.
Slater and Parkinson talk shop going into final day of Quik Pro
John Florence and Kolohe Andino talk shop in France