Filipe Toledo (BRA) took home the Oi Rio Pro win in front of a capacity crowd at Barrinha in Saquarema after defeating 2018 CT Rookie Wade Carmichael (AUS) in the Final.
Stop No. 4 on the World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT), the Oi Rio Pro, witnessed thousands of fans cheering on Toledo as he earned his second CT win in Brazil and the sixth of his career. Toledo now rockets from 9th place to 2nd on the Jeep Leaderboard, putting him well in the World Title conversation at the tour’s halfway point.
Toledo celebrated his win surrounded by family, friends, and fans. Following the Final, he expressed that his win today was particularly emotional because of the Brazilian support on the beach, but also because he recently welcomed his newborn son, Koa, into the world just two days before the start of the competition window.
For the women, Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) won the Oi Rio Women’s Pro, Stop No. 4 on the World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT), after a massive day of competition in four-to-five foot (1.2 – 1.5 metre) surf at Itaúna Beach in Saquarema.
Six-time WSL Champion Gilmore battled through four rounds, taking down Lakey Peterson (USA) in the Final, Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) in the Semifinals, Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) in the Quarterfinals, and Caroline Marks (USA) in Round 3. Not only does Gilmore’s win mark her 28th CT victory but also her first CT win in Brazil.
“That was a really crucial Final because Lakey (Peterson) has had a win and I’ve had a win,” said Gilmore. “I just want it. I want it really bad and that is what it takes. It feels good. I just love competing. It is such a good challenge to be out there and to have this stage to perform on is really special. I’ve been doing this for a while but it never gets old. This is just the beginning.”
Oi Rio Pro Final Result:
1 – Filipe Toledo (BRA) 17.10
2 – Wade Carmichael (AUS) 8.00
Oi Rio Pro Semifinal Results:
SF 1: Filipe Toledo (BRA) 16.37 def. Julian Wilson (AUS) 5.63
SF 2: Wade Carmichael (AUS) 13.17 def. Ezekiel Lau (HAW) 9.27
Oi Rio Men’s Pro Quarterfinal Results:
QF 1: Filipe Toledo (BRA) 13.84 def. Kolohe Andino (USA) 11.93
QF 2: Julian Wilson (AUS) 11.20 def. Michael Rodrigues (BRA) 9.83
QF 3: Wade Carmichael (AUS) 11.40 def. Gabriel Medina (BRA) 3.63
QF 4: Ezekiel Lau (HAW) 12.86 def. Yago Dora (BRA) 8.30
2018 WSL Men’s CT Jeep Leaderboard (After Oi Rio Pro):
1 – Julian Wilson (AUS) 19,415 pts
2 – Filipe Toledo (BRA) 18,075 pts
3 – Italo Ferreira (BRA) 14,995 pts
4 – Gabriel Medina (BRA) 14,160 pts
5 – Wade Carmichael (AUS) 13,585 pts
2018 WSL Women’s CT Jeep Leaderboard (After Oi Ri
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