Gabriel Medina: they do this type of things in circus, too

Gabriel Medina (BRA), 17, has won the third stop of this year’s ASP Europe Specialty 6.0 Cash for Tricks Series today, the brilliant athlete taking control of proceedings from his very first wave through to the final in excellent four-foot (1.2 meter) waves at Lacanau.

Medina, who left no chance to the high-performance field of aerial specialists, impressed the early-morning crowds with a variety of new-school tricks including an upside-down reverse air 360° combined with a Superman on one single wave. Renowned for his talent in this kind of surfing, Medina confirmed he was one of the current world’s best today.

“It was so fun to do that event this morning in such excellent waves,” Medina said. “We had all the time to get these glassy launching ramps and push our tricks to their most so to finish atop a field of guys including Josh Kerr (AUS), Miguel Pupo (BRA) and Mitch Coleborn (AUS) is pretty cool.”

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Alejo Muniz: always watch where you land

The Sooruz Lacanau Pro an Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) sanctioned event witnessed an amazing day of competition in excellent conditions which are forecasted to continue through the weekend setting up for some great finals action. Standouts were many as surfers displayed progressive modern manoeuvres to impress the huge crowds lining the shore.

An overnight increase in swell produced excellent 4-5ft (1.2m) waves to create the perfect playing field for the remaining 96 elite athletes. Light winds and clears skies ensured that the beach would be packed with spectators eager to witness the 25-minute clashes unfold.

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Harley Ingleby: you know him...

It was semi-final time at the Australia Longboard Titles in Port Macqaurie today, with the penultimate day of competition being held in clean 1-2ft conditions at North Haven.

And, despite the lack of swell, performances were nothing short of epic. All up, finalists were decided across eight of the tournament's eleven divisions.

The over 40 men's division carved up the pristine waves on offer, with two Queensland surfers Mark McNamara (Currumbin) and Damien Coulter (Buderim) storming through to final contention.

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