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Gabriel Medina wins Fiji Pro and moves back to top of ASP WCT rankings

June 6th, 2014
Gabriel Medina (BRA) celebrates his victory at the Fiji Pro with runner-up Nat Young (USA)  Credit: ASP / Kirstin

Gabriel Medina (BRA) celebrates his victory at the Fiji Pro with runner-up Nat Young (USA)  Credit: ASP / Kirstin

TAVARUA, Fiji (Friday, June 6, 2014): A thrilling finals day saw Brazilian Gabriel Medina reign supreme by winning the Fiji Pro, stop No. 5 of 11 on the 2014 Samsung Galaxy ASP World Championship Tour (WCT), and moving back to the top of the ASP WCT rankings.

Competing in n three-to-five foot (1 – 1.5 metre) surf at Cloudbreak near Tavarua Island, Medina recorded his second WCT victory of the season by defeating 2013 Rookie of the Year, Nat Young (USA), in a hard-fought final.

The Brazilian got out of the gates first while Young waited 10 minutes before posting a score. Medina answered back with a near-perfect 9.87 for a series of barrel sections and sizzling snaps to extend his lead. Young fought hard but Medina’s additional 8.53 left the American in need of two high scores for the win. Young was unable to break the combination, cementing Medina’s fourth career ASP WCT victory.

“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.”

Young posted his best result of the 2014 season today after finishing his third WCT final as runner-up. He topped reigning three-time ASP World Champion Mick Fanning on route to the final but, despite being on excellent form throughout the competition, wasn’t able to find the scores he needed to surpass Medina for victory.

“Third final and third runner-up finish so that’s frustrating,” said Nat Young. “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.”

Michel Bourez (PYF), the rankings leader going into Fiji, was defeated by Young in the first semi-final and secured a third-place finish moving him to No. 2 in the rankings.
“I’m really disappointed with that because I made a mistake on my second to last wave,” said Bourez. “Nat (Young) 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 semis and got another good result.”

Kolohe Andino (USA) backed up his Billabong Rio Pro runner-up finish with an equal 3rd place in the Fiji Pro after facing eventual event winner Gabriel Medina (BRA) in the second semi-final.

“It was a good event for me,” said Andino. “Gabriel (Medina) kind of went nuts in our semi 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.”

South Africans Jordy Smith and Travis Logie finished equal 13th and equal 25th respectively in the Fiji Pro. Smith was the top scorer on opening day of the event but was ousted in Round 3 by Felipe Toledo (BRA). Logie bowed out in a Round 2 duel with Adrian Buchan (AUS)

The next stop on the 2014 Samsung Galaxy ASP World Championship Tour is the J Bay Open at Jeffreys Bay, South Africa, from July 10 – 21, 2014.

For more information, check out aspworldtour.com.

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

Fiji Pro Semifinal Results:
Semi-final 1: Nat Young (USA)14.00 def. Michel Bourez (PYF) 12.10
Semi-final 2: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 17.50 vs. Kolohe Andino (USA) 9.57

ASP World Championship Tour Rankings (After stop #5 – Fiji Pro)
1 Gabriel Medina (BRA) 30950
2 Michel Bourez (PYF) 28750
3 Kelly Slater (USA) 28600
4 Taj Burrow (AUS) 26750
5 Joel Parkinson (AUS) 26400
6 Adriano De Souza (BRA) 24900
7 Nat Young (USA) 24150
8 Mick Fanning (AUS) 22650
9 Kolohe Andino (USA) 18500
10 Josh Kerr (AUS) 18250

11 Jordy Smith (ZAF) 16650
24 Travis Logie (ZAF) 7250

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