Watch WSL Live: How to Stream Surf Finals, Trestles surf predictions as Steph Gilmore, Ethan Ewing and Jack Robinson chase titles

Stephanie Gilmore is on the hunt for her eighth world title when the World Surf League Finals kick off in California this week – and the GOAT could be joined by another Australian as 2022 champion.

Ethan Ewing and Jack Robinson battle it out on the men’s side for the draw for the one-day competition at Lower Trestles.

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The Winner Takes All competition will take place on the best day of the waves between September 8th and 16th local time.

For the second consecutive year, the Finals event will feature a unique Winner Moves On concept, pitting four surfers against defending champions Carissa Moore and Felipe Toledo in a title match.

How to watch and stream the WSL Finals live

The WSL Finals will be streamed live and free of charge 7plus and will be available to make up on request.

Matches begin at 12:30 am AEST on the day WSL officials determine the surf is good enough for competition.

Visit the 7plus surf hub for all the latest WSL action, including mini and full replays of the Tahiti Pro.

Lower Trestle’s Surf Prediction

Friday and Saturday are possible running days as nearby Hurricane Kay is affecting surf quality.

Bigger waves appear more likely on Saturday.

WSL Finale format

Ranking in brackets, Aussies in bold

women’s draw

Game 1: Brisa Hennessy (4) v Stephen Gilmore (5)

Game 2: Tatiana Weston-Webb (3) vs. Game 1 winner

Game 3: Johanne Defay (2) against winner of Game 2

Title Match, Best of Three: Carissa Moore (1) vs. Match 3 Winner

Men’s draw

Game 1: Italo Ferreira (4) vs. Kanoa Igarashi (5)

Game 2: Ethan Ewing (3) against Match 1 winner

Game 3: Jack Robinson (2) against Match 2 winner

Title Match, Best of Three: Filipe Toledo (1) vs. Match 3 Winner

WSL Finale format Recognition: How the WSL finals will work./WSL

Aussie in the mix

Stephanie Gilmore says she has no intention of ending her glittering career if she pulls off a notable win in California.

The 34-year-old competes as the fifth-place surfer and needs to win three matches to join Carissa Moore in a title shot.

But winning an eighth title to break her block with Australian legend Layne Beachley is the motivation she needs.

“The only reason I’m on the tour is to win an eighth world title, I’d love to do that and that’s really where my heart is,” Gilmore told AAP.

“Someone like Serena (Williams, tennis superstar) is a big inspiration because she’s like, ‘I’m just going to dominate and maybe now I want to have a kid and maybe I’ll go on tour again.’

“When you feel healthy and fit and your mind is strong, there’s really no reason why you can’t be prevented from achieving what you want, but you need to adjust the way you approach things.

“You pay more attention to recovery than training – as your body ages you can’t be so cocky, you have to be a little more calculated.”

Stephanie Gilmore is aiming for her eighth world title. Recognition: AAP

The dramatic rise of Ethan Ewing from a low 15th place last season to title contender has had many upsets.

However, stardom on the surfing stage is in his genes, as Ewing’s late mother, Helen, won at Bells Beach in 1983.

He was just six years old when she died and she remains in his thoughts as he advances to the final.

“She’s been a huge inspiration to me with what she’s been doing in her surfing career,” Ewing told AAP.

“I remember going to the beach with her and surfing. Those are definitely good memories.

“There were a few clips (of her in the competition) that I got to watch. Not many, but I’ve seen a few over the years.

“I also take inspiration from my father and my brothers. You all helped me a lot on my way.”

Ethan Ewing is in the mix for a surprise world title. Recognition: AAP

Jack Robinson is Australia’s best shot at a men’s title breakthrough, nine years after Mick Fanning’s last triumph.

Brazilians have won five of the last seven titles, with Hawaiian John John Florence breaking their dominance in 2016-17.

Australia’s success-hungry stocks could also take a hit in the near term as Olympic gold medalist Owen Wright considers retiring with Julian Wilson after missing the mid-season cut.

“I think Australia was hoping for someone new,” Robinson told AAP.

“It’s been so long; even before I toured I was like, ‘I want to be the next Australian to try’, so I’m stoked.

“Brazilians have had their time so it’s a good time for Australian surfing with a bunch of young guys coming through.

“I know there will be many moments like this, but this is the first, so probably the most exciting.

“Your dream as a kid was to grow up with guys like Mick Fanning and all the best guys, so it’s incredible.”

Jack Robinson hopes to end Australia’s World Cup drought next month. Recognition: AAP Watch WSL Live: How to Stream Surf Finals, Trestles surf predictions as Steph Gilmore, Ethan Ewing and Jack Robinson chase titles

James Brien

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