Gabriel Medina wins the 2015 Quiksilver Pro France

October 15, 2015 | Surfing
Gabriel Medina: comfortable in French beach breaks | Photo: Kirstin/WSL

Gabriel Medina has conquered the 2015 Quiksilver Pro France, in Hossegor.

The Brazilian returned to the highest spot on the surf podium after defeating Bede Durbidge with a flawless performance. Will Medina be the spoiler, or will he have a shot at a back-to-back world title?

"It feels so good, I've been trying so hard this year. I'm so stoked, my board felt really good and everything went my way. I'm really glad to be back on the podium and especially for a win. It feels good to be back in France," said an emotional Gabriel Medina.

"The wave is similar to where I live. Not this cold, but I like these waves, the people, and baguettes. I promised myself I would win an event this year for my grandfather who passed away a couple of months ago. He always told me to go for airs. And I did it to make him proud."

Gabriel Medina celebrated his maiden Dream Tour victory in France in 2011, and this is his first event win of the 2015 season. The Brazilian says he's not thinking about world titles, but if the top-ranked surfers lose their momentum, "I'm here."

2015 Quiksilver Pro France | Final

1. Gabriel Medina (BRA), 17.50
2. Bede Durbidge (AUS), 9.44