Gabriel Medina Shakes Up The 2011 Quiksilver Pro France

With his strong victory at the 2011 Quiksilver Pro France, Gabriel Medina has shown the world that he deserves to be among the Top 34 and has shown the Top 34 that he should not be underestimated.

Gabriel Medina.  Photo: ASP/CestariGabriel Medina, newcomer to the elite ASP Top 34 after September’s rotation, has secured his inaugural ASP World Title victory today, taking out Julian Wilson at the 2011 Quiksilver Pro France.

The Quiksilver Pro France was stop No. 8 of 11 on the 2011 ASP World Tour and highlighted the next generation of ASP World Title contenders.

Gabriel Medina made it look easy as he cut his way through the world's best surfers at his second event alongside the ASP Top 34. The ambitious surfer secured three of the top five highest single-wave scores of the event en route to his emotional win.

“This is the best feeling ever,” said Medina.“I beat some great guys on the way to the Final. Just two years ago, I was here competing in the King of the Groms and I won that event and now I’m here in the main event and I’ve won it. It doesn’t seem real.”

Medina opened the Final against Julian Wilson with a full-rotation forehand aerial, which earned him a score of 7.83. In the dying moments of the event, the young Brazilian blasted several high-risk maneuvers on a lengthy lefthander to secure a 9.17 and regain the lead.

“The start of the heat was slow and it was going high tide so it was a challenge,” Medina said. “Julian (Wilson) is an incredible surfer and I know he wanted to win very badly. I knew I needed a big score on that final wave and I had to throw everything I had to get it.”

Julian Wilson built momentum throughout the final day of competition, defeating some of the tour’s heavy hitters with his impressive scores. The young Australian’s Runner-Up finish today marks a career best and is indicative of his recent run of improvements amongst the world’s elite.

“It’s been a great event for me and congrats to Gabriel (Medina) for his incredible run here in France," said Wilson "I have so many amazing memories of watching this event as a kid, seeing Andy Irons and Kelly Slater go for it and to be in it now is a very special feeling. I’m hoping to improve in the coming events and looking forward to Portugal.”

With the dust settled in the south of France, it has been determined that the 2011 ASP World Title cannot be decided at the next event in Portugal and will go to at least San Francisco.

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