The Brazilian Italo Ferreira lived a day of strong emotions in the Teahupo’o (Tahiti) stage of the World Surfing League (WSL), as he was eliminated from the competition when he fell in the repechage, but, on the other hand, had his presence confirmed in the WSL Finals (special stage in which the world titles will be disputed among the top-5 of the ranking in September in California) thanks to the victory of another athlete from Brazil this Thursday (18).
The day of disputes started with the last five men’s heats of the first phase. But the most memorable moments of the stage came later. It started in the repechage, when the current world ranking leader Filipe Toledo lost from 15.76 points to 14.83 to the Australian Nathan Hedge and said goodbye to the Teahupo’o stage.
Who also said goodbye to Tahiti was the Olympic champion Italo Ferreira. The potiguar also stopped in the repechage, but against another athlete from Brazil, Jadson André, who triumphed by 17.00 to 16.60.
However, Italo left his sadness aside moments later, when the also Brazilian Yago Dora defeated the North American Griffin Colapinto by 14.94 to 14.63, already for the round of 16, and made the result that confirmed the presence of the potiguar in the WSL Finals.
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Even with the fall of the top 5 in the world Italo Ferreira and Filipe Toledo in Teahupo’o, Brazil remains alive in the Haiti stage. In the quarterfinals, Yago Dora will take on veteran Kelly Slater. In addition, Caio Ibelli will measure forces with the Australian Nathan Hedge. Finally, Miguel Pupo faces the Japanese Kanoa Igarashi.