Gabriel Medina vs. Italo Ferreira face off at the Final of the Rip Curl Newcastle Cup presented by Corona.
The last time Italo Ferreira and Gabriel Medina met in a Championship Tour final, there was a World Championship and a Pipe Masters trophy on the line. Ferreira took the win on both counts, and today at Merewether beach he got another one over Medina, who had been in excellent form throughout the entire event.
Italo linked a series of carving back-hand turns and waited patiently on a barely-breaking wave in case it presented an opportunity on the inside bank. It did, and he added an air reverse for a 7.17 which put him into the lead. His signature move, a big backside full-rotation air, also banked him a 7.77 for a lead he held throughout most of the heat.
Medina locked in a 8.60 for three tight, big backside turns, one of them almost vertical, immediately after he’d ridden out of the previous hit, but it wasn’t enough to move past the energy of Italo.
"This guy’s a machine, he pushes me a lot. It’s going to be a good run, for sure, we have three more events in Australia," Ferreira said in his post-heat interview of the rivalry between the two Brazilians.
This final also put the two men on Brazil’s Olympic surf team up against one another, and while only one of them could win here today, it’s a shot across the bows for the other teams going for gold in Toyko.
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