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Think of the Children

Gabriel Medina, we love you, but please stop surfing in Junior events

| posted on November 07, 2013
Medina

Gabriel Medina takes off to his World Junior Championship with little regard for who he left in his wake. Photo: ASP

As one of the most talented surfers on the planet, it should come as no surprise that Gabriel Medina has a World Junior Championship notch in his belt. What should strike you as odd, however, is that it didn’t happen years ago when he was transitioning from the Pro Junior circuit onto the ’QS. It happened just this past weekend.

When you’re winning events on the World Tour, something tells me that you may have outgrown competing in Pro Junior comps. Yes, he’s only 19, and yes, he met every criteria required to surf in the event, but can you imagine what was going on in the minds of those poor young souls who drew him in a heat? After all, the man just dusted the likes of Travis Logie, Ace Buchan, Jordy Smith, and Julian Wilson to finish runner up at the Quik Pro France. It was as if LeBron—after playing in the NBA for three years—decided to go and play college ball and, surprise, dominated the shit out of his opposition.

To the point, in the last day of the comp, Medina posted the highest score of each round, eventually peaking in the Final against Morocco’s Ramzi Boukhiam, where he dropped a high 9 and solid 8-point ride to take the win. A quick glance at the highlight reel speaks volumes. While there’s no denying that the other juniors in the event will take surfing to new realms as they mature, it was evident that at this point in time, Medina was literally surfing at a higher level. (Read: World Tour level. Because that’s where he should be competing.) The top four finishers in the comp were also seeded into the Round of 96 in upcoming Prime and 6-Star events, giving them an opportunity to fast-track their push from the ‘QS to the World Tour. By winning the event, Medina essentially blocked one of the other junior competitors from the “fast-track” seeding.

With more than a month-long break between Portugal and Pipeline, it’s easy to understand why Medina would want to keep himself sharp. After all, you don’t make it to the World Tour without a sickening commitment to competition. Plus, the event was held while he was at home in Brazil and it was probably convenient. But there’s an adage that plays into this kind of thought: just because you can do something, doesn’t necessarily mean that you should.

To be fair, I rang up a few pros to get their take on the matter. To my surprise, there were mixed reactions. Some agreed with my sentiment while others argued that it was a fantastic opportunity for the juniors to compete against someone of Gabs’ caliber. Had Ramzi won, they argued, imagine what that would have done for his career. But then again, one quick look at the recap and it is abundantly clear that that was never going to happen.

Yes, Gabs, you were by far and away the best surfer in the comp. Hands down. And man do I love to watch you surf. But on behalf of all the groms out there, please, stick to the Primes and World Tour comps from here on out. Give the other kids a chance to make a name for themselves.

  • mangemongland

    Just another illustration of how much of a little brat he is (if we needed one)

    • Dandaman

      Do you live under a bridge?

    • james

      I’m sure you were so much more wordly and mature at 19 than GB is. Amazing how people judge someone else as if they live inside that person and know exactly what’s he’s thinking, what his motives are, what kind of person he is, etc. when you really don’t know anything at all except what you see on a contest webcast.

  • yo momma

    I guess you’re right. But then again, it’s kind of the industry’s fault he did that, no? I mean, when you look at the list of previous WJS champs (DeSouza, Parko, AI), it might be just natural for the kid to feel a little pressure to go out, smoke everyone in the comp, get the title and the bucks and go home, no? I mean, blame it on “the market”, and partially on Medina to let himself be influenced like that.

    Either way, I also felt that he did not belong there. Like the Lebron example.

  • Vic

    I’m from Brazil and of course love to see this kid surf. But I do agreed with the point. Kolohe and others could be there too and then would be a fair battle. It totally lose the point of having a Jr comp.

  • Haterz

    Bullshit…Parko won the pro Junior twice…while older than Medina AND winning WCT events.

    • Cornelius Harris

      Parko made the world tour at 20… medina is 19… he won a world tour event before he was on the world tour as a wild card…

      • Ben

        Parko won JBay at 18 I believe.

    • James B

      Well, i guess Mr. Jeff Mull had a little bit of “amnesia” about Joel Parkinson´s junior world titles….

      • ThatDank

        shut up james b

      • tunerbowl

        yeah james B shut up

    • Max

      I agree Medina has every reason to win the pro Junior. Its better to have top gun Juniors like Medina, John John, Kolohe etc push the Junior level. Look how many WCT champs have won the Junior. If you don’t push the Juniors when they hit the WCT to swim with the sharks they won’t make round 3 after facing Kelly, Mick, Medina, Taj, Filipe or the Spartan.. In the end Medina etc. helps the Juniors.

