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Perfect waves at Corona JBay ensure win for Toledo

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The supertubes in Jeffreys Bay (JBay) were as good as it gets for the final of the Corona Open this morning (Thursday 20 July 2017). In six to eight-foot walls, the Brazilian surfer Filipe Toledo defeated Portuguese giant-killer Frederico Morais with a heat total of 18 points out of 20 [Pic: The 2017 Corona Open JBay Champ Filipe Toledo © WSL/Tostee]

“JBay is always a contest that’s been my dream to win. To surf perfect waves like this the entire contest. I’ve got to thank God for the amazing week that we’ve had. I’ve got my entire family here and supporting me. It’s unbelievable and I’m speechless" - Filipe Toledo

Filipe Toledo began the day's surfing by beating South Africa's local favourite - Jordy Smith, in their early morning quarter-final clash.

“Filipe surfed great in that last heat and he definitely got better waves than I did and that’s really the difference out there,” Smith said. “I just want to thank Jeffreys Bay for all the support and everybody that came down, it really meant a lot and I really appreciate that. I learn every time when I come here. There’s a lot of pressure because everybody wants me to do well, and I want to do well. You just have to take each heat for what it is. The year really starts now and Tahiti is next so I’m focused on that now and we’ll see where that puts me.”

Corona Open J-Bay Final Result

  1.  Filipe Toledo (BRA) 18.00;
  2. Frederico Morais (PRT) 17.73  

Corona Open J-Bay Semifinal Results

  • SF 1: Frederico Morais (PRT) 17.37 def. Gabriel Medina (BRA) 14.70;
  • SF 2: Filipe Toledo (BRA) 16.63 def. Julian Wilson (AUS) 11.33  

Corona Open J-Bay Quarterfinal Results

  • Heat 1: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 17.40 def. Mick Fanning (AUS) 11.33
  • Heat 2: Frederico Morais (PRT) 19.77 def. John John Florence (HAW) 18.67
  • Heat 3: Filipe Toledo (BRA) 18.70 def. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 13.26
  • Heat 4: Julian Wilson (AUS) 16.07 def. Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 14.77

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