San Clemente transplanted Brazilian Filipe Toledo wins Surf Ranch Pro – Orange County Register
Brazilian Filipe Toledo claimed the Surf Ranch Pro victory in the central California man-made wave pool on Sunday, beating a crop of the world’s best and putting San Clemente’s transplant in a strong position to advance to the championship final. scheduled for September at lower trestles.
Two Orange County surfers, Kanoa Igarashi of Huntington Beach and Griffin Colapinto of San Clemente, placed in the top five at the Lemoore event.
Toledo clinched their victory over fellow Brazilian Gabriel Medina in the final, where they have already met at recent Surf Ranch events. Toledo this time had the upper hand over his rival after posting a 9.67 (out of 10), with a second score of 8.27.
“This is my third final (championship round) at the Surf Ranch, and the last two times Gabriel has beaten me,” Toledo said in a World Surf League announcement. “It feels really good to get the win this time around. Gabriel has been on the show all year and is already in WSL Final 5 at Trestles, so winning against him means a lot to me.
Igarashi, two-time winner of the US Open of Surfing which will compete in the next Olympics for Japan, qualified for the semi-finals and tied for a fifth place, placing him three places in sixth place in the WSL ranking.
Colapinto achieved the fourth highest total score at the event. The valuable points earned by the Surf Ranch Pro put him in the top 5 of the standings in the new upcoming finals format during his home break on the cobbled San Onofre beach just south of San Clemente.
Colapinto will need to keep enough points in future WSL World Tour events to remain on the top 5 list for the rest of the season. World Surfing League competitions are now on hiatus until August, with the Olympics approaching the end of July.
On the women’s side, it was Johanne Defay, who will represent France at the next Olympic Games, who won. US Surf Olympian and four-time World Champion Carissa Moore took second place.
“Johanne was so ready to win,” Moore said in an announcement. “She really is the queen of the pool, always knowing what to do. She has great timing and it was really good to see her win today.
Based on his overall points so far this season, Moore remains No. 1 in the table and has already officially earned his place at the Rip Curl WSL Finals in September.
“It’s awesome,” Moore said. “It was a big goal for me at the start of the year to reach the Top 5, to make the Rip Curl WSL Finals, so I’m really excited about that. It’s great to know that I have qualified, but there is still a lot of work to be done if I want to be world champion.
The next stop for TC 2021 is the Corona Open Mexico, with a waiting period from August 10 to 20.