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Toledo and Conlogue Conquer


A huge momentum shift in Rio de Janeiro


In front of the biggest crowd in world tour history, Brazilian Filipe Toledo gave his adoring fans exactly what they wished for on the final day of the 2015 Oi Rio Pro in Rio de Janeiro. After a string of upsets in the earlier rounds, including losses for defending champ Gabriel Medina, current world number one Adriano De Souza and the legendary Kelly Slater, Toledo fought off a spirited performance from compatriot Italo Ferreira in the semi-final to set up a final showdown with Australia's Bede Durbidge. The Aussie simply couldn't match it with Toledo's fine form in the choppy surf, as he launched a string of aerials to all but seal victory with a massive 18.53 total in the early moments of the final. Toledo's win places him just 550 points behind De Souza in the world tour rankings, with Aussie Mick Fanning sitting some way off in third. 


In the women's event, Courtney Conlogue continued her incredible form to overpower the likes of Tyler Wright and then Bianca Buitendag in the final. It was an unprecedented final matchup, as none of the "big four" female riders made an appearance for the first time in several years. Carissa Moore and Sally Fitzgibbons failed to progress to the semis, while Steph Gilmore had withdrawn through injury. Conlogue's impressive form sees her less than 3000 points behind Carissa Moore in the world title race, and sets up one of the most exciting seasons in recent memory. 

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