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The Wall Street Journal: City Falls. The Filipino defeats Italo and goes to the final in El Salvador with a wave of 9.70 | browse

Griffin Colpento avoided what could have been a 100% Brazilian final in El Salvador’s second leg of the WSL. In a balanced and contested heat, the Americans overcame Gabriel Medina In the semi-finals of Punta Roca. on the other side, Philip Toledo He also secured a place in the decision with an unquestionable performance. Overtake the current leader of the world ranking Italo Ferreira With the championship’s best wave, 9.70, after a combination of two antennas.

Filipe Toledo wsl el salvador – Photo: Thiago Diz / World Surf League)

The first semi-final required patience. After 15 minutes of waiting for the string to be inserted, the battery should be reset. Under very difficult conditions, Griffin Colapinto took the lead and found the best position. In a series of five good maneuvers attacking the edge of the wave, Griffin added 8.50. Medina managed to pull off the combo after a full air spin rated at 5.50.

Griffin Colpento scores 8.50 in the semi-finals of the World Surfing Championships in El Salvador.

Gabriel Medina scored 7.67 in the semi-finals of the World Surfing Championships in El Salvador

Gabriel Medina scored 7.67 in the semi-finals of the World Surfing Championships in El Salvador

Gabriel Medina With two seconds left, it still loomed large, but couldn’t get back off the antenna and change the Note 5.50. Griffin’s victory with a total of 13.30, a few tenths ahead of the three-time world champion, who summed up 13.17. This was Madinah’s first defeat to the American in seven matches that had already been played between them.

Griffin Colpento has a 4.80 and won the semi-finals in El Salvador at the World Surfing Championships.

Griffin Colpento has a 4.80 and won the semi-finals in El Salvador at the World Surfing Championships.

after battery, Gabriel Medina He posted on social media the message “I got the message”. Surf professionals were also uneasy with the result and the overall rating of the heat by the judges. Not just because Griffin’s waves are overrated, but because Gabriel’s rating of 7.67 has been subdued.

Even with the elimination, the three-time world champion still has chances to qualify for the season finals to be held in September, at Trestles, with the top five surfers in the standings. For that to happen, Gabriel needs to continue to accumulate good results in the final three stages at Saquarema, Jeffreys Bay and Teahupo’o – preferably at least the semi-finals in these events.

Gabriel needs to race against time as he did not score points in the first stage of the season when he was away due to personal issues. He recovered emotionally, and received an invitation from WSL to participate in the second stage, which has only 24 surfers per stage. In his return event, in J-Land, Indonesia, he already reached the semi-finals, where he was eliminated by Australian Jack Robinson.

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The owner of an incredible season, Filipinho had another mature and meticulous performance to beat Italo Ferreira in the semi-finals. With less than 10 minutes remaining in the heat, he managed to turn around and leave the Olympic champion in combination with what seemed “impossible” in the sea conditions presented. Philip Toledo Send to see a full turn at a good height and then another antenna to finish the wave. This unlikely combo was rated by the judges at 9.70, the highest score in the event to date.

Felipe Toledo scored 9.70 in the semi-finals of the World Surfing Championships in El Salvador

Felipe Toledo scored 9.70 in the semi-finals of the World Surfing Championships in El Salvador

Philip added 17.10 (9.70 + 7.40) compared to 13.20 (6.77 + 6.43) Italo Ferreira. With this result, Toledo remains the world leader and will wear yellow lycra again in the next stage, which will be exactly at home. The stage in Brazil, in Saquarima, has its start window scheduled for next Thursday, June 23. In the recent Elite Maracana Surfing Championships, Filipinho was the champion in 2019.

– I’m excited, another final against Griffin. Hard to pass by Italo, which was browsing very well. In the end, I managed to find that good wave and I am very happy – said Philip.

In the women’s semifinals, Lucky Peterson easily defeated Johan DeVay. The American scored 12.70 points (6.50 + 6.20) compared to 9.67 (5.50 + 4.17) for the French woman. Peterson will face Australian Stephanie Gilmore in a decision by Punta Roca, who defeated Caroline Marks. The seven-time world champion beat her opponent with a total of 14.50 (7.50 + 7.00) points, compared to 9.84 (6.17 + 3.67) for Marks.

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