Italo Ferreira File Photo. Photo Courtesy: SurferToday

HAWAII: Italo Ferreira on Friday defeated the defending champion Gabriel Medina to win WSL – World Surf League Championship Tour title in Hawaii.

25-yer-old Brazilian engaged in a record 40-minute race against two-times champion Gabriel Medina to claim the world title and secure the top spot in Tokyo Olympics 2020.

An emotional Ferreira was ecstatic to win the title and credited the extraordinary feat to his belief in himself, the efforts of his coach and support of his family.

Meanwhile, US surfer Seth Moniz won Rookie of the Year by despite losing to the surfing legend Kelly Slater.

Slate who still holds the record 11 world champion titles to his name failed to for the 2020 Olympics after losing to the Ferreira in championship’s semi-finals but praised his Brazilian counterpart for his skills and determination.

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