The 2015 winner at Supertubos Filipe Toledo (BRA) showed exactly why he is a threat in all types of conditions in the Portuguese lineup, collecting two solid scores to advance past local wildcard Vasco Ribeiro (PRT) into the Round of 16 (Round 4). Toledo started early in his heat under the priority of the main heat and scored a long and clean barrel for a 6.93 and went on to shut down all talks of his back pain limiting his abilities when he launched into a massive backside rotator for a 7.67 and the win.
“It was fun out there, definitely better conditions than yesterday,” said Toledo. “I got blessed with that first wave and a little barrel with a closeout turn, I feel like those opening scores make a huge difference during the heat. It’s always tough to surf against a wildcard, I remember 2015 when Vasco (Ribeiro) took out Adriano (De Souza) and Kikas (Frederico Morais) got Mick (Fanning) in the next heat, and with the support of those crowds it’s even harder. So I was really focused on my heat and trying to get the job done. ”
Current Jeep Yellow Jersey Gabriel Medina (BRA) and World No. 3 Jordy Smith (ZAF) also made their way into the third round of competition, besting wildcards Miguel Blanco (PRT) and Crosby Colapinto (USA) respectively. The high-flying Brasilian Medina sent a big frontside straight air on his best wave and never looked threatened or under pressure as he gently landed his maneuver and moved on to Round 4.
“It’s hard to surf in these kinds of conditions,” said Medina. “I was hoping for some of those barrels but they just stopped in our heat, which was probably good because Miguel (Blanco) is really good when it’s barreling. I’ve surfed a lot out here and getting lots of waves so I’ve gotten confidence from this experience. I’ve been enjoying my time here with my family and not putting any pressure on myself. Like I’ve already said, I’ve been in this situation before and I feel like I’m more mature.”
World No. 4 Italo Ferreira (BRA) would not let his opponents in the World Title race out of sight and made his intentions clear in his heat against local hero Frederico Morais (PRT) with an incredible display of aerial surfing. Ferreira advanced with an excellent 16.20 total to keep his chances of defending his event title in Peniche alive and well.