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