World Surf League: MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal, Italo Ferreira Wins, Title Goes to Hawaii
- MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal witnessed Italo Ferreira (BRA) claimed his third victory of the 2018 season at Peniche in Portugal on October 20, 2018.
The Final, Semifinal and Quarterfinal took place in 4 to 5 foot (1.5 metre) waves on the final day.
Italo Ferreira and Joan Duru (FRA) competed in the Final. This marks the first time Joan Duru has advanced to the Final in his career.
Joan Duru defeated Julian Wilson (AUS) with 11.57 points in Heat 3 of Quarterfinal, and Italo Ferreira took dawn current No. 1 of Jeep Leaderboard Gabriel Medina (BRA) with 16.47 points in Heat 1 of Semifinal. At the point, the World Title will be decided during Billabong Pipe Masters at Banzai Pipeline in Hawaii.
Italo Ferreira earned 16.10, 16.47 and 15.93 with aerial surfing in The Final. While Joan Duru answered by backside surfing with 7.00 and 3.77, but it was not enough to win.
This result marks World Title door opens for Filipe Toledo (BRA) again, who sits at No. 2 on Champion ranking.
If Gabriel Medina finishes 1st or 2nd at Pipeline, he will take his second World Title. But if Julian Wilson or Filipe Toledo wins and Gabriel Medina finishes third place, Julian Wilson or Filipe Toledo takes their first World Title.
if Julian Wilson or Filipe Toledo advances to the Final and Gabriel Medina finishes less than 5th place, either Julian Wilson or Filipe Toledo takes their first World Title.
Winner Italo Ferreira said:
"It's the best feeling ever. In my first year here I made the Final here and now I've won it. Thank you Portugal. This place and this is crowd is amazing. I'm living my dream right now."
Runner-up Joan Duru said:
"I was in a bad position on the rankings, so I decided just to have fun. I've made some heats so it's working. I just stuck to my plan. It was an intense situation for Julian, but I just had to focus on myself. A Final here is huge, I've given myself a chance, I'm so happy."
Gabriel Medina said:
"Italo deserved that win. It was always going to be an airshow and whoever did the best air was going to win. I'm happy with my performance here and all through Europe. I'll go home now and focus on Hawaii. I'm excited and I'm in a great position."
Julian Wilson said:
"It's been a great event and Europe has been good for me, but opportunities were extremely limited in that heat. It was so soft, but we have to adapt and I tried my best. However it's still a hard one to swallow. I'll process today and it's going to hurt, but I'll learn from it. And with Gabriel's loss I'm still in the hunt at Pipe."
MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal Final Results:
F 1: Italo Ferreira (BRA) 15.93 def. Joan Duru (FRA) 10.77
MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal Semifinal Results:
SF 1: Italo Ferreira (BRA) 16.47 def. Gabriel Medina (BRA) 14.73
SF 2: Joan Duru (FRA) 13.60 def. Owen Wright (AUS) 12.00
MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal Quarterfinal Results:
QF 1: Italo Ferreira (BRA) 16.10 def. Michel Bourez (PYF) 5.20
QF 2: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 10.43 def. Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 11.03
QF 3: Joan Duru (FRA) 11.57 def. Julian Wilson (AUS) 5.10
QF 4: Owen Wright (AUS) 11.17 def. Kanoa Igarash (JPN) 4.60
- source : World Surf League