Need a reminder that Gabriel Medina is more than just a Teahupo’o barrel hound? Probably not, but here’s one anyway! 123 seconds of the current World #1 massacring the North Shore. Speak of his rating, is there any way that Gabriel loses the 2014 World Title? Look at the final four venues this year: Lowers, France, Portugal and Pipe. He thrives at each and every one of them of them. The only thing working against him is this bomb Kelly Slater dropped on Instagram yesterday.
“On stage at the awards ceremony…Congrats are in order for @gabrielmedina and his performance this week. There are more conversations happening about this guy than anyone and for good reason. He’s the most dangerous guy in the world of surfing. Why? Just this year he won at Snapper, a wave dominated by regular footers for over 10 years. He won in fiji, one of the classic waves on tour. And now he wins the #BillabongProTahiti in giant surf, an event that he wasn’t considered to be a main threat by many people. That’s exactly why Medina has become so dangerous…he can and does win in waves/conditions where he doesn’t even have a lot of experience at yet and people don’t know what to expect. He’s more determined and hungry for the win than any other surfer. He’s complete, combining airs, barrel riding, and carving. He can shoot whole video parts in single sessions. He has passed every test thrown his way. Even though I’m gonna do everything in my power to stop this guy this year, I’m a big fan of his surfing and he’s a really good guy. The biggest obstacles he will face in his career will be staying motivated long-term and dealing with a fanatical, Brasilian fan base (#BrasilianSwarm?) that is resting the hopes of a country on his shoulders. I’m sure he’ll accept and handle that challenge like every other one thrown his way so far. Congratulations for your #Teahupoo win and hold on for a huge career ahead. #ThisGuyShreds #HisFansWannaKillMe #TeahupooDiary2014 @asp @gopro”
Props? Mind games? Both?
Lowers starts September 9th.