Photo:Medina © ASP/Robertson
Surf News, 5 June, Tavarua, Fiji - Gabriel Medina has won ASP Men's World Championship Tour event, the Fiji Pro in 3-to-5 foot surf at the primary venue of Cloudbreak. Medina logged a 18.40 heat score against Nat Young's 14.77 in an electric final which included Medina's near perfect 9.87....Full report coming. .
Gabriel Medina def. Nat Young
Semifinal 1: Nat Young def. Michel Bourez (PYF)
Semifinal 2: Gabriel Medina def. Kolohe Andino (USA)
Gabriel Medina (BRA) 18.40 def. Nat Young (USA) vs. 14.77
Gabriel Medina flew out of the gates first against Nat Young, unloading his complete repertoire on a clean set wave. The Brazilian delivered a frontside snap, quick tube ride and a flurry of turns for a 7.33 and an early lead.
Young waited 10 minutes to get on the scoreboard, but made his opener count, combining a double-barrel and three big carves for a 8.17. Medina answered right back, also driving through two barrel sections blended with a series of sizzling snaps for an 9.87, extending his lead over the American.
Blow for blow exchanges continued throughout the middle of the heat, when Young responded with another barrel punctuated with a mass of devastating turns for a 6.60.
Conditions continued to pump through Cloudbreak for the Final and Medina maintained his near-flawless attack. The goofy-footer drove through yet another barrel, etching an 8.53, leaving Young in need of a combination of scores to take the win at the 16 minute mark.
Young was unable to break the combination, cementing Medina's fourth career ASP WCT victory.
Check out the full results breakdown from the 2014 Fiji Pro.