Ice-cool Joel Parkinson is remaining relaxed as he tries to secure his maiden world surfing championship in California this week.
Parkinson goes into the penultimate round of this year's ASP tour in Santa Cruz with a 5500-point lead in the rankings and can snare the title by winning the event and hoping other results fall his way.
But while the 31-year-old Australian will be keen to wrap up the title, he's expecting his rivals to push him all the way.
Five competitors - Parkinson, surfing great Kelly Slater, Australian Mick Fanning, rising star John John Florence and Brazil's Adriano de Souza - are all mathematically in the title hunt.
And Parkinson expects at least three of his rivals to still be in contention going into the season finale at the iconic Pipeline break in Hawaii.
"For sure I'm going to go all out for the win," Parkinson told AAP on Monday.
"I haven't looked at the scenario but my theory is it's going to be a four-way at Pipe.
"It's a right-hand point-break (at Santa Cruz), similar to Bells, so Mick is going to be no slouch and Kelly is no slouch at that kind of wave.
"I couldn't imagine John is either, so all those guys are going to be pretty hard to beat."
While Parkinson isn't getting too carried away, he says such a relaxed philosophy has been the key to his successful year.
A three-time tour runner-up, Parkinson tops this year's rankings despite not picking up an event win.
But after posting top-three finishes in six of the eight world tour events this year, he feels he's closer to the title than he's ever been.
"It'd be pretty close to as well as I've been positioned," he said.
"Hopefully it can keep going and stay that way.
"I've been really enjoying every event so far ... What will be, will be.
"I can't control what those guys are going to do. I'm sure they're going to be ready to win and trying really hard."
The Santa Cruz event runs from November 1 to 11.