Italo Ferreira Wins In Portugal; World Title to Be Decided at Pipe

By On October 20, 2018

Italo Ferreira Wins In Portugal; World Title to Be Decided at Pipe

The Inertia Distributor of Ideas Staff Italo Ferreira wins Portugal

Italo Ferreira celebrates a much-deserved victory. Photo: WSL/Poullenot

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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.

“It’s the best feeling ever,” Ferreira said after his win. “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.”

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 didn’t 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.

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“Italo deserved that win,” Medina said in the post-heat interview. “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.”

Duru’s 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.

“I was in a bad position on the rankings, so I decided just to have fun,” said Duru. “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.”

Now, all eyes will be on Pipeline. There are three surfers in the hunt: Gabriel Medina, Filipe Toledo, and Julian Wilson, but as we’ve history has shown, anything can happen at Pipeline.

Source: Google News Portugal | Netizen 24 Portugal

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