Brazil returned to the top of the world surfing circuit. In yet another Brazilian feud, Italo Ferreira defeated Gabriel Medina in the final at Mayweather Beach, in Newcastle, Australia, winning the second leg of the season and gaining an edge in the world rankings.
Italo defeated Medina by 13.27 against 13.97 in their two best waves to retain the stage title. Potigur now ranks second in the rankings with 16,085 points and surpasses Sao Paulo with 15,600 points.
“I have trained a lot for this. Now that we have more programs in Australia in sequence, we have to rest to overcome for the next stages. I am very happy and I thank all of them on this occasion today Happy in Brazil in the morning. For me “, Italo observed.
The event in Newcastle was marked by a good performance by the Brazilian surfer. Divid Silva and Adriano de Souza, Minorinho, stopped in the quarter-finals, and Philippe Toledo went on to the semi-finals, where he was eliminated by Italo. In 2015, World Champion, Minerinho will say goodbye to the circuit at the end of the season.
The winner of the first leg of the season, in the pipeline, in December last year, Hawaii John John Florence did not do well this time and was eliminated early in the event. He came third in the rankings with 11,330 points.
An electrification had begun in the Brazilian finals. Medina came in ahead of 3.50 and Italo responded by adding 2.83. Then, Potigur caught a wave that earned him a 6.33, but Paulista did not leave for a low and resumed the lead while getting 8.60, the best note of the battery.
Italo changed in sequence with a wave of 7.17 and minutes later changed the note, 7.77. Surfer do Norte from Rio Grande lost his preference for five minutes at the end when entering a wave that broke, but Medina also ruined his priority two minutes before the end of the summer and gave the result for Italo. Opened the way to catch and take the title.
The measure did not win the podium, but made it the most impressive aerial of the week, which deserved an incredible round in the air, earning him a 9.70 in the semi-finals against local surfer Morgan Sibilic.
In the women, Hawaii Carissa Moore was the stage winner, beating Australian Isabella Nicholls 15.73 to 8.34 in the final, and gaining the lead of the Women’s World Circuit, previously from local Talent Wright.
The next leg will be played in Narrabeen, also in Australia. The window is scheduled to begin next Thursday, Friday morning in the local time zone.