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Italo Ferreira Wins the 2018 MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal, World Title Race Heads to Hawaii
Italo Ferreira (BRA) has won the MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal, Stop No. 10 of 11 on the World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT), over Joan Duru (FRA) in a Final held in clean three-to-four foot (1 - 1.2 metre) surf at the iconic Supertubos beach break.
“In my first year I got a second here, so now I’ve got my first win here. Thank you Portugal and thank you everyone on the beach and my family and friends. I’m so excited. That was a crazy year for me, I got a couple wins and some bad results, but I’m just living my dream and this is the best feeling.”
“I just came here to have fun and make some heats so I’m really stoked to be here and it’s amazing. I really didn’t think about requalification and rankings, I just wanted to surf and that’s it. I’m stoked I had my family, my grandparents and my mom here with me, and thank’s to all my friends for the support.”
“He’s a good friend of mine and he deserved that one. I’m happy with my performance. I know I did my best and now my focus is on Pipe. We didn’t hassle each other, we knew it was going to be an air show. I come from two wins and two thirds so I’m happy with my performance and Pipe is a wave that I like so now I’ll focus on that.”
The Men's World Title Scenarios going into the last event of the season in Hawaii are as follows:
- If Gabriel Medina finishes 1st or 2nd at the Billabong Pipe Masters, he wins the World Title
- If Gabriel Medina finishes 3rd at the Billabong Pipe Masters, Julian Wilson & Filipe Toledo will need to finish 1st
- If Gabriel Medina finishes 5th-25th, Julian Wilson & Filipe Toledo will need a 2nd or 1st at Pipe.
The men will now head to Pipeline on the North Shore of Oahu, for the final event on the Championship Tour, where Gabriel Medina, Julian Wilson and Filipe Toledo will battle it out for the World Title in one of the heaviest waves in the world.Congratulations to 2018 Meo Rip Curl Pro Champion Italo Ferreira and Runner-Up Joan Duru!