It may sound more like a dramatic Final with a World Title on the line, but the next Round 1 match-up for the WSL Fan Favorite Award has all the intrigue, hype and drama one could ask for. Featuring reigning World Champion Gabriel Medina vs. 2x World Champ John John Florence, it very well could be a preview of epic things to come in 2019.
The head-to-head clash between the Brazilian surfer and the surfer from Hawaii is an opportunity for you, the fan, to step up and make your voice heard. So who do you got?
Voting is now live at wsl.tv/fanfav.
Medina is coming off of a career high. 2018 saw him blitz through the back half of the CT season to secure his second World Title and first Billabong Pipe Masters crown. The victory celebration has been raging ever since. Medina has been spotted hanging with international sports icons such as Brazilian and French football stars Neymar and Kylian Mbappé as well as shooting hoops with Steph Curry and hanging beach side with Russell Wilson. He's also currently featured on the cover of the Brazilian edition of GQ Magazine. And yes, he has still been getting in the water and gearing up for his 2019 Title defense. Brimming with confidence, adored by his fans, right now Medina is the man to beat.
But if there's anyone that can beat him, it may be Florence. 2018 just wasn't kind to him. With mixed results during the first few events of the season, a knee injury in Bali took Florence out for the rest of the year. Opting to let his knee heal naturally rather than take the surgical approach, not much has been seen of him over the last six months. He's been sailing and foiling with his brothers and friends. And based on a recent flurry of activity on his Instagram feed, he's just now getting his feet back in the wax and "learning to go fast again."
Medina vs. Florence, it's the kind of match-up everyone has an opinion about. We want to know whose camp you're in.
Vote now at wsl.tv/fanfav.