- 11 March 2014 | Surfing
Gabriel Medina defeated Joel Parkinson to win the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast 2014, at Snapper Rocks.
The Brazilian wonder boy is the first Brazilian and only the second goofy-footer ever to win the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast. Medina took out the title by a very narrow margin: 0.06 points.
Parkinson opened the final with an impressive tube from behind the rocks, which would earn him a 9-point ride. The Australian would quickly back up the ride with a high 6, while Medina would search feverishly to log scores on the board.
The Brazilian air kid, maintaining his trend of come-from-behind performances in the final minutes, worked a long Snapper Wall for an 8.50 and backed the ride up, with little time remaining, to clinch the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast 2014.
"It's an honor to win this event. This is the hardest event of the whole Tour and I feel like all the best surfers in the world, Mick, Parko and Taj have won it. It's been a dream to win since I was a grommet," says Medina.
"I've been watching those guys on videos and reading about them in magazines. Today I had the opportunity to compete against them and I couldn't let this chance go. It's weird, it's really weird, but it feels so good."
In the Women's competition, Stephanie Gilmore beated Bianca Buitendag to win the 2014 Roxy Pro Gold Coast.
"I haven't felt this feeling in a while. It's going to be a long hard year but I'll do as much as I can to try and win the title," added Gilmore.
Video highlights are not available due to the fact that ASP World Tour has disabled Youtube sharing.
Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast 2014 Final:
Gabriel Medina (BRA), 16.33 def. Joel Parkinson (AUS), 16.27
Roxy Pro Gold Coast 2014 Final:
Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), 15.80 def. Bianca Buitendag (ZAF), 10.47