Italo Ferreira’s perfect 10-point ride propels Team Brazil to first World Surfing Games Gold in 19 years
With a total of three medals across the Men’s and Women’s Division, Team Brazil emerged victorious at the 2019 ISA World Surfing Games presented by Vans in Miyazaki, Japan.
Brazil’s Italo Ferreira saved his best for last and earned the highest heat total of the event thus far (17.77) with a perfect 10-point ride in the Final.
Ferreira’s inspirational finish was a fairy tale ending to a week of adversity. Ferreira nearly missed his first heat of the event after getting his passport stolen only days before leaving for Japan. Ferreira was able to get a passport, fly to Miyazaki, and make it to his first heat of the event with only 8-minutes remaining, where he was still able to take first place.
“That was a super cool contest,” said Ferreira. “I want to congratulate every surfer and country here.
“I am so tired, that was a lot of heats with a lot of emotional moments. I just tried to show my best surfing.”
The Gold for Team Brazil is their first in 19 years, not having been crowned World Surfing Games Champion since the 2000 edition of the event.
Aside from Ferreira’s Gold, Brazil finished with two other individual medals. Gabriel Medina took the Bronze in the Men’s Division and Silvana Lima took Silver in the Women’s Division.
The Team Silver Medal went to USA, led by an individual Silver Medal performance from Kolohe Andino and a Copper Medal from Carissa Moore.
The 2018 Gold Medalist Team Japan earned the Bronze, while the Copper Medal went to Team Peru.
The Men’s Grand Final featured the world’s top talent going for broke in vastly improved conditions at Kisakihama Beach with Brazil’s Ferreira and Medina, USA’s Andino, and Japan’s Shun Murakami vying for the Gold.
After seeing many mid-range scores from all competitors, Ferreira’s 10-point full rotation aerial broke the heat wide open.
See full results here.
Gold – Brazil
Silver – USA
Bronze – Japan
Copper – Peru
5 – South Africa
6 – Australia
7 – New Zealand
8 – Costa Rica
9 – Spain
10 – Canada
Gold – Italo Ferreira (BRA)
Silver – Kolohe Andino (USA)
Bronze – Gabriel Medina (BRA)
Copper – Shun Murakami (JPN)
Open Women (finished September 10th):
Gold – Sofia Mulanovich (PER)
Silver – Silvana Lima (BRA)
Bronze – Bianca Buitendag (RSA)
Copper – Carissa Moore (USA)
Provisional Tokyo 2020 Qualification:
Shun Murakami (JPN)
Ramzi Boukhiam (MAR)
Billy Stairmand (NZL)
Frederico Morais (POR)
Shino Matsuda (JPN)
Anat Lelior (ISR)
Bianca Buitendag (RSA)
Ella Williams (NZL)