South Western Times
PRO GETS THE FULL BRAZILIAN
TOP SOUTH AMERICAN SURFERS TAKE OUT MARGARET RIVER TITLES
International surfers Tatiana Weston-Webb and Filipe Toledo completed a Brazilian blitz as the Margaret River Pro came to an end on Tuesday.
Weston-Webb, who has catapulted to second place in the World Surfing League rankings, nailed the highest score of the heat with a 7.15 for a combined 12.27.
She went on to beat Australian legend Stephanie Gilmore in Tuesday’s final.
The 25-year-old dedicated her win to Australian hopeful Bronte Macaulay, who had put aside the heartbreak of losing her younger brother Jack on the weekend to contest her semifinal at the event.
Jack, a noted surfer himself, died suddenly, leaving the popular WA surfing family devastated.
Aiming to make her maiden WSL final, Macaulay, ranked world No.11, posted an opening 6.00 to the cheers of a big hometown crowd.
But despite her best efforts in the 2m conditions, Macaulay was only able to add a 3.00 as Brazilian Tatiana Weston-Webb outsurfed her en route to the final.
Filipe Toledo then completed the Brazilian double, sweeping past South African Jordy Smith in the men’s final.
Toledo delivered under pressure with a power-packed display to roll past veteran Smith.
The 26-year-old jumped from eighth to third in the world rankings on the back of the title win, bumping down two-time world champion John John Florence, who withdrew mid-contest with a knee injury.
It marked the second time a Brazilian man and woman had taken out both divisions in WSL World Tour history.
Toledo eliminated world No.2 Italo Ferreira in the quarterfinals
early in the day and then defeated another South African, Matthew McGillivray, in the final four.
In the decider, Toledo’s throwaway 8.33 was higher than anything Smith could muster. He posted the best score of the day with a 9.00 and then backed it up with an 8.40 for a combined tally
of 17.40, easily topping Smith’s 14.23.
Weston-Webb then leapt into the water to celebrate with her compatriot.
An emotional Toledo said he had won the trophy for his two young children, Mahina and Koa, who remained at their Californian home.
“This one is for little Koa, happy birthday son, I love you,” Toledo said. “I promised little Koa and Mahina that I would bring the trophy back home and promise done.”
Ryan Callinan, Australia’s last male hope, was beaten by Smith in a quarterfinal. The next event starts at Rottnest on May 16.