Young guns impress at Oi Rio Pro 2016

May 11, 2016 | Surfing
Italo Ferreira: confident and consistent | Photo: Smorigo/WSL

The Brazilian Armada dominated Round 1 of the Oi Rio Pro 2016, held at Grumari Beach, in Brazil.

Seven Championship Tour (CT) surfers - - Owen Wright, Bede Durbidge, Kai Otton, Kelly Slater, Mick Fanning, Taj Burrow, and Joel Parkinson - are not competing in Rio de Janeiro. As a result, the event is less attractive for fans.

However, it doesn't mean the Oi Rio Pro has lost intensity. Five Brazilians surfers earned a ticket to Round 3. Filipe Toledo was the first winner of the day. The young aerialist sent Kanoa Igarashi and Dusty Payne to the repechage heat.

"It was hard for me to be away for more than forty-five days. I didn't know if those days would be enough time to heal and feel one-hundred percent. I am still feeling something, but I am happy to be back in Rio to defend my title," explained Toledo.

Italo Ferreira locked in the highest two-wave score of the day. The 2015 WSL Rookie of the Year landed a stunning throw-tail reverse and continued building his heat total with a confident performance.

"I have great support here in Brazil, and I am so happy to be back. I am feeling really good. My board feels amazing. On my first wave, I scored 9 points, and that gave me a lot of confidence," added Ferreira.

Leonardo Fioravanti shocked all Brazilian fans on the beach by defeating the 2015 World Surf League champion Adriano de Souza. The Roman surfer controlled his opponents and earned a spot in Round 3.

"I let Stuart go on a good one, which I thought was a bit of a mistake, but luckily I got back in the lead. These guys on Tour have pressure, whether it is win a world title or stay on tour. I am here to have fun, make heats and show I can surf well," noted Fioravanti.

Oi Rio Pro 2016 | Round 2 Match-Ups

Adriano de Souza (BRA) vs. Bino Lopes (BRA)
Matt Wilkinson (AUS) vs. Deivid Silva (BRA)
Julian Wilson (AUS) vs. Dusty Payne (HAW)
Gabriel Medina (BRA) vs. Alex Ribeiro (BRA)
Jeremy Flores (FRA) vs. Jack Freestone (AUS)
Kolohe Andino (USA) vs. Matt Banting (AUS)
Sebastian Zietz (HAW) vs. Keanu Asing (BRA)
Caio Ibelli (BRA) vs. Jadson Andre (BRA)
Adrian Buchan (AUS) vs. Miguel Pupo (BRA)
Wiggolly Dantas (BRA) vs. Stuart Kennedy (AUS)
Josh Kerr (AUS) vs. Kanoa Igarashi (USA)
Conner Coffin (USA) vs. Michel Bourez (PYF)

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