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Italo Ferreira was dancing a small jig, feet, hips and conduct nodding to a noisy, jangly percussion kick of a Balinese Gamelan drums. He’d only won a Corona Bali Protected and taken a Jeep Leader’s Jersey. He’d finished it with a brew of energy formed backhand surfing and purify on-going airs. Perhaps many importantly, he’d finished it with a outrageous smile. For a final 6 days a Brazilian has been dancing to a opposite stroke than all of his opponents. He was faster, crisper, happier, spinnier.
And on Final’s Day he was also only better.
His last-day act was a consummate to an implausible week where he’d been building on any performance. His feverishness totals, in order, went 10.10, 11.84, 14.30, 16.20, 17.00, 17.13 and 18.87. If a comp had kept going he would have somehow found a approach to moment a 20 indicate sound barrier.
“Italo has been staying nearby me and I’ve been examination him roller in front of a hotel 4 or 5 times a day, any day,” pronounced Michel Bourez before their Final. “He’s been amazing. I’m going to need make a disproportion with my strength and my smarts.”
That multiple had seen a Tahitian press Mikey Wright (now rated 12th in a world!) in their wave-starved Semi, though Italo’s wave-catching uncover was unfit to negate with strategy. In his Semifinal he’d picked adult a unanimous 10 opposite Jordy Smith but priority and it was a same opposite Bourez. Priority became irrelevant when any call unexpected crackled with outrageous intensity any time a Brazilian swung.
Smith, to his credit, stayed loyal to his devise and came within half a indicate of winning their Semi. His week had been a masterclass in good preference making, a bit of aged fashioned quarrel and clean, powerful, mistake-free surfing. While a judges aren’t rewarding that form of surfing as most as final year, a altogether package was so clever it took something truly special from Italo to stop him. He’ll be happy with a lapse to form and a burst 10 places in a ratings, nonetheless he’s positively gutted that his early exit in Margaret River means he can’t build on his certainty during Ulus. J-Bay can’t come discerning adequate for a large Saffa.
In a Women’s, Lakey Peterson had been mirroring Ferreira’s dominance, nonetheless with some-more steel and reduction samba. The new judging criteria has matched her character of surfing, and Keramas was a ideal height for her razor rail work. The early detriment of Steph Gilmore also clearly galvanized her focus, that was already steel plated. Although Tyler Wright done it really parsimonious in a end, Peterson’s second win of a year means she regained a Jeep Leader Jersey. Lakey and Gilmore have now non-stop adult a estimable ratings lead and it looks like a quarrel for a World Title will be a two-horse race.
The Men’s however is most some-more firmly contested with only 5000 points between Ferreira in initial and Medina in fifth. With John John clearly out of a race, Smith’s delayed start, Kelly rehabbing his feet in 15-foot Fiji and Fanning retired, there is now a fresh, indeterminate feel to a chase.
However, after Bells and now this week, there is no reason because Italo shouldn’t be deliberate a favorite. He has no apparent flaws in his surfing and can play to his strengths during any plcae on tour.
“I feel amazing, it was a good week. we have woken adult before a object has come adult any singular day and thanked God,” he pronounced after a Final, still dancing to a drumbeat of victory. However, when asked about a World Title, he was discerning to close a speak down. “Too early, we need some-more wins, too easy.” At Keramas he did make all demeanour too easy. And if he keeps dancing like this, some-more wins are inevitable.
Women’s Final Result:
1 – Lakey Peterson (USA) 14.33
2 – Tyler Wright (AUS) 13.74
Men’s Final Result:
1 – Italo Ferreira (BRA) 18.87
2 – Michel Bourez (PYF) 9.83
Men’s Semifinal Results:
SF 1: Michel Bourez (PYF) 14.27 def. Mikey Wright (AUS) 5.67
SF 2: Italo Ferreira (BRA) 17.13 def. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 16.93
2018 WSL Women’s CT Jeep Leaderboard (After Corona Bali Protected):
1 – Lakey Peterson (USA) 35,630 pts
2 – Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 34,235 pts
3 – Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA) 26,105 pts
4 – Tyler Wright (AUS) 23,460 pts
5 – Carissa Moore (HAW) 22,065 pts
2018 WSL Men’s CT Jeep Leaderboard (After Corona Bali Protected):
1 – Italo Ferreira (BRA) 24,995 pts
2 – Filipe Toledo (BRA) 22,820 pts
3 – Julian Wilson (AUS) 21,080 pts
4 – Michel Bourez (PYF) 19,375 pts
5 – Gabriel Medina (BRA) 17,860 pts