      • James B

        Good call!

  • Pete

    Given that its Gabs’ first Junior World Title then I would give him a pass. He qualifies for the event and just because someone is too good is not a valid reason for denying him his first Junior World Title. Quite simply to be the best you have to beat the best.

  • Ztrois

    Gabriel Medina is still a boy and is learning to follow the rules and judging criteria set by the ASP. I think it is very difficult to condemn the attitude of a young and want it to have the personality and consciousness of an adult. Currently, Gabriel is one of the most talked about by journalists surfers and surfing fans, because it was a watershed in WT. After 2011, where he won 2 championships in 6, with aerial maneuvers and turns of frontside and backside, there was a revolution that culminated in the ASP judging criteria favorable to the old surf and consequently for some surfers.
    The fact is that Gabriel Medina is a monster that emerges when the ASP allowed, and that when the ASP doesn’t, he cries or vibrates in playing champagne in the face of old surfers.
    I believe that we should judge unless this kid for his actions in ASP, because what is better, a boy who cries because he was clearly stolen, or an unshaven face world champion making a fuck double for the other surfer in the final championship . So, I prefer to see Gabriel being judged correctly in the WJC , instead of seeing this kid sad or angry in a WT of old foxes. I wrote in another comment on the ASP judging criteria, which I hope they don’t do with Gabriel Medina, John John and other young surfers what they did with Dane Reynolds and Bobby Martinez, but if it happens, I think it will be very good for surfing to welcome another idol for rebels with a cause.

    • Sean Harvey

      My first reaction when I heard the story was the same: should he be competing in junior events? But then I said heck yea! If he qualifies, go for it. He should not be penalized for being on tour. It’s good for the spectators. It’s in his home country. It’s good for the event that the best are competing. It’s even good for his fellow competitors. This opinion is of the “every kid deserves a trophy” mindset that is bad for sports in the long run. No coddling!

  • James B

    Ohhhh… So beautifull to see mr. Jeff Mull, the protector of young junior surfers worldwide…. Jeff, wake up to life!!!

    • .,

      Maybe you should do the same

  • Renato Akui

    Stupid opinion.
    Gab’s can surf in the junior events and if he want to do it, be happy.
    It is funny to hear a guy talking in that way about the victory in the WT junior. Just look at the past champions AI, JP, Adriano, Jordy.
    Everyone would like to be in that list.

  • Jimmy McGrath

    I do think that Gab can compete in the Jr’s title simply because he technically and legally qualifies.
    I know, as a junior, it would scare me to death and wreck me mentally the second I saw my name under his for the same heat. The heat probably wouldn’t be that much fun because I’d be more nervous that usual. But in the long run, that type of competition should be better for me. It should prepare me for what to expect in the future-To see what other surfers are capable of.
    But as for Gab, I agree with the writer, that just because Gab can compete doesn’t necessarily mean he should compete. Maybe he needed a mental boost or something, but I do not think he should have competed against kids who are not on the same level as him. I believe that the best way to get better at surfing (or anything for that matter) is to surf with those who are better than you. But props to Gab on a fair and square win.

  • Luca

    of course, the same shit wasn’t posted when Freestone won last year. Freestone was born on the 3rd April 1992 while Gabriel was born on the 22nd December 1993.

    If the “kids” cant keep up with their level, I’m sorry to say, but fuck the kids.

    • JeffH

      How does that apply? What has Freestone done on the next level?

      • Luca

        Ar you saying that he does not stand out? Then why it seems that every magazine is propping up the kid? Pure hype?

        I dunno. I do believe that among the Juniors, Mr. Freestone actually stands out (maybe not as much as medina, but way above 95% of all the other kids).
        Should he quit the juniors as well?
        Seriously?

        You guys make no sense whatsoever.

        • matt obrien

          Lucayou make no sense.. seriously. Freestone IS a Jrs. level surfer working toward the Bigs. Medina Is the Bigs. That said, I think nothing wrong with Gabriel doing event myself … BUT even my wife who doesn’t follow pro surfing knew GM was gonna win the thing (once I told he was in the event). Even she knows who Gabriel Medina is (she knows a little bit thanks to me). Wonder why Filipe didn’t surf it? He is a Jr & a Brazilian too…

          • Caio Guedes

            matt… filipe was expected to compete in the jr. event, but he had an injury playing soccer at the beach … one day before the event!!!

