WSL: In “Maracanã do Surfe”, surfers start the 8th stage of the World Tour surfing

After two years of ready, Brazil will as soon as once more host a stage of the World Tour. Due to the pandemic of the new coronavirus unnoticed of the WSL (World Surfing League) calendar for the final two seasons, the nation will return to the Tour from this Thursday, when the Rio Pro begins. As has been the case since 2017, the competitors will happen in Saquareman, in the Lagos area, and with the predominant stage in Praia de Itauna, in a spot identified for its “Maracanã do Surfe” for the high quality of its waves.

Filipe Toledo, 2019 Saquareman Champion – Photo: WSL

The first call-up will happen this Thursday at 7 am with Olympic champion Italo Ferreira in the first spherical. Rio Pro might be streamed reside on sportv3,, along with real-time ge.

– Returning to Brazil to compete is nice, not solely as a result of of the good ambiance right here, but additionally as a result of we’re in our personal nation, talking our language and consuming meals. I fell in love with our meals at breakfast in the present day, I even ate a couscous, I used to be too heavy to compete as a result of I used to be too skinny (laughs). There was nonetheless time to recharge at house for 2 days. “I’ve by no means had a greater life than I do now, however I’ve to get pleasure from my free time at house,” stated Italo, who’s at the moment in 4th place in the standings.

Rio Pro is the eighth stage of the 2022 World Tour. It’s additionally the third-final occasion earlier than the WSL Finals, a contest that brings collectively the high 5 surfers of the season that can outline this 12 months’s world champion. In addition to Italy, Brazil has Filipe Toledo in the high 5. Filipinho, by the means, is the chief and winner of the standings of the final two editions of Rio Pro.

Gabriel Medina, Tatiana Weston-Webb, Italo Ferreira and João Chianca at the Rio Pro press convention – Photo: Flávio Dilascio

– The crowd could be very nervous about the start of the occasion. He has not been to Saquarema for 2 years. The seashore is certain to be crowded, will probably be one of the busiest occasions this 12 months and I can guarantee you that will probably be superior, ”stated Filipino, who took half in a social occasion of a sponsor this Wednesday night, accumulating rubbish from Itauna. .

In order to enter the G5, he wants an actual “miracle” in the three levels earlier than the WSL Final, Gabriel Medina is in search of an amazing consequence to remain alive in the Saquareman this season. Despite the sophisticated scenario that was not current in the first 5 occasions of the 12 months, the three-time world champion doesn’t really feel pressured.

– I’m glad I competed once more, I took two semi-finals and now all I need is to surf and luxuriate in the water. I used to be out of rhythm and my technique was to go to the water to do my greatest, ”Gabriel summed up.

Italo Ferreira desires to remain in the G5 – Photo: Matt Dunbar / World Surf League

Tatiana is a feminine attraction

For girls, the focus is on Tatiana Weston-Webb. The solely Brazilian elite, Gaúcha is in ninth place in the standings and should rating a very good purpose to enter the G5. Tati has made her sizzling debut in opposition to Hawaiian Carissa Moore and Peruvian Sol Aguirre.

– The vitality I really feel after I compete in Brazil is super and it makes me really feel stronger. I’m ninth in the standings, which isn’t the greatest for me, however I do know I’ve an amazing probability of entering into the high 5 and making it to the finals. But I’m motivated to sail nicely in Saquareman, have enjoyable in the water, and get what I would like, ”Weston-Webbe stated.

The Rio Pro window might be open till the thirtieth of this month, subsequent Thursday. Organizers anticipate the occasion to happen on Tuesday. In addition to Itaun, the WSL arrange an alternate situation in a spot referred to as Barrinha. This is the twelfth time that the World Surfing Circuit has been held in the state of Rio, the fourth in a row for Saquareman.

Tatiana Weston-Webb in motion at Bells Beach – Photo: Kelly Cestari / WSL

1. Italo Ferreira (BRA) x Matthew McGillivray (AFS) x Joao Chianca (BRA)
2. Griffin Colpinto (USA) x Jake Marshall (USA) x Michael Rodrigues (BRA)
3. Jack Robinson (AUS) x Samuel Pupo (BRA) x Matthew Herdy (BRA)
4. Filipe Toledo (BRA) x Nat Young (USA) x Miguel Tudela (PER)
5. Kanoa Igarashi (JAP) x Kolohe Andrino (AEB) x Yago Dora (BRA)
6. Ethan Ewing (AUS) x Connor O’Leary (AUS) x Gabriel Medina (BRA)
7. Callum Robson (AUS) x Jordy Smith (AFS) x Jackson Baker (AUS)
8. Miguel Pupo (BRA) x Caio Ibelli (BRA) x Jadson André (BRA)

1. Brisa Hennessy (CRC) x Lakey Peterson (AEB) x Gabriela Bryan (HAV)
2. Carissa Moore (HAV) x Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA) x Sol Aguirre (PER)
3. Johanne Defay (FRA) x Courtney Colongue (USA) x Caroline Marks (USA)
4. Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) x Isabella Nichols (AUS) x Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS)

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