Italo Ferreira and Lakey Peterson emerged victorious at the recently concluded Corona Bali Protected. And with this win, the two did not just get the crown but the coveted yellow jersey as well.
Before securing his place in the Final, Ferreira had to face and take down Jordy Smith, who just dominated the Founders’ Cup. Smith put on a good fight with his consistent smart surfing, but it was the Brazilian’s perfect 10 performance (and the only perfect 10 of the competition) that ultimately sealed the deal. Ferreira defeated Smith, 17.13-16.93.
When the Final heat came, Ferreira’s rhythm did not waver. He launched and landed big airs, sneaked into barrels, and did such insane backhand surfing that Michael Bourez never had the chance. This victory marked Ferreira’s second win this 2018 season, and slingshot him to the top of the rankings.
“It’s really cool to get back the Jeep Leader Jersey,” Ferreira said in an interview. “There’s a lot more steps I need to take to win the World Title, so I will enjoy this moment, but I want to win more. The CT is full of amazing surfers, but I am feeling confident and I want to keep the momentum and extend my lead.”
In the women’s, the battle came down to Lakey Peterson and two-time World Champion Tyler Wright. Wright may have had a slow start this season but it did not show during the final showdown. She threw a lot of sprays and her powerful surfing made it a close fight. However, Peterson surfed it a little better and won it all by 0.59.
“I’m over the moon,” Peterson said. “This is just so crazy. Seeing Steph win in Brazil really lit a fire in me, and I came here and knew what I had to do. I’ve just been keeping calm all week. This is a really long year, so it’s been fun to be a part of it so far.”
“Getting the Jeep Leader Jersey back is amazing. We are all here to have that on our back. I had it for a short second at Bells, then Steph has had it since, so it is nice to get it back from her and feel like the momentum is still with me. Everyone is surfing so well that it won’t be easy to keep. I just want to play my own game and almost act like I’m coming from behind still. I just want to enjoy every moment. I’d love to thank my fiance, my mum, and my family for everything. It’s been a crazy few years and it feels like this year everything is coming together.”
The Jeep leaders and the rest of the CT surfers will be back in action in Uluwatu.
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