The only Brazilian in the Peniche (Portugal) stage, the third on the world surfing circuit, Tatiana Weston-Webb from Rio Grande do Sul advanced to the quarterfinals this Monday (13). In the men’s dispute, Gabriel Medina from São Paulo qualified for the round of 16, as did five other Brazilians (Caio Ibelli, João Chianca, Samuel Pupo, Ítalo Ferreira and Yago Dora) on Sunday (12).
Current champion of the Peniche stage, Weston-Webb passed the stage after winning the heat against the Portuguese Tatiana Bonvalot. The gaucho started the match on the traditional Superturbos beach, scoring the highest score (5.67), but then the Portuguese woman took the lead on the scoreboard by managing to total 9.60 (5.10 + 4.50) in two waves. The turn in favor of the Brazilian occurred in the final 10 minutes of the heat, when she obtained a score of 5.40 and added to the end 11.07 against 9.60 of the opponent.
“The conditions are really very difficult, but the girls were ready to compete”, said the Brazilian in a statement to the World Surf League (WSL), the World Surf League. battery. Honestly, I didn’t surf as I would have liked. I just looked for some opening waves, to fit in some maneuvers and I think it worked. I want to take the opportunity to wish good luck to Bia Haddad, who is also competing this week”.
In the quarterfinals, Tati Weston-Webb will face the Australian Molly Picklum, current leader of the season, starting at 3:50 am (Brasília time) on Tuesday (14).
Gabriel Medina returned the aerial! pic.twitter.com/PUNRklW4am
— WSL Brasil 🇧🇷 (@WSLBrasil) March 13, 2023
Medina shines with sequence of aerials
The three-time world champion abused aerial maneuvers to beat the Hawaiian Seth Moniz, ensuring his presence in the round of 16. The São Paulo native from São Sebastião, on the north coast of São Paulo, dominated practically the entire heat with scores of 6.43 and 6.33, against 5.67 and 3.83 obtained by his opponent.
Medina will face the American Griffin Colapinto in the round of 16, who defeated today (13) the Australian Jackson Baker by totaling 14.43 against 13.17.