The Portuguese Frederico Morais finished today in the third place the third stage of the world surfing circuit, losing in the semi-finals against the Brazilian Gabriel Medina, who would win the Narrabeen Classic.
With the third place, Morais moved up to the group of eighth in the world ranking, adding 10,737 points, after having started the second Australian race among the 15th classified. Frederico Morais made it to the semi-finals for the third time in a circuit event, after being a finalist in Jeffreys Bay, South Africa, in 2017, and having lost access to the final at Oi Rio Pro, in Rio de Janeiro, in 2019, in both cases against the Brazilian Filipe Toledo.
In the event disputed in New South Wales, the natural surfer from Cascais was beaten by also ‘canarinho’ Gabriel Medina, who reinforced the circuit’s leadership, with a total of 25,600 points, 6,195 more than his compatriot and world champion in title Ítalo Ferreira .
Medina won 12.50 points (6 and 6.5), against 10.7 (5.4 and 5.3) of the Portuguese, advanced to the final, in which he imposed himself on the American Conner Coffin.
To reach the semi-final, Frederico Morais eliminated Toledo, in the eighth, and the Australian Ethan Ewing, in the quarter-finals. The next race of the circuit will be at Margaret River, the third of the four scheduled for Australia, between 02 and 12 May.
In previous competitions, Frederico Morais had been 17th in Pipeline, Hawaii, and ninth in Newcastle.