Brazilian Duo Tatiana Weston-Webb and Filipe Toledo Win Boost Mobile Margaret River Pro pres. by Corona
RIVER, Western Australia, Australia (Monday, May 10, 2021) - Filipe Toledo
(BRA) and Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA) claimed victory today at the Boost
Mobile Margaret River Pro pres. by Corona, the fourth stop on the 2021
World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT). It was a massive day of
action as Main Break turned on super clean four-to-six foot surf as 2021
saw two fresh faces holding the winners trophies for the fourth
stop of the CT season.
Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA) has earned the second CT event win of her career after besting seven-time WSL Champion Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) in the Final. The 25-year old posted an excellent 16.23 two-wave score (out of a possible 20) to Gilmores 15.00 for the win at Main Break in Margaret River.
I cant explain how incredible this feels, Weston-Webb said. Steph is one of the best surfers of all time and was always someone I looked up to so much, so it was incredible to come up against her in a Final. You dont often get to surf against a seven-time WSL Champion so this feels amazing. Im just thankful I took a win after a second-place finish at the last event.
En route to her Final victory, Weston-Webb eliminated local hero Bronte Macaulay (AUS) in the Semifinals.
I want to say that this win is for the Macaulay family, continued Weston-Webb. I came up against Bronte earlier today and seeing her show up for her heat was so brave. I cant imagine what she has been going through. They are an amazing family with so much love and are such a big part of surfing here in the West and my condolences are with them.
Following todays win, Weston-Webb has secured the best start to a CT season and now jumps to World No. 2 on the leaderboard. With the new Rip Curl WSL Finals format, Weston-Webb has put herself in a strong position to lock herself into the Final 5 for a chance to win the 2021 World Title.
Filipe Toledo (BRA) was in searing form on Finals Day, building momentum through each heat he surfed and saving his best performance for last, posting a two-wave combination of 17.33 (out of a possible 20), one of the highest of the event and the 76th excellent heat total of his career. Toledos trademark frontside power-hacks seemed to match the Main Break grunt pound-for-pound as the exciting natural-footer gouged and sliced his way to victory with the equal second-highest total of the entire event.
This result sees Toledo rocket from 8th to 3rd on the rankings as he eyes a spot at the WSL Rip Curl Finals later this year.
This has been a really fun week, Toledo said. There have been such amazing waves and amazing surfing from everybody so to come out on top feels so good. This one is for my son Koa, its his birthday today and he asked me to win the trophy. I promised him I would and I could not break the promise, so this one's for you son, I love you. This win will be a huge jump on the rankings for me which I needed. This Tour is all about consistency and if youre not showing up in the Finals often, you wont make that Final 5, and thats my biggest goal for the year, to give myself that chance.
Jordy Smith (ZAF) snuck his way into the Finals at Margaret River with a number of narrow margins separating him from his opponents. It wasnt until his Semifinal that he showed everyone that he was a solid chance at taking victory at Main Break, a wave that has always suited his style of surfing. In the Final, Smith was unable to find an answer back to Toledo's massive scores but the South African was still stoked to find himself back in the mix on Finals Day for the first time on the 2021 Australian leg.
a week, Smith said. I always enjoy coming to West Aus and
its because it offers up waves like weve had here for this
entire contest. I had a good time today and was stoked to make it into
a Final for the first time in who knows how long. Next, I just need to
win one of these things. Im just excited to try and keep some momentum
and head over to Rottnest Island and hopefully go one better over there.
Seven-time WSL Champion Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) earned her best result of the season and her highest placing in Margaret River with a runner-up finish today at Main Break. In her 47th Final appearance, Gilmore was looking to clinch her 32nd CT victory, but it wasnt to be as Weston-Webb pulled out one of her bigger performances to overcome Gilmore. Gilmore will now head to the Rip Curl Rottnest Search sitting in third place on the world rankings as she looks for her first victory since 2019.
the start I let Tatiana take that good one when I had priority and she
got an 8.50, Gilmore said. "That threw me off from the start,
but I did keep positive that I could do it. I know I can get a 9.50 at
this spot, but Tatiana is such a tough competitor and amazing surfer so
Im really just stoked to have made the Final out here. This is not
a strong location for me, so Im just stoked to have made the Final
here for the first time. Tatiana is such an amazing competitor and her
backhand is so strong especially on the closeout section here at Main
Break, she was always going to be tough to beat. Im looking forward
to heading to Rottnest now and hopefully get past the Quarterfinals once
opening womens Semifinal saw Bronte Macaulay (AUS) paddle out with
huge support from the surfing world and local community. Macaulay showcased
incredible commitment and courage throughout her heat, posting the highest
single wave of the matchup but was unable to find a backup. Weston-Webb
won the heat to progress into the Final, while Macaulay took her best
result at Margaret River and the equal-best result of her career along
with gaining huge admiration from her fellow competitors and surf fans
around the world.
Moore (HAW), who led the rankings heading into this event, looked certain
to progress into her third Final of the season as she tore through the
field posting massive heat totals in every round but the semifinals where
she was pipped at the post by eventual runner-up Gilmore. Similar to Moore,
the mens reigning World Champion Italo Ferreira (BRA) was unable
to progress through his Quarterfinal heat with compatriot Filipe Toledo.
Although he finished in equal 5th place, Ferreira hangs on to the second
position on the 2021 WSL rankings.
Rottnest Island will remain open for visitors while hosting the event,
spectators will not be permitted at Strickland Bay as this will be a broadcast-only
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