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  • World Surf League: Filipe Toledo and Stephanie Gilmore Claim World Title at the Rip Curl WSL Finals

  • The 11th stop on the World Surf League 2022 Championship Tour, Rip Curl WSL Finals took place at Lower Trestles in San Clemente, California on September 8, 2022.
    The top five men's and women's surfers from the World Surf League competed in four-to-six foot waves conditions.
    Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) and Filipe Toledo (BRA) won the Rip Curl WSL Finals and claimed the 2022 World Surf League World Title, respectively.
    For Stephanie Gilmore, this result marks her second victory of 2022 season and her eighth World title.
    She defeated World No. 2 Johanne Defay (FRA), No. 3 Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA) and No. 4 Brisa Hennessy (CRI), and advanced to Women's Title Match, where she competed against World No. 1 Carissa Moore (HAW).
    She took down Carissa Moore on both Heat 1 and Heat 2, and became the 2022 World Champion. It is her first World Title in four years since the 2018 World Champion.
    Stephanie Gilmore said, “There really are not many words that can describe this feeling right now and that's why I now really love this format. It puts the pressure on you, it puts you under the pump, can you do it, it's truly incredible.”
    She continued, “I'm really proud that I was able to make it past Brisa (Hennessy), Tatiana (Weston-Webb), Johanne (Defay), all of the most incredible female surfers in the world. And then to be able to make it all the way to the Final against Carissa, who in my mind, she's the real world champ this year. I was out there thinking, if this happens, this is freaking cool because I'm out here against Carissa – the greatest of all time in my opinion.”
  • While, Filipe Toledo competed against Italo Ferreira (BRA) in the Final. Italo Ferreira (BRA) defeated Kanoa Igarashi (JPN), Ethan Ewing (AUS) and Jack Robinson (AUS), and advanced to the Final.
    Filipe Toledo took down Italo Ferreira on the Heat 1 and Heat 2 with 15.13 points and 16.50 points, each.
    He finally claimed his maiden WSL World Title. Filipe Toledo was so strong this year, and took three wins, and 2nd place three times in 11 events.
    Filipe Toledo said, “It doesn't get much better than this. This is for Brazil, for my family, and for you all here. First of all I want to thank Jesus. What he did for all my life and the last week, and the entire year. I kept calm and collected with help from the guy up there. Last night we had a moment with Pastor John, Terry, my wife and whole family and two words that he gave to us were peace and power. That's what I had all day.”
    He added, “Whoever is chasing your dreams, it does pay off. It's hard, you get tired, there's a lot of ups and downs, and bad thoughts, but we did it. We did it.”

    Rip Curl WSL Finals Results:
    Women's Title Match, Heat 1:
    Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 15.00 def. Carissa Moore (HAW) 10.90
    Women's Title Match, Heat 2:
    Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 15.23 def. Carissa Moore (HAW) 11.97

    Women's Match 1:
    Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 14.76 def. Brisa Hennessy (CRI) 14.33
    Women's Match 2:
    Stephanie Gilmore (USA) 15.30 def. Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA) 14.87
    Women's Match 3:
    Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 16.83 def. Johanne Defay (FRA) 10.53

    Men's Title Match, Heat 1:
    Filipe Toledo (BRA 15.13 def. Italo Ferreira (BRA) 14.97
    Men's Title Match, Heat 2:
    Filipe Toledo (BRA) 16.50 def. Italo Ferreira (BRA) 14.93

    Men's Match 1:
    Italo Ferreira (BRA) 13.37 def. Kanoa Igarashi (JPN) 11.83
    Men's Match 2:
    Italo Ferreira (BRA) 13.10 def. Ethan Ewing (AUS) 11.83
    Men's Match 3:
    Italo Ferreira (BRA) 12.10 def. Jack Robinson (AUS) 4.30

    Photo by Pat Nolan/World Surf League
    Photo by Thiago Diz/World Surf League
  • source : World Surf League
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