          • matt obrien

            thanks. bummer, hope it doesn’t sideline him for Pipe. I am stoked on the kid. He is fun to watch!

          • james

            Speaking of soccer, I think the fact that nearly every living Brazilian plays or has played is one reason you see so many good young Brazilian surfers. Quick feet, great balance, fast decision-making.

  • Ztrois

    Gabriel Medina is still a boy and is learning to follow the rules and judging criteria set by the ASP . I think it is very difficult to condemn the attitude of a young and want it to have the personality and consciousness of an adult . Currently , Gabriel is one of the most talked about by journalists surfers and surfing fans, because it was a watershed in WT . After 2011 , where he won two championships in 6 , with aerial maneuvers and turns of frontside and backside , there was a revolution that culminated in the ASP judging criteria favorable to the old surf and consequently for some surfers .
    The fact is that Gabriel Medina is a monster that emerges when the ASP allowed , and that when the ASP does not, he cries or vibrates in playing champagne in the face of old surfers
    I believe that we should judge unless this kid for his actions in ASP , because what is better, a boy who cries because he was clearly stolen , or an unshaven face, world champion, making a fuck double for the other competitor in the final championship. So , I prefer to see Gabriel being judged correctly in WJC, instead of seeing this kid sad or angry in a WT of old foxes.

    • Duck

      So he sprayed champagne on Fanning’s face cause he was angry? GTFO.

  • JeffH

    No kidding. Was totally surprised to see him in there…

  • Poop

    Didn’t read anything but the title, but I am glad at least one mag went out and stated this. Guy is a sandbagger.

    • james

      Define the term. How is he a sandbagger. That’s someone who pretends to be weak and then turns up strong. That is NOT Medina. I don’t even love Medina but feel compelled to redirect on some of the commenters lame thinking.

  • Victor Torres Coutinho

    Sponsors. That’s the answer for all of those questions.
    You can look for the situation of Raoni Monteiro, a brasilian guy qualified for WCT without money to go to the events.
    Just three years ago, when Raoni won at Sunset we don’t imagine it can happens, but… it’s the life here in Brasil. Another comercial reality totally different than yours and we don’t know nothing about tomorrow.

  • Johnny Wayne Bobbitt

    Gabe went because he had nothing else to do at the same time, because this event was back home, and did I mention he cashed in a 25G appearance fee as well ? HOME + Easy World Title + 25 large. What do you expect, seriously ?

    • Luca

      Yes. You said eveything.
      What would you do? Not compete?
      this article is a joke.

  • chard

    had he won one before this year? if not then i think its ok so he has one for the record. but if he had one already then he should pass on the rest.

  • Fishboard´Twin

    THINK OF GABRIEL´S CAREER.
    2013 was not a good year for him and with this title the year will not go blank.
    In a few years he’ll look back and will have in the pocket a Junior World Title and that´s amazing. He did well because he should think about his career and not in others. It’s not his fault that other kids (with the same age!) were not in the same level as him.

  • Eduardo Nepomuceno Dias

    I have a different opinion, having GM on Jr events you push the level of the “younger” surfers, I think they should be stoked to have an opportunity of competing against him…I would tell the same for Kolohe, JJ and many other young super talented Jr surfers.

    • Ricardo

      I think the same! It’s a honor to have Medina as your opponent, do your best as well as getting your surfing level up

    • Caio Guedes

      don’t forget that Gabriel almost lost in round 3…. he needed a 9+ score and made it under 2 minutes….

  • John Kirkland

    What do they call it when you can and should advance to the next level of competition? Oh yeah, sandbaggin’ ! As if he doesn’t know, he’s milkin’ it for all it’s worth…

    • Max

      I think everyone’s tripping on Medina. So Gabe’s a professional surfer who committed the crime of – you guessed it – surfing a comp. What next? Should Gabe blog in for permission to drop a turd. What do you say when your buddies come to pick you up when its 6 foot barrels – “hey guys I better check first on the blog we aren’t hurting anyone’s feelings before we hit it”. People like Maya and Gabe are born to surf – we can’t oppress free spirits from a sport they were born to do. When the dust settles on Gabe’s careers he will have raised the bar. For Kelly, AI, Carol, Curren etc we’re all richer – lets see how far Gabe can take it.

