Gabriel Medina takes his second victory of the year at the ASP Fiji Pro and the overall ratings lead.
Crucify us for saying this, but Medina is showing flashes of gearing-up through the heats like a certain Kelly Slater. Right now it only seems to be at events in which the Brazilian feels comfortable, but get him running and by the final strike he is moving like a predator on the plain. Watch for yourself here. Against Nat Young in the final he had his opponent in a headlock right out of the gates and countered each and every attempt to undermine it from a from a position of authority.
It’s great to be back at the top of the ratings, it’s still early but I’m feeling good.Gabriel Medina
“It’s great to be back at the top of the ratings, it’s still early but I’m feeling good,” said Gabriel Medina. “I’ve never surfed at Jeffreys Bay before but I’m going home after this to prepare and I’ll be working hard. Nat (Young) is a great guy and that was a good final against him. I was so nervous inside those barrels, I couldn’t see anything, but when I came out I was stoked. Thanks to the Namotu guys who were supporting me. Thanks to everyone in Fiji, I just love it here especially with a win.”
As for Nat Young, he’s tired of being the bridesmaid. “Third final and third runner-up finish so that’s frustrating. I felt good. My boards felt good and I waited for a good one to start the Final with. Unfortunately, I got a little out of rhythm and Gabriel (Medina) found waves with more opportunity. He’s been surfing really well so he was always going to be hard to beat, but I felt like I had it in me. Runner-up is a good finish, my best of the year, so hopefully it’s good for the momentum heading into J-Bay and Tahiti.”
Gabriel Medina (BRA) 18.40 def. Nat Young (USA) 14.77
Semifinal 1: Nat Young (USA)14.00 def. Michel Bourez (PYF) 12.10
Semifinal 2: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 17.50 vs. Kolohe Andino (USA) 9.57
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