Medina fights for second victory in Tahiti to follow the path for WSL´s two-time championship
In 2014, the path for the first world surf title was sedimented with the emblematic victory in Teahupoo, in Tahiti, in the most convincing way, over icon Kelly Slater – 18,96 to 18,93. A year after, Gabriel Medina got the second place and in 2016, was the third, in a questioned decision against John John Florence, even when he got a 10 score in the semifinals, finishing 19,66 to 19,23.
With a retrospective rather than favorable, which credits him to be one of the favorites, brazilian surfer shows excitement to fight for another victory in WSL´s 7th stage and, beyond that, to follow in the contest for the two-time championship. Billabong Pro Tahiti has the waiting time beginning on friday (11) and Medina arrives cheerful due to his third place in J-Bay (6th stage of the Tour in Jeffreys Bay, South Africa) and for being completely recovered from the injury he suffered in the first stage, in Gold Coast, Australia. “It´s one of my favorite waves, if not the most favorite of mine”, he reveals.
“I´m feeling 100% good. I went very focused for the stage in J-Bay, I dedicated myself quite well and now for teahupoo I´m trying to do the same”, says Gabriel, who stays confident in the dispute for the two-time championship title. “There are 50 thousand points in game and I´m struggling to do my best. I want to arrive in Hawaii with chances of title and, by God´s will, make it up to another victory. But I´m focusing on step by step”, highlights the athlete sponsored by Rip Curl, Oi, Guaraná Antarctica, Coppertone, Audi and Vult, with the supports of Cabianca and FCS.
This year, Gabriel opened the season with a 3rd place, even with a grade 2 injury suffered in the beginning of the stage. After that, he competed injured in other australian contests. He followed his treatment in the stages of Rio and Fiji and repeated the 3rd place in J-Bay, already recovered. Currently he stays in 9th place in world ranking. “Anyone in top 10 can be in the contest for the WSL´s title, if they win another stage. I only depend on myself”, he defines.
“It was hard to compete with an injury. It was something I did not expected at all. But when it comes to surf, it happens, when you search to be the best. This unfortunate incidente happened, but I´ll keep going, not giving it up. Athlete´s life is like this. Now I´m recovered, feeling good and from now on, I must look forward, not to think about the past and do whatever it takes to achieve it until the end of the season”, says the surfer.
The desire to reach the title comes from his personal demanding, his known perseverance to win. “I´m really competitive and this goal to be in the tiop 3 I´ll always carry it on in my life. I want to keep myself on top, absolutely. This is the desire of every surfer that is on Tour. I fight for it. That´s what I live for. You can be sure that the whole stage I will be fighting to be the champion”, Gabriel Medina announces.
He reminds well of the first victory in Teahupoo, fighting against no more or less than Slater. “It was a wave that Slater dominates well. He always had good results. People definetelly thought he would win, but I like these batteries that people think the other competitor is going to win before they both enter the sea. It makes me even more concentrated, with more willing to the victory. I believed, I had patience, caution, the wave came and I had a great time”, he told.