Gabriel Medina edges out Parko to claim Quik Pro
Surf News, 11 March: A thrilling finals day at Snapper Rocks saw Gabriel Medina (BRA) and Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) crowned Champions of the Quiksilver and Roxy Pro Gold Coast presented by BOQ, stop No. 1 on the 2014 Samsung Galaxy ASP World Championship Tour.
Brazilian Gabriel Medina’s historic triumph makes him the first Brazilian and only the second goofy-footer ever to win the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast. Medina beat 2013 Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast runner-up Joel Parkinson (AUS) in a nail-biting Final and maintained his trend of come-from-behind victories in the final minutes. Medina previously dispatched reigning three-time World Champion, Mick Fanning, in the Quarterfinals and multiple Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast Champion, Taj Burrow, in the Semifinals.
Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast
presented by BOQ
Roxy Pro Gold Coast
presented by BOQ
Samsung Galaxy ASP World Championship Tour event #1
Gold Coast, Queensland Australia
1 - 12 March 2014
...."It's an honor to win this event,” said Medina. “This is the hardest event of the whole Tour and I feel like all the best surfers in the world, Mick (Fanning), Parko (Joel Parkinson) and Taj (Burrow), have won it. It’s been a dream to win since I was a grommet. I’ve been watching those guys on videos and reading about them in magazines. Today I had the opportunity to compete against them and I couldn't let this chance go. It's weird, it's really weird, but it feels so good."
"Second two years in a row is heartbreaking, but on the other hand it's still a great start to the year," Parkinson said. "I said the other day that World Titles aren't won or lost at the first event. If I didn't have a shocker at Bells last year I would have been right in the Title race, so hopefully I can improve on that this year. Gabriel (Medina) is a huge talent, he deserves the win and has been on fire today so congrats to him.”
Mick Fanning (AUS), reigning three-time ASP World Champion was eliminated in the Quarterfinals by Gabriel Medina (BRA) in an exciting goofy verse regular match-up. Fanning took an early lead and looked as though he was destined for the Semifinals, but Medina had other plans, stealing the momentum of the heat and a Semifinal match-up against Taj Burrow (AUS) with an excellent 9.40 (out of a possible 10).
"I knew the wave he got was going to be a good one and I was out of position so I just had to sit and wait to see what he scored," Fanning said. "All credit to him (Gabriel Medina) even if you get a great wave, you still have to surf it to get big scores. It's a lot harder out in the water than it looks from the sand. That's the way it was and I just have to look at what I did wrong and learn and move on."
Reigning ASP Women's World Champion, Carissa Moore (HAW) was eliminated in the first Semifinal of Roxy Pro Gold Coast by event Champion, Stephanie Gilmore. The highly anticipated heat was a clash of the titans, with a collective seven ASP Women's World Titles in the water. The local hero eliminated Moore who, up until today, was the form surfer of the event. Moore leaves the event with an equal third place finish.
"I'm going to have to go away and look at what went wrong," Moore said. "I've had such a great event and I was feeling really good but it just didn't go my way today. I'm going home disappointed, but I lost in the Semifinals last year and still won the ASP World Title so I'm positive about the year ahead."
Kelly Slater (USA), 11-time ASP World Champion and last year's Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast champion was eliminated in the Quarterfinals by Adriano De Souza (BRA). Before today's clash the pair had met 16 times in ASP WCT history, with Slater holding the advantage with 11 wins. Despite being behind on wins, De Souza's effort today makes it five wins in a row against Slater who exited the event with an equal fifth place finish.
"It was frustrating because I fell on a couple of waves," Slater said. "Adriano (De Souza) was on the better end of being in sync with the sets, it seemed like the better waves always came when he had priority. I probably could have been more patient. You don't know out there because you catch a wave and hope it builds down the line. I never really felt on today, I was pretty tired after that heat. A bit of a lapse in concentration for me."
Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast Final Results:
Final: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 16.33 def. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 16.27
Roxy Pro Gold Coast Final Results:
Final: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 15.80 def. Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 10.47
Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast Semifinal Results:
Semifinal 1: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 14.13 def. Taj Burrow (AUS) 14.10
Semifinal 2: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 18.70 def. Adriano de Souza (BRA) 9.67
Roxy Pro Gold Coast Semifinal Results:
Semifinal 1: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 17.10 def. Carissa Moore (HAW) 13.40
Semifinal 2: Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 15.90 def. Lakey Peterson (USA) 12.50
Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast Quarterfinal Results:
Quarterfinal 1: Taj Burrow (AUS) 15.00 def. C.J. Hobgood (USA) 12.46
Quarterfinal 2: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 15.83 def. Mick Fanning (AUS) 14.00
Quarterfinal 3: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 16.53 def. Kelly Slater (USA) 12.17
Quarterfinal 4: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 17.93 def. Miguel Pupo (BRA) 13.26