Brazil­ians re­alise Cal­i­for­nian dream at Tres­tles

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BRAZIL­IAN surfers Filipe Toledo and Sil­vana Lima won the Hur­ley Pro and Swatch Pro on the World Cham­pi­onships Tour at Tres­tles.

Toledo put on spec­tac­u­lar per­for­mances for the San Cle­mente crowd with his pow­er­ful turns and big airs through­out the event.

Toledo con­tin­ues to turn up the heat en route to the fifth CT vic­tory of his ca­reer.

Prior to tak­ing down Smith in the heated fi­nal match-up, Toledo knocked out 2016 WSL Cham­pion John John Florence in the semi-fi­nals and Kanoa Igarashi in the quar­ter-fi­nals.

“Fi­nally, this is a very spe­cial mo­ment right now,” Toledo said.

“I al­ways get stopped in the semis and beat­ing Jordy (Smith), the one who beat me last time, is an in­cred­i­ble feel­ing.

“I’m so thank­ful for all my friends to be here and thank God for all the waves he sent to me.

“This event is al­ways so en­ter­tain­ing to watch. I am so ex­cited to win with my friends and fam­ily all here.”

Toledo, who earned first place at the Corona Open J-Bay, is now the only male surfer to win two Cham­pi­onship Tour events this sea­son.

The Brazil­ian is now back in the world ti­tle con­ver­sa­tion, as his re­sult im­proves his rank­ing by two spots up to sev­enth on the Jeep Leader­board.

“The world ti­tle is def­i­nitely my main goal and it feels re­ally amaz­ing to be the only one to win two events of the year,” Toledo said.

“It’s been a crazy run for the world ti­tle and I think it’s go­ing to be one of the best once we get to­ward the last event and I’m go­ing to be there.

“Fam­ily means a lot to me and es­pe­cially now with a sec­ond baby com­ing, it feels amaz­ing to have them here and this is for them.”

Al­though Smith was not able to de­fend his event win, the run­ner-up re­sult will keep him in the Jeep Leader Jersey with 45,850 points on the leader­board.

The South African is 2,450 points above Florence and 8,650 points above Ju­lian Wil­son. Smith will now pre­pare to best last year’s 25th place fin­ish at the Quik­sil­ver Pro France.

“I would’ve liked to get a cou­ple more waves in that heat, but to­day wasn’t my day, un­for­tu­nately, and Filipe just surfed re­ally well,” Smith said.

“I went out there with a strat­egy and ex­e­cuted it pretty much as per­fectly as I could, but in surf­ing, there are some things you can’t con­trol and that’s Mother Na­ture.”

PHOTO: KEN­NETH MOR­RIS

TIME TO PARTY: Sil­vana Lima and Felipe Toledo, both of Brazil, are the 2017 Cham­pi­ons of the Hur­ley Pro at Tres­tles, Cal­i­for­nia, USA.

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