Italo Ferreira: he could win his first world title in Hawaii | Photo: Masurel/WSL

Italo Ferreira and Caroline Marks have taken out the 2019 MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal, in Peniche.

The Brazilian surfer defeated Jordy Smith in fun, four-to-six-foot waves at Supertubos.

Ferreira opened his account with a stunning, no-grab, full aerial rotation that ignited the crowd and earned him a Perfect 10 score from the judges.

The stage was set for an exciting showdown. However, while Smith struggled to get into the rhythm of the ocean, Italo kept adding numbers to this two-wave total.

And, in a similar wave, the Brazilian consolidated his dominance with an 8.43-point ride and claimed the Portuguese trophy.

"I'm glad to win again. The last couple of months have been very special. That air was unreal, and I'm so happy I landed it," expressed Italo Ferreira.

"Hawaii will definitely be fun. The world title race is open. I need to learn a little bit more, but let's try it!"

With this result, Ferreira is the number one surfer in the world heading into Pipeline.

Caroline Marks: winning CT events aged 17 | Photo: Masurel/WSL

Marks Is On Fire

In the women's final, the 17-year-old surfer from Florida continues to impress. This time, Marks defeated Lakey Peterson and could very well win her first world title later this year.

"I've been dreaming of making a final against Lakey. I've been talking about it since I started working with Mike Parsons," revealed Marks.

"I am living in the moment, but staying in the world title race is my goal. I will not change anything. I'm just going to surf all day and have fun."

2019 MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal | Finals

Italo Ferreira (BRA) 18.43
Jordy Smith (RSA) 6.17

Caroline Marks (USA) 13.73
Lakey Peterson (USA) 6.27

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