  • Marcos

    That argument sounded good a couple of years ago for Kelly as well. He should have retired and let the poor Aussies win an world title.
    If Medina is so good at his age and can surf the competition it’s his merit alone.

  • Marcio Soares Jr

    I can´t belive that Surfer Magazine posted such a ridiculous article. Based on what? What a bullshit. Rules are rules, he is 19 and has the same right of anyone else among 21 years old.

  • ROGER PG

    I just don’t agree. What if he never becomes a WT world champion? Since he is that good, he had to prove it by winning the junior world title and he did it.

  • dan

    thinking that way, KS should stop too… to give some chance to others……

    • ThatDank

      nah. there is nothing above the CT so kelly can’t graduate. For medina, there is something above the juniors, so he can graduate.

  • tommy_one

    If he meets the criteria and has the talent he should win. Don’t like the rules? Change them.

  • Bruno

    did you take a page from Laird Hamilton’s book of jealousy before you wrote this article?

    • rspkt

      Ahahaha. Nice.

  • Peter

    KS has outgrown competing in the WT a long time ago. Isn’t 11 enough. Yes, KS, you were by far and away the best surfer in the tour. On behalf of all groms out there, please, stick to coaching and commenting. Give the other kids a chance to make a name for themselves.

    • matt obrien

      Umm the WT is a professional tour. Kelly is a professional, why shouldn’t he still be there? Because he is too old? Last I checked, the only age restrictions for competing on the tour is IF you are under 18 (unless under the care of adult). which hasn’t sopped Filipe, or other kids under 18. Kelly should keep going till he is damn good and ready!

      • james

        Hey Matt, irony alert!

    • Sean Harvey

      This is a good example. Should Kelly stop hogging all the trophies in the name of sportsmanship?

    • Peter

      Hey Matt, don’t you understand sarcasm?

  • Dan Brennan

    I’m gonna go out on a limb here and say Medina should stick with one or the other for now. Even if he does technically qualify for the Junior, since he has already thrown down results and placed in events for the world tour, he should probably stay with it. I’m a bit of a GM hater admittedly so, but the first thing that comes to mind is he is just trying to rack up wins among a field of potentially lesser competition. I get it, he has a responsibility to lead a successful career, but I completely agree with Mr. Mull here and think gabby should stick to the world tour competing against the big guns. In the end I just want to see him get smoked by seasoned vets while he is trying to launch the same air over and over again. Can’t wait til he grows into a mature surfer. =)

    • Duck

      You had me at ” I’m a bit of a GM hater”.

      • james

        Exactly. He loves to compete. He loves to win. He wants to stay sharp. He’s legal to compete in the juniors. Not going to do the other juniors any favors by allowing one more to get a fast-track pass to the next level if he didn’t earn it. If you’re thinking about a career as a touring pro, you better be ready to face the best — yes, even as a junior. I love the Kelly comparison everyone has raised.

    • Helder Bras

      Dont you remenber the same hack that Mick Fanning has?? Fu**ing boring…

  • jp

    There are many things I dislike about Medina, but there is no reason to bash the kid for competing in the juniors if he’s still at the right age. He followed the rules, as someone said already, “Dont like the rules? Change them”

  • Jamie

    “Give the other kids a chance to make a name for themselves” they had it, by stepping up to the talent of a peer, another 19 year old. This article is a joke, it’s like saying because Kelly’s won 11 world titles he should stop competing to give everyone else a chance.

    • Caio Guedes

      let’s imagine how would be remembered the world jr champion if Medina wasn’t competing… maybe like Occy,Sunny and CJ back in 99,00 and 01… *kelly’s vacations. I’m sure they would feel like they really were the best of the world if Kelly was competing against them!!!

    • good_is_good

      thats right pal… what should Kelly do then based on that criteria? create an alien world tour for surfers above their 30′s and more than 5 titles? he would have to compete against… ups! …himself!
      it wouldn’t be fair for the other kids to win by default… you have to fight for your place on the top

  • Mac1414

    Don’t see that he did anything wrong. I say congrats! He proved he was the best Jr maybe he needed that to affirm his commitment to the WT. Success breeds success and to all the other nineteen year old’s, if he can do it? You can too….

  • Duck

    Jeff Mull, I just threw up. What a disgusting, full of prejudice piece of crap. And Surfer, it’s for articles like this that I cancelled my subscription.

