Medina Wins Fiji Pro, Takes WCT Rankings Lead

Date: Friday, June 6, 2014

Gabriel Medina (BRA) 18.40 def. Nat Young (USA) vs. 14.77

Gabriel Medina flew out of the gates first against Nat Young, unloading his complete repertoire on a clean set wave. The Brazilian delivered a front side snap, quick tube ride and a flurry of turns for a 7.33 and an early lead.

Young waited 10 minutes to get on the scoreboard, but made his opener count, combining a double-barrel and three big carves for a 8.17. Medina answered right back, also driving through two barrel sections blended with a series of sizzling snaps for an 9.87, extending his lead over the American.

Blow for blow exchanges continued throughout the middle of the heat, when Young responded with another barrel punctuated with a mass of devastating turns for a 6.60.

Conditions continued to pump through Cloudbreak for the Final and Medina maintained his near-flawless attack. The goofy-footer drove through yet another barrel, etching an 8.53, leaving Young in need of a combination of scores to take the win at the 16 minute mark.

Young was unable to break the combination, cementing Medina’s fourth career ASP WCT victory.

Next event is the J Bay Open July 10-21 South Africa.