After a two-year wait, Brazil will once again host a stage of the World Tour. The new Corona virus epidemic has been dropped from the WSL (World Surfing League) calendar for the past two seasons. As has been the case since 2017, the competition will be held at Saquarema in the Lagos Region, with the main stage in Praia de Itaúna, a place known as “Maracanã do Surfe” because of its wave quality.
Filipe Toledo, Champion at Saquarema in 2019 – Photo: WSL
The first call comes this Thursday at 7am with Olympic champion Italo Ferreira in the first heat. In addition to real-time monitoring on ge, the Rio Pro will be broadcast live on sportv3, ge.globo.
– It’s great to be back in Brazil to compete, not only because of the good environment here but also because we are in our own country, we speak our own language and eat our own food. I fell in love with my food for breakfast today, I even ate caskos, I’m too heavy to compete, because I was too thin (laughs). It was still time to spend two days at home and recharge. My life has not been as good as it is now, but I have to enjoy my free time at home – said Italo, who is currently ranked fourth.
Rio Pro 2022 is the eighth stage of the World Tour. It is also the third to last event before the WSL Finals, a competition that brings together the top five surfers of the season who will determine this year’s World Champion. In addition to Italo, Brazil’s Filipe Toledo is in the top 5. Filipinos, by the way, are the ranking leaders and the winners of the last two editions of Rio Pro.
Gabriel Medina, Tatiana Weston-Webb, Italo Ferreira and Joao Chianka at the Rio Pro Press Conference – Photo: Flavio Delacio
– The crowd is very anxious to start the ceremony. It’s been two years since I came to Scarma. The beach will definitely be crowded, it will be one of the largest audience events of the year and I can guarantee it will be great – commented the Filipino, who on Wednesday Participated in a sponsor’s social event while collecting garbage from Itaúna. .
Entering the G5 requires a real “miracle” in the three stages before the WSL finals, Gabriel Medina is looking for the best result in Saquarema to survive this season. The three-time world champions do not feel pressured, despite the complicated situation due to absenteeism from the first five events of the year.
– I’m happy to compete again, I’ve won two semifinals and now all I want is to surf and enjoy my time in the water. I was out of rhythm and my strategy was to go into the water to do my best – Summary Gabriel.
Italo Ferreira wants to live in G5 – Photo: Matt Dunbar / World Surf League
Tatiana is feminine.
In women, the spotlight is on Tatiana Weston-Webb. The only Brazilian in the elite, Gaucha is ninth in the rankings and needs a good score to enter the G5. Tati debuted in Hate 2 against Hawaii Carissa Moore and Peruvian Civil Aguirre.
– The energy I feel when competing in Brazil is incredible and makes me feel strong. I’m ninth in the rankings, it’s not the best for me, but I know I have a good chance of reaching the top 5 and reaching the final. But I’m excited to surf Saquarema well, enjoy the water and get what I need – commented Weston Webb.
The Revue Pro window opens next Thursday, the 30th. Organizers expect the event to take place on Tuesday. In addition to Itaúna, WSL set up an alternative stage at the site called Barrinha. This is the 31st time that a phase of the World Surfing Circuit has been held in the state of Rio, which is the fourth consecutive phase in Saquarema.
Tatiana Weston Webb in action on Bells Beach – Photo: Kelly Sistari / WSL
1. Italo Ferreira (BRA) Matthew McGallery (AFS) Joao Chianka (BRA)
2. Griffin Colpinto (USA) x Jake Marshall (USA) x Michael Rodriguez (BRA)
3. Jack Robinson (AUS) X Samuel Popo (BRA) X. Mattis Hardy (BRA)
4. Filipe Toledo (BRA) x Net Young (USA) x Miguel Tudela (PER)
5. Conva Egarashi (JAP) X Colova Andreno (USA) X. Yago Dora (BRA)
6. Ethan Ewing (AUS) x Connor Olivier (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 Andre (BRA)
1. Bursa Hennessy (CRC) x Leakey Peterson (USA) x Gabriela Bryan (HAV)
2. Carissa Moore (HAV) X. Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA) x Sol Aguirre (PER)
3. Johanne Defay (FRA) x Courtney Colling (USA) x Caroline Marks (USA)
4. Stephanie Glamor (AUS) x Isabella Nicholas (AUS) x Sally FitzGibbons (AUS)