  • Daniel Jacobsen

    Why this story was written only after his victory? If he had lost was all right. Bullshit!

    • Francis Peterson

      Well done Daniel Jacobsen. Perfect words!!

  • michael

    that was the worst perspective i have ever read. Its called a Pro Junior. Thats it, stop making a absurd piss show out of it.

  • Matt

    its the world title Gab or any other brazo is going to win , still makes him look a little sad by going back to jnr comps after he is already on the ct

  • Sean Harvey

    My first reaction when I heard the story was the same: should he be competing in junior events? But then I said heck yea! If he qualifies, go for it. He should not be penalized for being on tour. It’s good for the spectators. It’s in his home country. It’s good for the event that the best are competing. It’s even good for his fellow competitors. This opinion is of the “every kid deserves a trophy” mindset that is bad for sports in the long run. No coddling!

  • cuttiesandfloaters

    Why didn’t you talk to the other competitors instead of ringing up a few pros? If I were a junior surfer I’d want to surf against the best full stop. Ridiculous article.

  • SB

    Surely Gabby deserves to be recognised as the best in his age bracket because he is holding his own on the bigger stage?

  • Renato Tinoco

    the problem is, he was way ahead of his time, so this was his last opportunity do get the. title. Well done Gab, at least at this comp the ASP Mafia, did not atempt to put him down as the have been latelly!

  • andrew

    The real issue is that the sport of surfing doesn’t have a distinction between amateur and professional status. I think what Jeff Mull wants to say is that in order for there to be class distinctions in our sport there needs to be more concrete rules, among which qualification and/or participation at the WCT level should disqualify guys from seemingly “amateur” events, such as junior competition. Jack Freestone would not apply in this arrangement because he cannot/has not been able to qualify/compete at the WCT level. I completely agree with Jeff Mull, and I think Gabriel deserves many congratulations. He fucking shreds. And yet, the future of our sport needs to be less of a clusterfuck of class and rankings, which is why WCT surfers should not be allowed to surf junior events. Now, I don’t think Medina shouldn’t surf Junior events because he’s too good. I think he shouldn’t because he transcended Junior status when he qualified for the World Tour. Take the Olympic games pre 1988 for example: an athlete had to maintain his or her amateur status in order to compete, which for many meant refusing to compete at levels more suited to their ability. And as to Joel winning two while on the CT, who the fuck could even follow the tour back then? There was no internet.

    • james

      Hey, someone with sound thoughts on the matter.

    • Gorik Badinskas

      I know personally a few of the “kids” that enter the Pro Junior Series and, believe me, they’re exactly that – Pros! They make a LOT, repeat LOT more money than I do and I have to support my family, so this bullshit about amateurs is highly misleading.
      Even in the Olympics the supposed amateur status has been outdated since early 20th century. If you want a committed, efficient athlete he has to dedicate himself to the sport, and the supposed amateur status has always been changing its requirements from training (yes, if someone proved that you actually trained in the 1900′s you were deemed a professional).
      Just a dumb, not really well sorted article by our “professional” journalists, AH!

  • soso

    Jeff your is crazy

  • Caio Guedes

    dear jeff…

    I totally agree that Gabe is on a different level of surfing… ct level…. or potentially worldchampion level… like no other kid on that jr. comp

    but we have to consider many other aspects…

    1-try to tell the local kids on the beach that medina should not compete… lots of people were there only to see Medina.

    2-i think every kid should watch Medina surfing… so they can improve their skills… osmosis!!!

    3-brazil is a poor country… 3rd world in so many aspects… a few years ago we were receiveing many more important comps… we are missing the days when we had 3 primes (only 1 in 2013), 4 ****** QS (none in 2013, i guess) , other QS’s and a CT event. we had also a strong national division (gone too) …so…. THAT JR COMP WAS REALLY IMPORTANT FOR US!!!

    plus…

    4-Florianópolis was the place were Medina won his first important title… a 6star QS beating the local hero NECO PADARATZ, and others CT surfers on the way… I WAS THERE AND I KNEW HE WOULD BE A STAR!!!

    5- MEDINA HAD NEVER LOST A HEAT IN SANTA CATARINA!!! the jr. event was his third comp in the state (santa catarina)… the second event was a prime event wich he won making 20/20 in the final… qualificating to the wct… OUR PLACE IS A SPECIAL PLACE TO HIM!!!

