Not swell: Surfboard breaks in gold medal matchup

Posted at 11:52 PM, Jul 26, 2021

Point break was replaced by a surfboard break for Brazilian athlete Italo Ferreira during his gold medal matchup in Tokyo.

Ferreira's surfboard broke during the first few minutes of the final round of competition. 

The Brazilian's coach was seen racing down the shoreline to deliver him a replacement board, while his opponent Kanoa Igarashi had the waves to himself for the first portion of the final head-to-head showdown.

Ferreira recovered from the equipment issue and won the first gold medal in Olympic surfing history.