Recent Surf News
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.
Competing in challenging conditions in the shadow of the Huntington Beach Pier, Tyler Wright was able to find opportunity where others mostly found frustration. In waves that were mostly in the 1- to 3-foot range, Wright was able to put her trademark power surfing to use and ended up winning the Vans US Open of Surfing. The win is Wright’s first Samsung Galaxy ASP World Championship Tour win the season and moves her up to no. 3 in the world rankings. “It’s been a long event and really enjoyable for me,” Wright said. “I wouldn’t be here without my team and they mean the world to me. All the girls have been ripping this entire event and it’s been wonderful to see. I felt really relaxed and comfortable and everything has gone really well for me this week and I loved it.”
Code Red never happened; not even Code Yellow. Cloudbreak was almost user-friendly to the average surfer for this year’s Fiji Pro. (Almost.) It was an event that appeared to cater to the seasoned veterans who knew best how to pull magic out of minimal waves. And yet, come the final day of the competition, it was four of the new-schoolers who would decide the podium. The day would favor the goofyfooters and it would eventually be the anointed surf star of Brazil, Gabriel Medina, who would take the champagne shower over Nat Young. With the win, Medina now sits atop the ASP World Championship Tour ratings.