Insight, News, and Opinion by Nick Abramo
  • August 10, 2022
BEDROCK BREAKING NEWS: Hawaii’s Carissa Moore And Brazil’s Italo Ferreira Win Surfing Gold


Honolulu’s Carissa Moore won a gold medal in Tokyo on Tuesday by defeating South Africa’s Bianca Buitendag in dominant fashion 14.93 to 8.46 in the inaugural surfing finals.

Moore’s victory came at about 10 p.m. on Monday, Hawaii time, but it was already Tuesday in Japan. She did it with super high-scoring waves of  7.60 and 7.33 out of a possible 10 for each.

To get to the final at Tsurigisaki Beach, Moore defeated Japan’s Amuro Tsuzuki in the semifinals, 8.33 to 7.43.

Carissa Moore is the first women’s surfing gold medalist.
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In the men’s gold medal match, Brazil’s Italo Ferreira defeated Japan’s Kanoa Igarashi 15.14 to 6.60.

Italo Ferreira topped Japan’s Kanoa Igarashi for the men’s gold.
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It’s the first time surfing is a sport at the Olympics.

Earlier, Haleiwa’s John John Florence was knocked out in a third-round loss to Kolohe Andino of San Clemente, Calif. Andino reportedly made a throat-slashing gesture toward Florence after the victory.

Buitendag topped Carolina Marks of Boca Raton, Fla., 11.00 to 3.67 in the other women’s semifinal for the right to meet Moore.

The bronze medal winners are also in: In the men’s bronze medal match, Australia’s Owen Wright edged Brazil’s Gabriel Medina, 11.97 to 11.77. Tsuzuki won the women’s bronze medal with a 6.80 to 4.26 triumph over Marks.

Moore is a four-time and the reigning World Surf League women’s champion and is No. 1 on the 2021 world tour. Ferreira is the WSL’s reigning men’s champion and currently No. 2 on the championship tour.

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