- World Surf League: MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal Round 3 & 4, Filipe Toledo Exits World Title Race
- MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal ran Round 3 and Round 4 at Peniche in Portugal on October 18, 2018.
After Round 2, 2018 World Title race is narrowed down to Gabriel Medina (BRA), Julian Wilson (AUS) and Filipe Toledo (BRA).
Current ranking No. 2 Filipe Toledo (BRA) came back from elimination Round 2, but he was defeated by Joan Duru (FRA) in Heat 7 of Round 3.
This result marks 2018 World Tile door was closed for Filipe Toledo.
While, Gabriel Medina took down Ryan Callinan (AUS) in Heat 6 and Julian Wilson beat Ian Gouveia (BRA) in Heat 12, respectively.
Also, Gabriel Medina advanced to Quarterfinal after winning in Heat 2 of Round 4.
Gabriel Medina can take the Title here in Portugal, but only if he wins and Julian Wilson fails to make the Semifinals.
Also, Brazilian soccer star Neymar Jr. cheered Gabriel Medina at Peniche.
Gabriel Medina said:
"It's good to have Neymar here, he's a good friend. We are fighting for the same thing; to be the best in our sport and to represent Brazil. The weeks training, the days surfing in the cold, it can be boring, but now all that dedication is paying off and it feels amazing."
Julian Wilson said:
"I'm excited to see these waves. It hasn't delivered the last two days, but now it's shining. This is what we came here for. I feel in synch and I'll just concentrate on dealing with the ocean. Everything else should look after itself."
MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal Round 3 Results:
Heat 1: Italo Ferreira (BRA) 13.66 def. Jesse Mendes (BRA) 13.30
Heat 2: Ezekiel Lau (HAW) 13.04 def. Kolohe Andino (USA) 13.04 *highest single wave countback
Heat 3: Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 12.83 def. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 12.77
Heat 4: Frederico Morais (PRT) 11.33 def. Conner Coffin (USA) 10.40
Heat 5: Michel Bourez (PYF) 12.33 def. Michael Rodrigues (BRA) 11.14
Heat 6: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 13.60 def. Ryan Callinan (AUS) 7.33 *interference
Heat 7: Joan Duru (FRA) 12.50 def. Filipe Toledo (BRA) 12.10
Heat 8: Kanoa Igarashi (JPN) 13.60 def. Jeremy Flores (FRA) 9.77
Heat 9: Wade Carmichael (AUS) 10.17 def. Tomas Hermes (BRA) 5.30
Heat 10: Owen Wright (AUS) 15.27 def. Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 6.97
Heat 11: Adrian Buchan (AUS) 9.66 def. Willian Cardoso (BRA) 7.03
Heat 12: Julian Wilson (AUS) 13.90 def. Ian Gouveia (BRA) 7.17
MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal Round 4 Results:
Heat 1: Italo Ferreira (BRA) 14.60, Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 13.30, Zeke Lau (HAW) 6.00
Heat 2: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 11.67, Michel Bourez (PYF) 7.84, Fredrico Morais (PRT) 3.63
Heat 3: Joan Duru (FRA) 11.50, Kanoa Igarashi (JPN) 9.10, Wade Carmichael (AUS) 7.93
Heat 4: Owen Wright (AUS) 12.16, Julian Wilson (AUS) 12.10, Adrian Buchan (AUS) 11.13
- source : World Surf League