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Ferreira beat fellow Brazilian Gabriel Medina to take the season-ending Pipe Masters with five spots remaining for male surfers at the sport’s Olympic debut.

Olympic Channel, By Ashlee Tulloch. 20 December 2019 19:30

The conclusion of the 2019 surfing season was one of the most dramatic in history.

The Pipe Masters was a showdown for the ages with Italo Ferreira taking victory to become WSL world champion for the first time.

It was a fairytale finale for Brazilian fans, with the title going down to the wire.

Ferreira defeated Gabriel Medina in the final to deny his fellow Brazilian a third world crown.

The duo also booked their places for surfing’s Olympic debut on Tsurigasaki Beach with competition scheduled to start on 26 July.

Fifteen of the world’s best male surfers have now punched their tickets for Tokyo 2020.

High drama. High reward.

There were thrilling battles for the final tickets to Tokyo from the WSL.

In the end, John John Florence took the last men’s spot over 11-time world champion Kelly Slater.

The Hawaiian native joins Kolohe Andino who provisionally qualified for Tokyo in October. Owen Wright and Julian Wilson claimed the two Australian men’s places with Michel Bourez joining Jeremy Flores to ensure France will have two challengers in Japan.

The completion of the iconic contest off the north shore of Oahu, Hawaii locks in the 10 male surfers who have provisional Olympic spots through the 2019 WSL Championship Tour

With a total of 20 men competing at surfing’s Olympic debut next year, five spots remain open for male athletes after five berths were decided at the Pan American Games and September’s 2019 ISA World Surfing Games.

These will be allocated at the 2020 ISA World Surfing Games in May, at a location, yet to be determined.

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Meet WSL’s First Class of Olympic Hopefuls

History was made in the 2019 WSL season. Through the Championship Tour, 18 surfers from seven different countries provisionally qualified for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo. Now that the season has officially ended, here’s a complete breakdown of who’s potentially headed to Japan:

Mens Olympic Surfers

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Owen Wright (AUS), Julian Wilson (AUS), Michel Bourez (FRA), Italo Ferreira (BRA), Gabriel Medina (BRA), Kanoa Igarashi (JPN), Kolohe Andino (USA), John John Florence (USA), Jeremy Flores (FRA – not pictured), Jordy Smith (RSA – not pictured)

John John Florence edges out Kelly Slater for USA berth

It came down to the wire but in the end the young star prevailed with John John Florence going to Tokyo at Kelly Slater expense.

The 27-year old make a remarkable return to competition at the Pipe Masters having missed more than half the season with a ruptured ACL knee ligament.

The two-time world champion needed to score more points than Slater to take the second USA men’s spot, and did so to leave the 47-year-old’s future in the balance.

Slater suggested to Olympic Channel that failing to qualify for surfing’s Olympic debut could mean the end for his 29-year professional surfing career.

But. speaking to the WSL during the Pipe Masters broadcast, he said, “I might have to do one more lap.”

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Olympic Women Surfers

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Carissa Moore (USA), Caroline Marks (USA), Brisa Hennesy (CRC), Silvana Lima (BRA), Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA), Johanne Defay (FRA), Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), and Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS – not pictured)

Congratulations to all the surfers who qualified through the WSL! We are proud that you could be the very first athletes to represent our sport on the Olympic stage and can’t wait to watch you compete in Japan next year.

Ganbatte Kudasai!

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