Brazil and USA Locked in Battle for Team Gold

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Final day of competition to determine individual and Team Gold Medalists at 2019 ISA World Surfing Games presented by Vans

Portugal’s Frederico Morais earns provisional continental Olympic qualification for Tokyo 2020

Japan’s Shun Murakami and Indonesia’s Rio Waida in chase for Asian Olympic qualification slot

Team Brazil and USA remain locked in a race for the Team Gold Medal as the 2019 ISA World Surfing Games presented by Vans heads into the final day of competition on Sunday in Miyazaki, Japan.

Team Brazil’s Men remain fully intact as they look to retain their position atop the team leaderboard heading into the final day. Photo: ISA / Pablo Jimenez

Team Brazil’s Men remain fully intact as they look to retain their position atop the team leaderboard heading into the final day. Photo: ISA / Pablo Jimenez

Brazil currently holds the advantage over USA with all men remaining in the event, whereas USA stands a man down, having lost Connor Coffin to the elimination Repechage Rounds.

The Main Event Final will be a decisive moment in the chase for Team Gold, as Brazil’s Italo Ferreira and Gabriel Medina will face off against USA’s Kelly Slater and Kolohe Andino.

“The Brazilian team is so hungry,” said Ferreira. “My motivation to compete here is purely based on representing my country. I am having a great time and will do my best to get a medal.

“The energy here has been amazing from all the teams and the Japanese fans on the beach. My first experience at the ISA World Surfing Games has been super fun.” 

View results and team rankings here

Brazil’s Filipe Toledo remained alive in the Repechage Rounds, putting on an incredible performance to secure his team’s current position atop the leaderboard. Toledo’s 16.96 heat total was the highest of the day.

Filipe Toledo (BRA) scored the highest heat total of the day with a combination of aerial maneuvers. Photo: ISA / Sean Evans

Filipe Toledo (BRA) scored the highest heat total of the day with a combination of aerial maneuvers. Photo: ISA / Sean Evans

USA’s Slater caused the crowd of thousands to erupt in cheers by flying out of a deep barrel for which he was awarded 8.33 points and the second highest heat total of 15.66.

The defending Gold Medalist Team Japan currently sits in the Bronze Medal position, with New Zealand filling out the podium in the Copper Medal position. 

Saturday’s competition featured a large increase in surf from previous days, but an approaching typhoon also brought strong wind that mixed up the conditions at Kisakihama Beach. In the jumbled, heavy surf, wave selection was crucial to find the waves with high scoring potential. 

Kolohe Andino (USA) has joined teammate Kelly Slater in the Main Event Final, looking to surpass Team Brazil for the Gold Medal on Sunday. Photo: ISA / Sean Evans

Kolohe Andino (USA) has joined teammate Kelly Slater in the Main Event Final, looking to surpass Team Brazil for the Gold Medal on Sunday. Photo: ISA / Sean Evans

Aside from the race for medals, the male surfers are also chasing Olympic qualification.

With the eliminations of Germany’s Leon Glatzer, Italy’s Angelo Bonomelli, and Spain’s Vicente Romero, Portugal’s Frederico Morais is the last European standing in the event, therefore capturing provisional qualification for Tokyo 2020. 

New Zealand’s Billy Stairmand and Morocco’s Ramzi Boukhiam earned provisional qualification slots for Oceania and Africa respectively on Friday. 

The chase for the Asian continental slot will come to down to Japan’s Shun Murakami and Indonesia’s Rio Waida, who will face off in Repechage Round 10 on Sunday. 

“I am so happy to make it to the final day,” said Waida. “I can’t believe I am still making heats. 

“It would be amazing to get the Tokyo 2020 qualification slot. I think surfing in the Olympics will be the biggest thing for Surfing. 

“If I can win a Gold Medal tomorrow everyone in Indonesia will be crying with excitement. They are already so proud of me now.” 

Ferocious wind and intermittent rain squalls didn’t stop the Japanese fans from coming down to Kisakihama Beach to see their favorite surfers compete. Photo: ISA / Sean Evans

Ferocious wind and intermittent rain squalls didn’t stop the Japanese fans from coming down to Kisakihama Beach to see their favorite surfers compete. Photo: ISA / Sean Evans

ISA President Fernando Aguerre said: 

“An amazing nine days of competition are coming to a close here in Miyazaki, and it has surely been a competition for the history books. 

“Tomorrow the world’s best surfers representing their nations will determine the next Team World Champion, a true taste of the Olympic spirit and competition that is to come next year in Tokyo.”

The 2019 ISA World Surfing Games presented by Vans is broadcast Sept 7-15 on www.isasurf.org

Within the country of Japan, the broadcast is exclusively available on Abema TV.

The schedule of the final day of competition is as follows: 

  • 2 heats Repechage Round 10
  • 1 heat Main Event Round 7
  • 1 heat Repechage Round 11
  • 1 heat Repechage Round 12
  • Grand Final
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