His win puts him in the number four spot in the race for the World Title. “It’s the best feeling ever,” Ferreira said after his win. “In my first year here I made the final here and now I’ve won it. Thank you, Portugal.
Although Medina didn’t win the MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal, he still managed to increase his lead in the rankings, and if his heat against Matt Wilkinson is anything to judge by, he is a very good bet to take the title. “Italo deserved that win,” Medina said in the post-heat interview. “It was always going to be an airshow and whoever did the best air was going to win.
Making it to the finals, however, netted him 8,000 much-needed points and propelled him from the 33rd spot to the 23rd—just one spot below the cutoff to stay off the QS. “I was in a bad position on the rankings, so I decided just to have fun,” said Duru. “I’ve made some heats so it’s working. I just stuck to my plan.
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