Brazil’s Italo Ferreira challenging conditions in brilliant style to win historic first Olympic surfing gold medals at the Tsurigasaki Surfing Beach on Tuesday.

Ferreira recovered from breaking his board on the first wave to beat Japan’s Kanoa Igarashi in the final.

The current world champion can now add Olympic gold to his impressive trophy cabinet after scoring 15.4 in the gold medal match following three days of thrilling competition at Japan’s Tsurigasaki Surfing Beach. After recovering from a broken board on his first run.

27-year-old was in irrepressible form, surging ahead of Japan’s silver medallist Igarashi who finished the final on 6.60.

Earlier in the day, Australia’s Owen Wright won the bronze medal, defeating Brazi’s two-time world champion, Gabriel Medina.

The final day of competition started with big, clean waves that delighted the competitors, but a strong onshore breeze picked up to make the swell choppier and more inconsistent with good waves harder to come by.

After the competition, a delighted Ferreira spoke about the joy winning the gold medal brought to him: “It’s one of the best days of my life for sure,” he said.

“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.”

It made no difference to Ferreira and Moore as they went on the attack in pursuit of Olympic gold.

Japan’s Kanoa Igarashi has the weight of a nation on his shoulders but the diligent surfer seems to be enjoying it. “Every day becomes a little bit more pressure packed,” he tell us. “I have plenty more years left after this year to sleep in. Put the foot down and grit your teeth.”

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