Jack Robinson wins in Indonesia, but Filipinho remains leader in the WSL

Australian Jack Robinson, 24, proved himself to be the executioner of Brazilian surfers in the G-Land stage, in Indonesia, the sixth of the World Surf League (WSL) season, which concluded this Saturday morning (4). Robinson won the title by defeating Gabriel Medina in the semi-final and Filipe Toledo in the final. Both victories came in turnarounds in the last wave of the heat. The Australian surfer, who also won the previous stage, in Margaret River, in his homeland, is now just 80 points away from Filipinho, leader of the season (32,240 against 32,160).Jack Robinson wins in Indonesia, but Filipinho remains leader in the WSLJack Robinson wins in Indonesia, but Filipinho remains leader in the WSL

The day of the finals started with the quarterfinals, with Gabriel Medina advancing over fellow countryman Jadson André, in a great performance that left his compatriot in combination – when the surfer needs two better waves than he already has to overcome the already won by the opponent. Medina scored 17.27 points against Jadson’s 11.66. Filipe Toledo also managed to progress to the semifinals by beating the American Griffin Colapinto by 12.60 to 8.84.

In the next phase, the surfer from Ubatuba (SP) already got two waves straight away and left the Australian Connor O’Leary in combination. At the end of the heat, the opponent even managed to improve his grades, but did not avoid the defeat by 12.00 to 10.47.

Gabriel Medina already had the victory in his hands – which would provide a Brazilian final – but he saw the triumph slip through his fingers. He got his best score on the last wave (a 7.00), but Robinson, who was more selective, scoring in just five waves, was even better, getting a 7.83 and beating the Brazilian by just over half a point (13.90 to 13.33).

In the end, similar script. In a duel of few maneuvers and a lot of study, Filipinho completed just five waves and Robinson, three. After starting at the back, Filipinho got the comeback with eight minutes to go. However, again in the last wave of the heat, Robinson, who needed a 6.67, managed a maneuver note 7 and beat the Brazilian by a small margin (13.50 to 13.16). This was the third stage trophy in Robinson’s career, who debuted on the circuit in 2021.

The next stage, in El Salvador, is scheduled to begin next Sunday (12).

Weston-Webb exits in semi, but moves up to 5th in the rankings

The day also ended in the women’s bracket. Brazilian Tatiana Weston-Webb, who had qualified directly for the quarterfinals almost a week earlier, went into the sea to face American Lakey Peterson. Tatiana won by 13.36 to 13.03 and advanced to the semis. There, she was defeated by Hawaiian Carissa Moore, leader of the ranking, by 13.83 to 7.50. In the final, Moore was runner-up after being beaten by Frenchwoman Johanne Defay by 14.00 to 13.33.

With the third place in Indonesia, Tatiana Weston-Webb jumped from tenth to fifth place in the season, just in the cut for the Finals that take place at the end of the year with only the five best surfers in the world.

The next stage will take place simultaneously with the men’s window in El Salvador.

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