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Gabriel Medina Wins the SuperSurf Internacional Prime

| posted on June 07, 2011

Gabriel Medina, 2011 SuperSurf Internacional Champion. Photo: Courtesy of ASP

PRAIA DA VILA, Imbituba, Santa Catarina / Brazil ( Sunday, June 5, 2011) – The young Brazilian, Gabriel Medina, 17, wins the ASP PRIME Supersurf Internacional Prime with a perfect 10 in spectacular conditions with sunny skies, no wind and long left-handers breaking in the 6-8 foot range (2-3 meters) along Praia da Vila in the final day of competition against veteran Australian surfer, Tom Whitaker, 31.
Boosting two big airs in the Final heat, an emotional Medina thanked the crowd on the beach for cheering him on.

“I don’t know what to say,” said Gabriel Medina. “I won the event two years ago in Florianopolis when I was 15, but this is unbelievable! It’s the first time I surfed here at Praia da Vila and I wanted to do well. I brought my entire family and I felt right at home. I just wanted to thank everyone here in Imbituba and my sponsors, because without them, I wouldn’t be here.”

Tom Whitaker (AUS) started off the final heat scoring a 6.83. But Medina came back by paddling into a wave and began by throwing a big frontside air, followed by consecutive turns ending in another big air, scoring a 9.10 out of a possible 10 points. With the support from the crowd on the beach, an inspired Medina added on a perfect 10 point ride on a wave that saw him start off by boosting another big frontside aerial followed by a cutback and another series of sensational turns at Praia da Vila.

“Gabriel was the best surfer of the event, without a doubt,” said Tom Whitaker. “Nobody was able to beat him today. It’s nice to see a young surfer winning such an important event as this one. I think the future of Brazilian surfing is guaranteed and I think everyone should be proud to have such a talented surfer. I love this place, I’ve had good results here (Whitaker was the Runner-Up at the Brazilian ASP World Tour event in 2004) and so I’m happy with a good finish.”

In the semifinal heat against Richard Christie (NZL), Gabriel Medina was able to show his speed and vast repertoire of progressive surfing by throwing a “Superman” and several stylish laybacks, carves and off-the-tops.

“I really wanted to make it into the Final, but there wasn’t much I could do with Gabriel (Medina) surfing the way he did,” said Richard Christie (NZL). “I watched his heat against Damien (Hobgood) and he was throwing one crazy air after another. I knew he was going to do the same thing against me. He deserves congratulations and I’m happy with my result here because I earned some valuable ranking points.”

Christie went from number 55 on the ASP World Ranking to number 44. Gabe Kling (USA) who also made it to the semifinals jumped from 47th to 41st with the 4,225 points he received with his equal 3rd place finish at Imbituba.

“It was a tough heat,” said Gabe Kling. “I even thought I won on that last wave I caught. I think maybe I needed a stronger first turn, but a 3rd place is great for me. The waves were great the whole day and I think it made up for the difficult conditions yesterday (Saturday).”

The SuperSurf Internacional Prime 2011 is presented by Peugeot and produced by Editora Abril. This ASP Prime event is also sponsored by the State of Santa Catarina and FUNDESPORTE and with the support of The City of Imbituba, FECASURF and the Surfer’s Association of Imbituba with exclusive coverage by ESPN Brasil.

Champion: Gabriel Medina (BRA) – 19.10 points – US$ 40,000 and 6,500 points
Runner-up: Tom Whitaker (AUS) – 10.66 points – US$ 20,000 and 5,200 points

SEMIFINALS – 3rd place – US$ 11,000 and 4,225 points:
SF 1: Tom Whitaker (AUS) 13.73 def. 13.10 Gabe Kling (USA)
SF 2: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 19.60 def. 15.20 Richard Christie (NZL)

QUARTER FINALS – 5th place – US$ 7,000 and 3,120 points:
QF 1: Tom Whitaker (AUS) 17.10 def. 14.27 Hizunome Bettero (BRA)
QF 2: Gabe Kling (USA) 12.50 def. 7.97 Mason Ho (HAW)
QF 3: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 19.73 def. 13.74 Damien Hobgood (USA)
QF 4: Richard Christie (NZL) 14.77 def. 13.93 Dylan Graves (PRI)

ROUND OF 12 – 1st = Quarter Finals / 2nd = 9th place (US$ 5,000 and 2,400 pts):
Heat 1: Hizunome Bettero (BRA) 15.20 def. 13.57 Raoni Monteiro (BRA)
Heat 2: Mason Ho (HAW) 14.53 def. 13.00 Ricardo dos Santos (BRA)
Heat 3: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 14.67 def. 11.50 Miguel Pupo (BRA)
Heat 4: Dylan Graves (PRI) 13.83 def. 10.80 Royden Bryson (ZAF)

  • Danny

    That’s real funny….Gabriel Medina, 17 years, win his SECOND prime with one of the most unbelievable performances ever on the final day: 19.73 IN THE QUARTES, 19.6 IN THE SEMIS, 19.1 ON THE FINAL in 8 fees waves doing airs, carvs, reentries…you name it

    MICK FANNING TWITTER – Wow Gabe Medina just went mental 4 9+ rides in one heat settle down groom hahaha…

    If were the likes of Kolohe andino the media would say, like some athletes and people who saw it, how game changing and historic was the performance…even if Gabriel had lost in the final just for the quarters and semi would be historic enough.

    But Surfer Mag just paste the article of ASP and put it on the sidebar of the website…sad!

  • Me, myself and I.

    Dont worry Danny. They are pretty stupid. I mean, i only the knew…

    Surfer, Im gonna give you some advice, I suggest you read it very carefully.

    I understand that your major market is English speaking countries. No sweat on that, but for the website, please act like a real enterprises.
    Here are some facts you are missing when you dont give brazilians the proper credit:

    Today, we are the second largest market for surfing, with a boosting economy and lots of young people(our population is not old yet, like first world countries tend to be).
    Most of the kids that surf in Brazil come from wealthy families(yes, surfing here is kinda of an elite sport). That being said, these kids consume very hard(we are kinda like the americans when I comes to this…. We do buy stuff. We love it… Just check Paris, NY and Disney).
    Furthermore, being from wealthy families, the kids can actually read, speak and write in english(not that well, but better than most of posts we see here), so they will read what you have to say…

    Bottom line is: Pretty big market to overlook, hun?