Gabriel Medina: celebrating the perfect barrel

Firing six-to-eight foot (2 metre) waves opened the 2013 Billabong Pipe Masters In Memory of Andy Irons, at Banzai Pipeline, Hawaii.


Gabriel Medina posted the highest score (18.67 points) of Round 1 and 2, with two deep Pipe barrels and a massive alley-oop.

"I got a little bit lucky. I got three really good barrels and did the air at the end. I was watching the guys always getting big scores at backdoor and had them in my mind. Somehow, I found those lefts and that was such a fun heat", says Medina.

Sebastian Zietz found his rhythm at Pipeline, earning the first perfect 10-point ride of Billabong Pipe Masters competition for an unbelievable Backdoor barrel.

"It was a dream start to the event. I just dropped in and the foam-ball hit me and I was on one foot for a second. I put my foot down and was going the perfect speed to get barreled all the way through", explains Zietz.

Mitch Crews eliminated big wave charger and former WCT veteran Shane Dorian, in Round 1, and fellow countryman Matt Wilkinson. Jeremy Flores would drive through Pipeline and Backdoor barrels to earn one of the day's high heat-totals.

Kieren Perrow was forced to shore early with a dislocated shoulder following a heavy wipeout. This was not the way Perrow anticipated retiring from competition. The Billabong Pipe Masters was his swansong.

2013 Billabong Pipe Masters | Round 1 Results:

Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 13.66 def. Ezekiel Lau (HAW) 12.83
Damien Hobgood (USA) 11.27 def. Joel Centeio (HAW) 6.66
Alejo Muniz (BRA) 16.00 def. Marcus Hickman (HAW) 11.67
Kaimana Jaquias (HAW) 16.16 def. Kieren Perrow (AUS) 12.84
Yadin Nicol (AUS) 14.83 def. Kahea Hart (HAW) 11.44
Bruce Irons (HAW) 9.24 def. Raoni MOnteiro (BRA) 7.00
Dusty Payne (HAW) 13.73 def. Reef McIntosh (HAW) 12.84
Jadson Andre (BRA) 9.30 def. Olamana Eleogram (HAW) 8.17
Mitch Crews (AUS) 9.40 def. Shane Dorian (HAW) 7.73
Granger Larsen (HAW) 13.50 def. Kalani Chapman (HAW) 7.66
Tanner Gudauskas (USA) 12.17 def. Ricardo Dos Santos (BRA) 5.67
Ryan Callinan (AUS) 17.76 def. Dane Reynolds (USA) 9.77

2013 Billabong Pipe Masters | Round 2 Results:

Kaimana Jaquias (HAW) 15.67 def. Filipe Toledo (BRA) 11.30
Gabriel Medina (BRA) 18.67 def. Bruce Irons (HAW) 11.87
Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 17.83 def. Ryan Callinan (AUS) 6.06
Jeremy Flores (FRA) 17.20 def. Tanner Gudauskas (USA) 13.43
Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 13.16 def. Granger Larsen (HAW) 6.30
Mitch Crews (AUS) 14.50 def. Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 10.66
Bede Durbidge (AUS) 14.17 def. Jadson Andre (BRA) 9.04
Dusty Payne (HAW) 9.00 def. Brett Simpson (USA) 7.24
Yadin Nicol (AUS) 7.34 def. Travis Logie (ZAF) 4.40
Miguel Pupo (BRA) 9.70 def. Alejo Muniz (BRA) 4.27
Adam Melling (AUS) 14.56 def. Damien Hobgood (USA) 4.07
Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 10.44 def. Kolohe Andino (USA) 8.93