Toledo smokes Smith at Margaret River Pro

Filipe Toledo completed a Brazilian Blitz in the Margaret River Pro and overtook South African surfer Jordy Smith in the men’s final on Monday.

Toledo delivered a powerful display under pressure to roll past veteran Smith. The Brazilian colleague Tatiana Weston-Webb previously defeated the Australian legend Stephanie Gilmore in the women’s final.

The 26-year-old jumped from eighth to third place in the world rankings due to winning the title and met two-time world champion John John Florence, who had to retire with a knee injury in the middle of the competition.

Toledo eliminated world number 2 Italo Ferreira in the quarterfinals early in the day and then defeated another South African Matthew McGillivray in the last four.

In a stellar playoff performance, Toledo’s 8.33 throwaway score was higher than anything Smith could muster.

He got the best score of the day at 9.00 and then secured it at 8.40 for a combined record of 17.40, slightly beating Smith’s 14.23.

Weston-Webb jumped into the water after his final to celebrate with her compatriot.

An emotional Toledo said he won the trophy for his two young children, Mahina and Koa, who stayed in their California home.

“This one is for little koa, happy birthday son, I love you,” said Toledo.

“I promised little Koa and Mahina that I would bring the trophy home and fulfill the promise.”

With the top five surfers playing the WSL finals in Lower Trestles in September and COVID-19 potentially disrupting the tour, Toledo said it was important to improve the rankings.

“It’s a big leap in the rankings for me and it’s about consistency,” he said.

“Even if I don’t win, I have to show up to stay between the five and that’s my goal.”

Ryan Callinan, Australia’s last male hope, was beaten by Smith in a narrow quarter-final on Monday morning.

The next event starts on May 16 on Rottnest Island.

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