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Gold Coast Glory

Medina and Gilmore take home the hardware after a marathon final day on the Gold Coast

| posted on March 11, 2014

COOLANGATTA, QLD, Australia – Tuesday, March 11, 2014: 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 Quik 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.

“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.”

Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), five-time ASP Women’s World Champion, today claimed her fifth Roxy Pro Gold Coast event title, with a sensational performance. Gilmore dispatched reigning two-time ASP Women’s World Champion Carissa Moore (HAW) in the Semifinals and went on to take down South Africa’s Bianca Buitendag in the Final. It was Buitendag’s first ASP WCT Final appearance, but it was Gilmore’s day, with the local lass peaking when it counted with her unique brand of powerful and beautiful surfing helping her post excellent scores all day.

“I haven’t felt this feeling in a while,” said Gilmore. “It’s the best feeling in the world to have all your friends and family around and hi-five everyone. I paddled up to Joel (Parkinson) before my heat to get some of his good vibes because he kept getting so many great barrels. From the beginning of the heat I had it in my head that it’s only 30 minutes and I only had to catch two good waves and just have fun. So that’s what I did. Winning the heat against Carissa was such a big confidence booster for me. It’s going to be a long hard year but I’ll do as much as I can to try and win the Title.”

“I’m so overwhelmed by this experience. It’s a first time for me and I didn’t quite know what to expect,” said Buitendag. “It’s a bit like a dream for me. I’m giving my prize money to charity. We are so lucky and we have so much already. It goes along way.”

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.”

Quik 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

Quik 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

Quik 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

  • Tonetti

    Where’s Sean Doherty and his sarcasm now? Is it too bitter to write about a young brazilian winning at snaper? Eat that Sean!

  • Non Caucasian

    (1) The surf circuit is now in the hands of transnational capital. Capital has no
    nationality. Its nationality is the fucking profit, no matter the national flag
    under which it is realized.

    But capitalist dominance brings at least one positive byproduct: ‘legal certainty’.
    (It brings democracy also, but that’s a longer story).

    (2) As Max Weber taught us long ago, in order to achieve profit, capitalism is keen on
    promoting ‘legal certainty’. Much more than just laws (justice), capitalism
    needs clear laws and the certainty that they will be applied (legality). This
    creates an horizon of stability and predictability, so that long term
    investments can be made.

    (3) If transnational capital now sponsors the circuit, its goal cannot be other than
    to expand surf audience worldwide (specially Asia, specially China).

    And the audience always wants the best one to win.

    (4) Surfwear industry is national, or even regional. It likes to see the local guy win. Even
    if he hasn’t been the best one.

    So why yesterday the judges had let Gabriel win? Why there has been no ‘adjustment’ of
    the scores in order to, instead of a tight victory of the Brazilian, we had a
    tight local (aussie) victory? (“Good done boy, but no winning at our home
    spot”…)

    Just like we were so used to see in the past? Just like Taj and Adriano?

    (6) Well, maybe transnational capital is sending a message to the young Chinese boy:
    “You don’t have to be blonde, you don’t need to have blue eyes, you don’t
    have to be English speaking to win contests, or even the circuit. Because surf
    has to be global, in order to expand profits. And, boy, we want you to be a
    surf star because we want to conquer your market”.

    (7) Poor Adriano, arrived too early to the circuit. The times weren’t yet historically
    mature for a non american-australian champ…

    Lucky Gabriel…

    Ok, they robbed him recently in Portugal.

    But maybe now, in an era of global surf market, in an era of ‘legal certainty’ and no
    more score ‘adjustments’, maybe now his talent can prevail, even without blue
    eyes or blonde hair.

    (8) Just think about the NBA…

    How many years it took to a non-american (worse: a fucking ‘nazi’ german…) like Dirk
    Nowitzki to lead and win in the holy all-american game, on the holy all-american
    soil, in the face of the all-american virtuoso Lebron?

    Simple: it took the time of NBA’s drive into globalization.

    Maybe surf is going the same way.

    Poor ‘haters’, economic market laws are stronger than racial-cultural prejudice…

    • Daniel

      Dude sociology has made you mentally sick, jump out of it while you still have time. Believe me.

      • oBsErVeReVresbo

        He should have stopped after the second sentence.

    • luca

      that was pure bs. sorry.
      transnational capital has been a major part of surfing for ages (hello, volcom, the rebel, and gucci or every major brand trading in nasdaq or owned by nike and it’s peers… heck, even vans! … how about those coca cola events a long time ago? Even Pipemasters was once called XBOX Pipemasters.) and NBA drove into globalization in the middle eighties… a long time before Dirk.

  • surferreader

    I’d love to see Medina win the world title this year.

  • tony (ty) carson big island

    “THE SURF INDUSTRY, (PRO SURFING), IS NOT SURFING, MY BRIEF FORAYS INTO THE DARK SICKLY HEART OF THE MATTER HAVE REMINDED ME OF THAT.” LEWIS SAMUELS

  • Pitot Tube

    The words: “An” and “The,” when preceding the word actor says the word actor in the spirit of acting and doesn’t necessarily make an actual actor. Literally speaking, the ASP doesn’t employ actors. Congratulations to The Medina in AU of [Post-industrial society].

  • Adanderslak Miscoff

    y r the surfers making tour strategies from people not supporting local government and sporting clubs, shouldn’t ASP have hybrid or divisional governments to include Title IX sporting events and regional qualifiers that read a ASP [subjunctive] flower patch tour. Similar to a rhythm and blues genre of yesteryears Kirra versus Big Wave Lincoln City limit?
    Tour surfers are like rebels without a clue until Bali blows its lid and makes the Rip Curl podium incur a standing ovation and folly for NATO and G-20 rhetoric. Where is that logic behind how NASCAR made the winner takes all strategy more sincere than the Deep Blue Challenge of Pipeline Gen X and thus Australasias look towr’d a gnarliest tow-in baddledrone for Gidget followers of the by-gone Endless Summer’s first snub rendition of “Outer COW Bommie” after Margerette Thatchers new vineyard at WA.

    This was a joke. Have a good year and stay the course.

  • Bernardo

    Slater lost to Adriano is not “rare” at all….he lost 5x, in a roll, since 2010.