Gabriel Medina has kicked off his 2014 World Title campaign in scintillating style by winning the Quiksilver Pro at Snapper Rocks in Queensland, defeating crowd favourite Joel Parkinson in the final.
The Brazilian dynamo utilised his radical backhand attack throughout the event, taking down more favoured opponents like Taj Burrow and Mick Fanning, riding the new FCS II system and the Performer PC Large fin template.
“I’m so happy to win this one. I tested so many boards before the event, and I was switching between the FCS II Accelerator and the Performer fin templates. For the competition I went back to the Performer, the inside foil on this fin helps to go square off the bottom and snap hard off the top, it felt great”.
In the final Medina broke his favourite board, and with 15 minutes to go was trailing Parkinson who’d racked up two solid scores. Maintaining his composure, Gabriel found some quality waves and rifled off multiple snaps to lock in two excellent scores.
Steph Gilmore was victorious in the Roxy Pro riding a DHD Duck’s Nuts model, also fitted with the new FCS II system. Steph’s trademark front-side slice was perfectly suited to the long steep walls of Snapper, as was the FCS II Carver PC fin template, which is designed to enhance this style of surfing.
FCS team rider Adriano De Souza placed a respectable 3rd at the Quiksilver Pro. Like Steph, Adriano was riding the Carver Medium template, but opted for the Performance Core Carbon (PCC) version, which provides a slightly stiffer flex pattern through the fin.
Six ASP World Championship Tour events and 2 ASP World Titles have now been won on the new FCS II system since its release in 2013.