Brazil, France com­peti­tors claim Cham­pi­onship Tour ti­tles

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Classifieds - Therese Col­man

Brazil’s Wil­lian Car­doso and France’s Jo­hanne De­fay were crowned win­ners of the Uluwatu Cham­pi­onship Tour at the week­end.

Bali’s Bukit Penin­sula played host to the 2018 Mar­garet River Pro make-up event af­ter it was can­celled in April, half­way through the com­pe­ti­tion.

Car­doso, 2018 CT rookie, dom- inated his heats, tak­ing ad­van­tage of the 4-to-6-foot swell.

The fi­nal round was no dif­fer­ent as he came up against Aus­tralia’s World Ti­tle threat Ju­lian Wil­son.

In a neck-and-neck bat­tle for vic­tory, Car­doso came out on top with a com­bined score of 15.57 to Wil­son’s 14.43, win­ning the men’s event.

Al­though he did not finish on top, Wil­son’s ap­pear­ance in the fi­nals placed him back on top of the World Surf League 2018 CT leader- board. The women’s semi­fi­nal saw Aus­tralian pow­er­houses, six-time WSL cham­pion Stephanie Gil­more and reign­ing two-time WSL Cham­pion Tyler Wright bow out with equal third-place fin­ishes.

Brazil’s Ta­tiana We­ston-Web took on De­fay in the fi­nal heat of the com­pe­ti­tion. De­fay claimed vic­tory with an over­all score of 13.13 to We­ston-Webb’s 12.67.

The next stop on the CT is the Corona Open J-Bay in Jef­freys Bay, South Africa from July 2-13.

Pic­ture: World Surf League

Wil­lian Car­doso, Ju­lian Wil­son, Jo­hanne De­fay and Ta­tiana We­ston-Web.

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