Brazilian Italo Ferreira and American Carissa Moore made history after winning the first-ever Olympic gold medals in surfing on July 27 at the Tokyo Games.
Reigning World Surf League champion Ferreira won first place with a score of 15.4 at the men’s event in surfing at the Tsurigasaki Beach in Chiba province.
Meanwhile, Moore, also a reigning world champion, took the historic gold in the women’s event with a score of 14.93, beating South African Bianca Buitendag, who scored 8.46, and Japanese Amuro Tsuzuki, who scored 7.43.
Ferreira, 27, recovered from breaking his board on the first wave and beat Japanese Kanoa Igarashi, who finished with a score of 6.60, and Australian Owen Wright took the bronze with a score of 11.97.
“I was so nervous at the beginning, but I just tried to surf and have fun because two months ago, I was busy with training and thinking and dreaming and now I’ve got the gold medal. The dream came true,” Ferreira told reporters.
“I feel super blessed, super fortunate. It’s been an incredible experience,” Moore said.
Moore, 28, is the lone ethnic Hawaiian on the American Olympic roster. She became the youngest world champion surfer at the age of 18.
The finals were moved from July 28 due to an offshore tropical storm.
Surfing made its debut at the Olympics this year, along with skateboarding and karate.