Italo Ferreira wins 2019 Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast

April 8, 2019 | Surfing
Italo Ferreira: he won everything on the Gold Coast | Photo: Dunbar/WSL

Italo Ferreira and Caroline Marks have taken out the 2019 Quiksilver Pro and 2019 Boost Mobile Pro Gold Coast, at Duranbah Beach, in New South Wales.

The first event of the World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour season wrapped up in two-to-four foot waves.

In the men's final, Italo Ferreira is at the top of his form and showed why he had just won the Red Bull Airborne Gold Coast.

The Brazilian surf beat Kolohe Andino in a tight final. The Californian let a small wave go, and Italo ended up taking it and landing a full rotation that proved to be precious.

"It's unbelievable. I knew it would be so hard to beat Kolohe. I feel really fortunate to have beaten him and especially in waves like this. The support on the beach is so unreal," said Ferreira.

"I'm excited to be in the leader jersey again, but this is a long year and I don't want to get too far ahead of myself. I have a lot of other events to focus on, starting with Bells next week. I've trained a lot in the last three months, and I got the win in the first event of the year."

Caroline Marks: she won her first CT event of her career at Duranbah Beach | Photo: Cestari/WSL

In the women's final, 17-year-old Caroline Marks locked in the first CT event win of her career, in the contest that marks kicks off the equal prize money era for both female and male surfers.

The young American got emotional and speechless after beating three-time world champion, Carissa Moore.

"It's incredible to be a part of women's surfing. Carissa has always been my hero, and she still is. So, to have my first win over her is just incredible," stated Marks.

"I was actually laughing because the first time I came to this event I was in the Trials and I just lost in the first heat every single time, so to now win the event is amazing. This has been the best event and best week of my life."

2019 Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast | Final

1. Italo Ferreira (BRA) 12.57
2. Kolohe Andino (USA) 12.43

2019 Boost Mobile Pro Gold Coast | Final

1. Caroline Marks (USA) 13.83
2. Carissa Moore (HAW) 11.67