Medina's assault at the Fiji Pro was a blend of barrels, aerials, fin-free maneuvers and power carves all melded with speed and flow. His surfing was revolutionary for the event, which unfolds at Cloudbreak, Fiji's world-class reef break, and his performance further cements the young Brazilian as a legitimate contender for this year's ASP World Title.
SHAPER: Pukas - Johnny Cabianca
MODEL: Da Freak Kid Gabriel Medina Model
DIMENSIONS: 6'0" x 18.75" x 2.50"
FINS: FCS II Essential Series 'Performance' Thruster
TAIL: Round Tail
MATERIALS: Polyurethane and Fiberglass
"I feel like I can do anything on it. Barrels, airs, carves, it's a fast board and worked really well out at Cloudbreak this week. I'm very happy to be working with Johnny (Cabianca) and the entire Pukas crew." - Gabriel Medina
"'Da Freak Kid' Gabriel model is our top performance board. He is a big, strong surfer and has a lot of volume in his shortboards. That said, he's definitely able to throw it around a lot. 'Da Freak Kid' name came from Pottz (Martin Potter) actually. When Gabriel won the Quiksilver King of the Groms in France in 2009, he scored a Perfect 20 in the Final and Pottz called him 'Da Freak Kid'. The name is well earned and we stuck with it for his signature model." - Johnny Cabianca
Medina talked quivers with Martin Potter earlier this season, in Western Australia:
Next stop on the 2014 Samsung Galaxy ASP WCT is the J-Bay Open, which runs from July 10 - 21, 2014.