    6- to finish… MEDINA IS AN IDOL, A HERO, A STAR… and brasil is not used to brazilian idols… we need idols… we need medina competing here. It’s important for the new generations to watch him live. in a few years we’ll see the result of all this hype.

    so…. i am waiting for your answer… did you thought about any of these aspects before…

    i could write many more reasons… if you want it, ask me…

    • Caio Guedes

      ok, late moderation… still waiting for some words of mr. mull on my comment…tks

  • Rick Kuhnla

    If he was smart he would have been in Hawaii training for Pipe.

  • Andrew

    Maybe he’s just sick of getting robbed by the judges when he clearly surfs better than his opponents.

  • joss

    Go Gabriel!!! Your the best!

  • zbah

    Judging by his behavior on the ct maybe he should be back on the junior level until he grows up a little more.

  • Mark

    The fact that Gabriel is in such a higher level should be a alert for the other kids, not motive of clemency by the media

  • rafa

    He’s keeping in shape for Hawaii, has the apropriate age for the competition and it IS a privilege to the kids to compete against Gabriel, ask Ramzi if he would have chosen to beat Gabriel or not to compete against him at all..

  • Bob

    Think of the Children
    ????
    He’s a children!!!

  • Luiz Campos

    Why don’t talk about Jordy Smith ……?

  • Marcio

    This is the worst article ever. Medina never won a Junior title ever before this one. This was a great accomplishment for him and his career. Also, I am sure his presence pushed all the other competitors to their highest level. Just because he is on the CT, does not means that is not fair that he participates into Juniors. It is kinda of racists. I am sure if was any american or Australian, you guys would be sucking their dicks. That is why I never use this stupid website. Surfline has much more credibility and competence and this bullshit.

  • Yan Borges

    Jeff Mull, you are been ridiculous here. Your article is completely bias and one-sided. The good thing is Medina has a good head between his shoulders and this stupid article does not change his approach or how his fans perceive the situation. If this was Kolohe Andino, Nat Young or any of the American surfers on the WT the article would be all forward and positive. Medina can compete in the Juniors simply because of his age, and if he is way ahead of the competition, than that’s a problem for the competition not Medina’s problem.
    Surfer magazine is loosing subscribers by the minute because instead of informing and keeping the mag strictly about surfing it is turning into a gossip magazine of the surfing world, written by bias writers that would rather criticize and gossip about surfers than write a positive, constructive article about surfing.

  • sergio kligin

    oh shit! that is a really terrible occupation for SURFERMAG. He surfing a lot, He’s 19 what fuck is the problem?

  • Stu Azole

    Ah, ‘merica, where competition is a way of life, unless you’re too good, then it’s not fair and you should just let someone else win! I can’t believe this is a real article.

  • Mik

    So, you’re saying they should change the rules if the Junior Champ turns out to be Brazilian? Like the XXL view that Laird expressed?

    This anti-Brazilian fervor in the Surf world has exposed an ugly underbelly of racism, favoritism, and stupidity both in the public, and in the ASP with its generally inconsistent weirdness (let’s not forget the anti Taj regime, alongside other obvious biases).

    Go find something else to rant on Mull, because Medina was qualified to compete, and it really just speaks of how talented he is to be so successful at such a young age.

  • Marcio

    This is the worst article ever. Medina never won a Junior title ever before this one. This was a great accomplishment for him and his career. Also, I am sure his presence pushed all the other competitors to their highest level. Just because he is on the WCT, does not means that is not fair that he participates into Juniors. It is kinda of racists. I am sure if was any american or Australian, you guys would be saying “Congratz”.

  • Burckauser

    jesus christ, people!
    give gabriel a break.

  • mauifern

    Mr. Mull must be hanging out with Laird or maybe he lost a girlfriend to a Brazilian…It happens…
    As far as Gabriel , he filed all the criteria , and just because he is at an advanced level , it doesn’t mean he can’t add a World Champ Junior Title to his career…
    Keep your opinions on the positive side Jeff , nobody likes a Debbie Downer…

  • Stu Azole

    Jeff Mull = Kolohe’s pen name?

  • Neko

    Surely this site is with nothing better to post… What a nonsense article… Hey SURFER´s people, show us something nice. I am sure you can…

  • Tk

    Go talk to Kelly leaving the circuit coz he has won 11 times. I want to see if his theories are accepted!

