Historic World Title Hanging in the Balance for Gabriel Medina

The penultimate stop on the 2014 Samsung Galaxy ASP World Championship Tour (WCT), the Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal, has been called on for round 1. Converging the world’s best surfers onto the sand-bottom barrels of Peniche’s Supertubos and with just two more contests left, the men's Title race could end there as the event could see a conclusion to this year’s exciting title race as current no.1 Gabriel Medina has the chance to claim his maiden World Title and become the first Brazilian ever to secure the surfing crown.
14. 10. 2014

Only 20 years-old Gabriel Medina currently leads this world’s best surfers on the 2014 ASP World Championship Tour rankings, and is poised to make history as the first Brazilian title holder this coming week in Portugal. If achieved, Medina’s title clinching will mark the first time a 20-year-old has done so since 11-time ASP World Champion and international sporting icon Kelly Slater (USA), 42, achieved this in 1992.

Kelly Slater was the first 20 year old to win the prime surf event in 92'

Standing in the way are six surfers with a mathematical chance of claiming this year’s world surfing crown: Kelly Slater (USA), Mick Fanning (AUS), Joel Parkinson (AUS), John John Florence (HAW), Taj Burrow (AUS) and Michel Bourez (PYF). Both Burrow and Bourez would have to win the remaining two events (Portugal and Pipeline) with Medina finishing 13th or worse to have a chance at the title.

“It’s such a great wave here, which I really like to surf. I’m excited to be here because I like to compete in Portugal but I definitely have some nerves coming into the event,” said Medina

Gabriel Medina is close to his biggest victory of his career

The Top 34 took on Supertubos starting this past Sunday, October 12. Get a taste of hollow tubes with the event teaser and watch LIVE daily at, Oct. 12-23.  

Photos: © ASP


14. 10. 2014
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