Miguel Pupo wins the Oi HD Sao Paulo Open of Surfing

November 9, 2015 | Surfing
Miguel Pupo: confirmed in the 2016 WSL | Photo: WSL

Miguel Pupo won the Oi HD Sao Paulo Open of Surfing, in Maresias, Brazil.

The Brazilian surfer has secured a spot in the 2016 World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour after claiming the QS 10,000 event in front of his home crowd. The final heat got underway in four-to-six-foot surf.

Pupo defeated the Australian sensation Davey Cathels with two waves scored in the excellent range. His opponent was never able to overcome Miguel, and only rode four waves in the final.

"Wow, it's been a hard week for me. I came here to go for broke. My mom asked me to bring home some new trophies this year. I brought her a third place from the Azores, and it was a little trophy, but I think she'll be happier right now with a bigger one at home," joked Miguel Pupo.

"It feels amazing. I put so much pressure on myself at the start of the year to be in the world title race after Gabriel's title, but now I found myself in the Final again after 2012, and I'm happy to have a trophy."

There are only three events left on the 2015 Qualifying Series: the Hawaiian Pro, the Vans World Cup, and the Taiwan Open of Surfing. Caio Ibelli leads the fleet.

Oi HD Sao Paulo Open of Surfing | Final

1. Miguel Pupo (BRA), 17.00
2. Davey Cathels (AUS), 12.33

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