Italo Ferreira Wins In Portugal; World Title to Be Decided at Pipe
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Italo Ferreira celebrates a much-deserved victory. Photo: WSL/Poullenot
Italo Ferreira has won the MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal after putting on an aerial display in the final against Joan Duru. His win puts him in the number four spot in the race for the World Title.
âItâs the best feeling ever,â Ferreira said after his win. âIn my first year here I made the final here and now Iâve won it. Thank you, Portugal. This place and this is crowd is amazing. Iâm living my dream right now.â
On his way to the final, Ferreira managed to take down world number one Gabriel Medina in the dying minutes of the first heat of the semis. That heat win ensured that Medina would not win the world title in Portugal, instead forcing a showdown at Pipeline.
Although Medina didnât win the MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal, he still managed to increase his lead in the rankings, and if his heat against Matt Wilkinson is anything to judge by, he is a very good bet to take the title.Advertisement
âItalo deserved that win,â Medina said in the post-heat interview. âIt was always going to be an airshow and whoever did the best air was going to win. Iâm happy with my performance here and all through Europe. Iâll go home now and focus on Hawaii. Iâm excited and Iâm in a great position.â
Duruâs second-place finish was a bit of a surprise to many. Heading into Portugal, he seemed to be on track to lose his spot on the CT next year. Making it to the finals, however, netted him 8,000 much-needed points and propelled him from the 33rd spot to the 23rdâ"just one spot below the cutoff to stay off the QS.
âI was in a bad position on the rankings, so I decided just to have fun,â said Duru. âIâve made some heats so itâs 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, Iâve given myself a chance, Iâm so happy.â
Now, all eyes will be on Pipeline. There are three surfers in the hunt: Gabriel Medina, Filipe Toledo, and Julian Wilson, but as weâve history has shown, anything can happen at Pipeline.Source: Google News Portugal | Netizen 24 Portugal