Filipe Toledo and Sally Fitzgibbons win 2019 Oi Rio Pro

June 24, 2019 | Surfing
Filipe Toledo: victorious at Rio's Barrinha | Photo: WSL

Filipe Toledo and Sally Fitzgibbons have taken out the 2019 Oi Rio Pro, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The finals day got underway in four-to-six-foot waves at Barrinha.

Toledo locked in a back-to-back victory in front of thousands of surfing fans after defeating Jordy Smith. The Brazilian surfer ended up putting the South African in a combination situation.

Toledo only needed to surf five waves to win the event, and his best two waves were scored in the excellent range.

"It's been amazing. Mentally, it's been a really hard year for me because there's been some personal stuff happening to me," explained Toledo.

"If you're not psychologically prepared, the pressure can get to you. But this crowd feeds me energy and motivation. I've been sick these last five days, but every time I ran down the corridor to the water, the crowd gives me a boost."

On the women's competition, Fitzgibbons won his first Championship Tour event since 2007 and her third in Brazil.

The Australian, who has never won a world surfing title, beat Carissa Moore in a tight final.

"I don't think it feels surreal at this point in my career. I think it's all incremental things and experiences. When I'm out in the water I feel so free," adds Sally Fitzgibbons.

2019 Oi Rio Pro | Finals

1. Filipe Toledo (BRA) 18.04
2. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 8.43

1. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 14.64
2. Carissa Moore (HAW) 12.57