Gabriel at the Double in Fiji Pro Win

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."

Final Result:
Gabriel Medina (BRA) 18.40 def. Nat Young (USA) 14.77

Semifinal Results:
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

“It’s great to be back at the top of the ratings, it’s still early but I’m feeling good,” said 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.

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Are you feeling it?

Are you feeling it? "I'm feeling good said Medina"

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Namoutu island were also feeling it, having lost the Aussies they still had the winner.

Namoutu island were also feeling it, having lost the Aussies they still had the winner.

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"It was a good event for me,” said Kolohe Andino (pictured). “Gabriel (Medina) kind of went nuts in our Semifinal and I needed better waves. That's okay though, I've had two really good results back-to-back and I'm having a lot of fun. Next event is Jeffreys Bay and it hasn't been a WCT event since I've been on tour so I'm really excited to surf it."

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“I’m really disappointed with that because I made a mistake on my second to last wave,” said Michel Bourez (pictured). “Nat is one of the guys that I thought would get a good result out here. He’s amazing and he surfs so good and I’m super happy that he ended up making the Final. I’m so pleased that I made it to the Semifinals and got another good result.”

“I’m really disappointed with that because I made a mistake on my second to last wave,” said Michel Bourez (pictured). “Nat is one of the guys that I thought would get a good result out here. He’s amazing and he surfs so good and I’m super happy that he ended up making the Final. I’m so pleased that I made it to the Semifinals and got another good result.”

© 2014 - ASP / Steve Robertson

"It was a good event for me,” said Kolohe Andino. “Gabriel (Medina) kind of went nuts in our semifinal and I needed better waves. That's okay though, I've had two really good results back-to-back and I'm having a lot of fun. Next event is Jeffreys Bay and it hasn't been a WCT event since I've been on tour so I'm really excited to surf it."

© 2014 - ASP / Steve Robertson


Ed Temperley

Founding editor at magicseaweed