Gabriel Medina took the Fiji Pro today, after an epic final against Matt Wilkinson.
It's been a few months since Medina was at the top of the podium, so the win was a much needed one, not just for him, but for the fans.
Wilkinson surfed well today, and it was easily one his best finishes. He'd earlier taken out John John Florence much to the surprise of... well, just about everyone.
Medina was able to come through on some tricky moves, getting out of a much-anticipated semi against Kelly Slater who had earlier scored a perfect 10. While Slater didn't make it to the final, his outstanding performance at Cloudbreak was a reminder of why he's an 11-time world champ.
Medina can rest easy now that he's regained the spark that was missing for most of last season.
Gabriel Medina tomou a Fiji Pro hoje, depois de uma final épica contra Matt Wilkinson.
Foi há alguns meses desde Medina estava no topo do pódio, por isso, a vitória foi um muito necessário um, não apenas para ele, mas para os fãs.
Wilkinson surfei bem hoje, e foi facilmente um de seus melhores acabamentos. Ele tinha levado anteriormente a John John Florence para surpresa de ... bem, quase todo mundo.
Medina foi capaz de vir através de alguns movimentos difíceis, sair de um semi muito aguardado contra Kelly Slater, que já havia marcado um perfeito 10. Enquanto Slater não fazê-lo para a final, o seu excelente desempenho em Cloudbreak foi um lembrete de porque ele é um campeão do mundo 11 vezes.
Medina pode descansar fácil agora que ele recuperou a faísca que faltava para a maioria da temporada passada.
Taj Burrow will retire after being a favorite on the circuit. He'll be missed.
A chp. closes + a legacy lives on 4ever. Thx for keeping the judges on their toes + fans on the edges of their seats pic.twitter.com/DjZ8muIjUS— Julian Wilson (@julian_wilson) June 15, 2016
An epic finish has been promised, and should take place tomorrow, starting with the quarters.
A quick recap
Gabriel Medina advanced through to Quarterfinal 1 after his trademark technical moves, and will take on Adriano de Souza after he ousted Dusty Payne.
Kelly Slater is through to Quarterfinal 2, probably a relief to him still being able to skip a round. Wiggoly Dantas will face him after defeating Michel Bourez.
Adrian Buchan crushed Josh Kerr and will compete against Mick Fanning who made it straight through to Quarterfinal 3.
John John Florence will face Matt Wilkinson in Quarterfinal 4 after defeating Jadsen Andre in Round 5.