  • Jack Tequila

    Jeef fav song prob is “Thank heaven for little girls / For little girls get bigger every day! /
    Thank heaven for little girls / They grow up in the most delightful way! / Those little eyes so helpless and appealing / One day will flash and send you crashin’ thru the ceilin’ / Thank heaven for little girls.” U weirdo

  • bruce

    hey by this logic, the guys who have qualified for the the 2014 should sit out the Hawaiian events just to give the other guys a chance. I suggest you stop taking ideas for articles from fantasy surfer forum threads. They are barely worth a read there and definitely not worth it on the surfermag website.

  • ThatDank

    Gabriel Medina is a professional surfer. Anybody who is a professional at anything; the ultimate goal is to make as much money as possible, whether people agree or disagree, this is a fact. If there are opportunities for Gabriel Medina to make himself a better surfer, surf more events, and make more money, then he should absolutely do it and not get scrutinized.

    But seriously Gabs. Stop crying.

  • gym

    well……he is Brasilian…perhaps he should of been seeded to the finals or skip that just have the contest for the second place and on down…great article in my so humble opinion

  • Ben

    Bullshit. Too many surfers on tour as it is. Nobody cares to see the second-tier Simpos and such battle it out with the John Johns and Kellys of the world. It’s good for a world class surfer to mow ‘em down.

  • Bruno
  • Leandro Gallo

    hAHAHAHAHA Dont Cry Jeff !!!

    The Kids have to know what to expect going in WCT

    Its like a TEST !!!

    Go Medina !!

  • Fernstein

    Kelly Slater, we love you, but please stop surfing in WT’s events… He met every criteria required to surf in those events, but can you imagine what was going on in the minds of those poor surfing souls who drew him in a heat? He sould be surfing the senior division! :S
    HATERS GONNA HATE

  • David

    Good for the juniors, they get a lesson in what it takes to win on the WCT tour. If they put a rule in saying once you’re on the tour, you can no longer compete in the jr.’s, then so be it. For now, they should just train and surf more, seeing as it’s freakish how well the ‘CT guys are surfing, and that’s where they all strive to be.

  • Denis

    What about being 42 and 12 world title on the ASP world tour? there’s no limit for this guy ans there’s a limit for the others? is there a place in the ASP world tour for the others? this is my question.

  • eastside

    brazilian surfers generally have little style and love surfing contests. am i wrong? what is the problem here? the little twerps getting dusted probably deserve it.

  • josef

    Coco Ho, Pauline Ado and Laura Enever competed in the junior event at the US open of surfing in 2011, when coco was ranked 6th in the world, Pauline 9th and Laura 10th. It happens even in junior events which are worth nothing. So who cares?? These under 21s who cant compete against professionals do not deserve our pity because they are living the dream

  • Guest

    its just a matter of time before SURFER turns to STAB!

  • tunerbowl

    It is just a matter of time before SURFER turns to STAB.

  • Joshs

    And this why pro surfing is stupid

  • Tyler Durden

    the people who got beat by him should get better and they wont lose

  • Nick Hill

    I completely disagree. He’s a junior. Instead of thinking of it as sandbagging the juniors, consider how incredible that these kids are surfing UP in the World Tour ranks.

    In order for the World Juniors to maintain ANY relevance, the Medinas, Toledos, Andinos, Moores, Hos, and all the other best juniors in the world need to be present. It brings excitement to the event and gets the fans and sponsors interested. The juniors already lost their venue, they better hope they can convince some of the talent to stick around.

  • Pedro

    Rules are meant to be followed, sometimes broken or better yet utilized to fulfill fairness in any given sport. Gabriel Medina Followed, did not break any and clearly utilized these contest rules to his full advantage. I don’t see what is the big deal. Maybe is the fact that he is not from the U.S. ? Now go ahead Surfer Magazine and don’t post my comment because of what I just wrote. Truth hurts ah?

  • Bohdi Utah

    Rules are meant to be broken (bad thing), followed to ensure fairness in any given sport or better yet utilized by competitors for their complete advantage given the circumstance.
    Gabriel Medina did not “BROKE” any rules, he clearly “FOLLOWED” and “FIT” the contest criteria but most importantly utilized this rules to his complete advantage.
    I don’t see what is the big deal. So why try to create one when really no harm was done.
    Could it be that this kid is not from San Clemente or Hawaii etc. (U.S.) ?
    Now go ahead Surfer Magazine, block this comment because of what I just wrote.
    If not prove me wrong or does my comment do fit your criteria?