John John Florence & Tyler Wright Claim Victory In Rio

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John John Florence defeats Jack Freestone, Photo by Morigo / WSL

John John Florence defeats Jack Freestone, Photo by Morigo / WSL

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JOHN JOHN FLORENCE & TYLER WRIGHT WIN AT RIO 

The Oi Rio Pro has wrapped up at Postinho in Brazil today with two new champions. Hawaii's John John Florence defeated Australia's Jack Freestone in the final of the men's event after they each defeated world champions De Souza and Medina. 

“I love coming back here to Rio,” Florence said. “This is where I won my first World Championship Tour event. The waves are really similar to Hawaii with their power. Everyone here in Brazil has been so supportive. If it was not for everyone’s support on the beach cheering us on every wave, I do not know if I would have been as stoked. Thank you to everyone.” 

2016 Samsung Galaxy Top 5 (after Oi Rio Pro):
1 - Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 24,500 pts
2 - Italo Ferreira (BRA) 18,750 pts
3 - John John Florence (HAW) 18,700 pts
4 - Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 17,500 pts
5 - Caio Ibelli (BRA) 17,200 pts

On Tuesday, Tyler Wright claimed her incredible third championship event win out of four in an all-Australian final against Sally Fitzgibbons to put her back into the yellow leader's jersey heading into Fiji.

“This is the best I’ve ever felt,” Wright said. “Over the last six months so many things have happened and it has given me a lot of perspective on the way I want to run my career and surf my heats. I want to say a massive thanks to my family. They make it all worthwhile.”

“I am so excited to win here in Brazil,” continued Wright. “It is fun and there are so many things you need to take into account, and you have to just flow with it. I think this was the most challenging of any event and any final. It was hard work and I am stoked.”

2016 Samsung Galaxy Top 5 (after Oi Rio Women’s Pro):
1 - Tyler Wright (AUS) 35,200 pts
2 - Courtney Conlogue (USA) 32,500 pts
3 - Carissa Moore (HAW) 26,000 pts
4 - Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) 23,400 pts
5 - Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 22,950 pts

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