Filipe Toledo and Johanne Defay win 2021 Surf Ranch Pro

June 21, 2021 | Surfing
Filipe Toledo: he finally won the Surf Ranch Pro | Photo: Heff/WSL

Filipe Toledo and Johanne Defay conquered the 2021 Surf Ranch Pro at Lemoore in Central California.

The sixth stop on the World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT) got underway in the freshwater wave pool designed by Kelly Slater.

In an all-Brazilian final, Toledo defeated his fellow countryman and two-time world champion, Gabriel Medina.

After losing two finals to Medina in Lemoore - 2018 and 2019 - the surfer from Ubatuba was finally able to steal the show at Lemoore.

Toledo locked in a near-perfect 9.67-point wave, which included two long barrels, multiple top turns, and a beautiful alley-oop.

And with an excellent backup wave of 8.27 points, he ended up raising the trophy. Medina, however, secured his fifth final of the season.

"After two lost finals to Gabriel, this one feels good. He is already in the final at Trestles, so this win means a lot to me," expressed Filipe Toledo.

In the women's final, Defay beat Carissa Moore by a very narrow margin - only 0.40 points - and conquered the fourth CT event of her career.

The Hawaiian has already guaranteed a spot in the top 5 finals, and the French surfer is closer to joining her at Trestles.

"The level of women surfing is impressive here at the Surf Ranch. It's my second consecutive final, so I'm really happy," added Johanne Defay.

The next stop on the Championship Tour is Open Mexico, which runs from August 10-20 at Barra de la Cruz, Oaxaca, Mexico.

2021 Surf Ranch Pro | Finals

Men
1. Filipe Toledo (BRA) 17.94
2. Gabriel Medina (BRA) 10.60

Women
1. Johanne Defay (FRA) 16.63
2. Carissa Moore (HAW) 16.23

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