Teenage surf star, Gabriel Medina, claimed his second ASP World Tour title with victory over Joel Parkinson in the final of the Rip Curl Pro Search in San Francisco, USA.
The penultimate stop on the 2011 World Tour saw Kelly Slater officially secure his 11th world title despite falling in the quarter finals to 17-year-old Brazilian, Medina.
Medina has been in impressive form since joining the tour at the mid-year rotation, having won two of four events entered and scores of 7.50 and 9.00 out of ten were enough to account for Australia's Parkinson in Monday's final.
“This has been incredible,” Medina said. “This is my second World Tour win and it has been great. I’m having fun on the Tour. I don’t know what I did out there, I just try to go big and it was great to have a final with Parko (Joel Parkinson). He is one of my favorite surfers.”
Parkinson, who has ten ASP World Tour titles to his name, was generous in defeat.
“It would have been nice to have won that one but I couldn’t find a wave out there,” Parkinson said. “Gabriel (Medina) has been absolutely ripping this whole event and congratulations to him. He’s got a huge future and I’m excited to watch him over the next few years. I just want to thank everyone here in San Francisco, it’s been amazing.”
Watch highlights of the final below:
The next and final stop on the 2011 ASP World Tour is the Billabong Pipe Masters, which takes place from December 8-20, 2011.
RIP CURL PRO SEARCH SAN FRANCISCO FINAL RESULT:
1 – Gabriel Medina (BRA) 16.50
2 – Joel Parkinson (AUS) 10.90
RIP CURL PRO SEARCH SAN FRANCISCO SEMIFINALS RESULTS:
SF 1: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 17.33 def. Taylor Knox (USA) 14.27
SF 2: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 14.97 def. Alejo Muniz (BRA) 14.34
RIP CURL PRO SEARCH SAN FRANCISCO QUARTERFINALS RESULTS:
QF 1: Taylor Knox (USA) 14.96 def. Kieren Perrow (AUS) 12.83
QF 2: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 14.50 def. Kelly Slater (USA) 11.10
QF 3: Alejo Muniz (BRA) 13.83 def. Brett Simpson (USA) 11.83
QF 4: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 16.76 def. Josh Kerr (AUS) 10.93
RIP CURL PRO SEARCH SAN FRANCISCO ROUND 5 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Taylor Knox (USA) 14.67 def. Miguel Pupo (BRA) 12.83
Heat 2: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 13.93 def. Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 13.70
Heat 3: Brett Simpson (USA) adv. Patrick Gudauskas (USA) *Gudauskas withdraws due to injury
Heat 4: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 11.60 def. Owen Wright (AUS) 6.40
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