On the men's Tour, Mick Fanning (AUS) and Gabriel Medina (BRA) could end up deadlocked if Medina is eliminated in Rounds 2 or 3 and Fanning finishes in equal fifth. On the women's Tour, there are two ways the Title could come down to a tie-breaker: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) and Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) would tie if Fitzgibbons wins the event and Gilmore finishes in third; Gilmore and Tyler Wright (AUS) would tie if Wright wins the event and Gilmore finishes in fifth.
If there is a tie for the World Title at the Target Maui Pro, which kicks off November 22, or the Billabong Pipe Masters, which starts December 8, ASP Commissioner Kieren Perrow, women's commissioner Jessi Miley-Dyer and Tour Manager Renato Hickel have created the following protocol:
- The ideal scenario is to hold three heats, 30 minutes each, in a best-of-three surf-off. There would be 20-minute breaks between the heats for a total time of 2 hours and 10 minutes if all three heats are needed.
- In a situation where there is not enough time for a best-of format, there will be a single heat surf-off of minimum 35 minutes.
Medina (Heat Analyzer) vs. Fanning (Heat Analyzer)
- Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast Quarterfinals
Gilmore (Heat Analyzer) vs. Fitzgibbons (Heat Analyzer)
- Cascais Women's Pro Final
- Swatch Women's Pro Final
- Vans US Open of Surfing Semifinals
- Fiji Women's Pro Final
Gilmore vs. Wright (Heat Analyzer)
- Cascais Women's Pro Semifinals
- Vans US Open of Surfing Final
- Bells Beach Semifinals
The Target Maui Pro has an event window from November 22 to December 6. The Billabong Pipe Masters has an event window from December 8-20.