Following their Round Five clash at the Billabong Pipe Masters, photographer Steve Sherman captured a candid moment between Gabriel Medina and Kelly Slater. In the image, Slater appears to be congratulating the Brazilian for making the most of his World Title chances, you can see the appreciation in Slater's body language.
Prior to the Tour landing in the south of France for the Quiksilver Pro France, John John Florence was on the verge of running away from a small pack of Title contenders for the second year in a row. It was looking like he might lock things up in Europe before the Tour hit the North Shore, yet again.
But then Medina went on his tear, finding that elusive purple patch of form that all great athletes strive to achieve. If his win in France made things interesting, his win in Portugal -- the very next event -- made things downright gripping. His performances at Pipe were riveting, and he has nothing to hang his head about. Mere mortals would have given up ages ago. It was top-notch entertainment.
For that effort, and much more, we have Gabriel Medina to thank.