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Good luck pointing out a weakness in Gabriel Medina’s repertoire. He’s always been known as one of the premier aerial talents. He won at Snapper Rocks, unveiling a powerful backhand attack. He showed he could grovel, in fun-size Cloudbreak in Fiji. And this week he proved that he’s fearless, dropping over the ledge on some of the biggest, most vicious looking waves Teahupoo has ever had to offer in a contest setting. At event’s end, Medina was unscathed – both by the reef or his fellow competitor – and the 2014 Billabong Pro Tahiti champion.
He’s dealt with injury and frustration in many other major events, but Ryan Sheckler has Dew Tour Streetstyle on lock. Sheckler arrived to Portland, Ore. the two-time defending champ and with a stunning final run, he extended that streak to three. “I really like this contest and the whole idea of it,” Sheckler said. “When you are a little kid all you want to do is bomb hills, so to have a downhill contest with a bunch of gnarly ramps on it it just spoke to me — I love skating this event!”
On the streets of Portland, Ore., it was only Dennis Enarson who appeared at ease. Facing a challenging Dew Tour Streetstyle course, Enarson nailed a perfect run straight out of the gate, and after that it was smooth sailing for him while the rest of the field played catch-up. “I am so hyped! [Streetstyle] are always my favorite courses of the year, so I always have the most fun riding them,” Enarson said. “This feels way more at home to me as a street contest, because a lot of the other street courses, like the X Games, are real jibby, which is still fun for me… but this is more like me and the kind of stuff I ride. You go a lot faster and ride a lot bigger stuff.”