Griffin Colpinto avoided what would have been a 100% Brazilian final in the World Surf League (WSL) match in El Salvador. In a very balanced and competitive heat, the American beat Gabriel Medina in the semi-finals in Punta Roca. On the other hand, Felipe Toledo also secured a place in the decision with an indisputable performance. The current world leader Italo Ferreira overtook the best wave of the tournament, 9.70, after a two-way combination.
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The first final required patience. After waiting 15 minutes for the series to enter, the battery had to be reset. Under very difficult conditions, Griffin Colapinto took the initiative and found the best position. In a sequence of five good maneuvers to attack the lip of the waves, Griffin added 8.50. Medina managed to get out of the combination after a 5.50 full-rotation antenna.
Griffin Colpinto scored 8.50 in the semifinals for the World Surfing Championships in El Salvador
Under pressure, Gabriel Medina managed to achieve a good maneuvering variation 10 minutes after the end of the heat. It was connected after a good air blow and after a float rated at 7.67. He needed a rating of 4.67, while Griffin turned around with a 4.80 wave. It took the judges a few minutes to release that final note, which came out when the heat was already over.
Gabriel Medina scored 7.67 in the semi-finals of the World Surfing Championships in El Salvador
Gabriel Medina still caught a good wave with 2 seconds left, but was unable to return from the air and change his 5.50 mark. Griffin’s victory came in at 13.30, beating the three-time world champion 13.17 before a few tenths. This was Medina’s first defeat in the last seven games against the United States.
Griffin Colpinto scores 4.80 and wins El Salvador semi-final for World Surfing Championship
After the drumming, Gabriel Medina posted the message “I already understand the message” on social media. Surfing specialists were also uncomfortable with the result and the overall assessment of the heat by the judges. Not only because of Griffin’s overestimation of the waves, but also because of his mastery of Gabriel’s 7.67 rating.
Despite qualifying, the three-time world champion still has a chance to qualify for the finals of the season in Trestles in September, with the top five surfers in the standings. For that to happen, Gabriel must continue to accumulate good results in the final three stages of Saquarema, Jeffreys Bay and Teahupo’o, if possible, making at least one semi-final in these events.
Gabriel has to do against time because he didn’t get a point due to personal issues when he was away in the first phase of the season. Emotionally recovered, he received an invitation from the WSL to participate in the second phase with only 24 surfers from each stage. On his return ceremony, he had already reached the finals at G-Land, Indonesia, where he was knocked out by Australian Jack Robinson.
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Owning a terrific season, Filipino had another mature and accurate performance in the semi-finals to beat Italo Ferreira. With less than 10 minutes left in the heat, he managed to turn around and manage to keep the Olympic champion combined in the sea conditions presented in what seemed “impossible”. Felipe Toledo sent a full rotation with good altitude and then another plane to finish the wave. This undoubted combination was rated by the judges at 9.70, the highest score of the year so far.
Felipe Toledo scored 9.70 in the semi-finals of the World Surfing Championships in El Salvador
Filip scored 17.10 (9.70 + 7.40) for 13.20 (6.77 + 6.43) for Italo Ferreira. With this result, Toledo remains the leader in the world rankings and will wear the yellow lycra again in the next phase, which will be at home. The Brazilian stage, Saquareman, has a window next Thursday, June 23rd. At the last elite surfing tournament in Maracanã, Filipinho was the champion in 2019.
“I’m glad there’s one more final against Griffin.” It was hard to get past Italy, he was also very good at surfing. In the end, I was able to find that good wave, and I’m very happy, “said Philip.
In the women’s semifinals, Lakey Peterson easily overtook Johanne Defay. The American scored 12.70 (6.50 + 6.20) points against the Frenchman’s 9.67 (5.50 + 4.17). Peterson will face Australian Stephanie Gilmore in the decision of Punta Roca, who was overtaken by Caroline Marks. The seven-time world champion beat his opponent for a total of 14.50 (7.50 + 7.00) points, 9.84 (6.17 + 3.67) against Marks.