Saquarema Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Carissa Moore (HAW) and Filipe Toledo (BRA) won the Oi Rio Pro Presented by Corona, Stop No. 8 on the World Surf League 2022 Championship Tour. The competition finished spectacularly in front of a massive crowd at Praia de Itaúna in Saquarema, Brazil. Five-time WSL Champion Moore defeated Johanne Defay (FRA) in the Finals. At the same time, Toledo took out rookie and Rip Curl athlete Samuel Pupo (BRA) to earn his third-straight event win in Saquarema. This is his fourth overall win at the Oi Rio Pro. 

Samuel Pupo makes first Final of his career on the Championship Tour against Toledo

Toledo is now referred to as the “King of Saquarema” after winning his third-consecutive event in Saquarema and four total victories at the Oi Rio Pro. After two throwaway scores, Toledo boosted the biggest backside air rotation of the event for a perfect 10-point ride. Toledo also caught one of the longest barrels of the event and added a quick air reverse on the closeout section for an 8.67. Toledo was unstoppable in the Finals, and his torrid pace resulted in an 18.67 total, the highest of the event.

Samuel Pupo made it to the first Final of his career on the Championship Tour against Toledo. The young high-flyer had spectacular performances throughout the Oi Rio Pro as a rookie. He took down big names such as Caio Ibelli (BRA), Mateus Herdy (BRA), and Italo Ferreira (BRA) on his way to the Finals. 

“Filipe started with a 10 on a wave that I could have blocked because I had priority. So he went left, and I ended up going to the right,” said Pupo. “Afterwards, it was difficult to recover because the sea calmed down and not many waves came through, so it seemed that everything was going in his favour. But I’m really happy I made the Final. For sure, this is the best day of my life, but the year is not over, and I already really want to compete again. I can’t wait to go to J-Bay and do my best there,” completed Pupo.

Spectators during the Final at the Oi Rio Pro. Photo by Thiago Diz/World Surf League

Toledo and Moore Also Win Inaugural Mano Ziul Award

In one of the most emotional moments of the Oi Rio Pro, the inaugural Mano Ziul Award was presented to honour a visionary and pioneer in the sport of surfing. The recently deceased Mano Ziul provided the first webcasts for contests, bringing the most remote locations into the audience’s living room. In addition, his creation of the scoring system has been a fundamental part of competitive surfing since it was created. To honour his memory, the Mano Ziul Award was given to the men’s and women’s athletes with the highest heat total of the event at the Oi Rio Pro. 

Mano Ziul’s family, represented by his wife Sandra and his children Luiza and Ziul (Ziulzinho) Andueza presented the trophies to Carissa Moore for her 15.43 total and Filipe Toledo, who earned an 18.67 total, both in the Finals.

“I want to dedicate this victory to Mano Ziul, who is watching us all right now. This win should be celebrated by all of us for everything he has done for the sport of surfing,” declared Toledo at the award ceremony.

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