|Medina, Colapinto Join the Rest of the Field into Men’s Round of 16
After a long hold, the two remaining Men’s Round of 32 heats wrapped up the day in an entertaining fashion. Gabriel Medina (BRA) was in sync with Supertubos and stayed busy in the shifty lineup. The 3X World Champion kept building on his score, finding waves under Seth Moniz’s (HAW) priority that afforded him the perfect sections to go to the air.
“The conditions were better than this morning, so it was a good call,” Medina said. “I tried to make the most of my waves, looking for the sections to do a big punt. It’s good when you land airs, because it keeps you motivated to just go bigger. The fans mean a lot to me. The tour is long, so the support from local crowds means so much. I appreciate it and I love Portugal, I’m happy to be here.”
Defending event winner Griffin Colapinto (USA) and Jackson Baker (AUS) shared an electrifying exchange of waves, pushing each other to go bigger and better on every ride. Baker grabbed an early lead, but it only fired up Colapinto even more who started to put on a show. Colapinto put extra flair in his turns and boosted a full rotation air to score a 7.83. He then backed it up with a 6.60 for a single maneuver, throwing everything he had into a menacing section.
“I like that you just need to read the ocean here, because you’ll never know where or when a wave is going to pop up,” Colapinto said. “When a wave does come, you get all excited and you just need to make it happen. My mantra is just to have fun. Everyone in the contest is just so good, Jackson is such a good surfer and you have to bring your best in every heat. You can’t wait to peak in the final, you need to be ready to pull out every trick you have.”
The next call will be on Tuesday, March 14, 6:50 a.m GMT at Supertubos.