2011 Rip Curl Pro Search San Francisco: Medina Takes Second Win
Gabriel Medina, who joined the ASP Top 34 after the midyear rotation, fought his way to the top at the 2011 Rip Curl Pro Search San Francisco. The young Brazilian has won two events of the four in which he has competed as an official member of the 2011 roster.
Stop No. 10 of 11 on the men’s ASP World Title Race, the Rip Curl Pro Search not only saw Kelly Slater secure his 11th ASP World Title, but also witnessed an amazing performance by Gabriel Medina.
The highly-touted Brazilian wasted little time in his Final campaign against Parkinson, belting a 7.50 and a 9.00 out of 10, in the opening minutes.
“This has been incredible,” said Medina. “This is my second World Tour win and it has been great. I just try to go big and it was great to have a final with Parko (Joel Parkinson).”
Medina’s run on the Final day in San Francisco was nothing short of amazing, as he took the day’s highest heat total of 17.33, out of 20 and defeated Kelly Slater.
“I feel good and confident and I’m really happy,” Medina said after his Semifinals heat win. “It was hard with Taylor Knox and Kelly Slater. That was a tough heat and I knew it’d be hard. I just got my last wave and it saved me.”
Parkinson lit up the high-performance beachbreak conditions on the final day, threading several technical barrels and unloading his patented carves en route to the Final, but he was unable to put a stop to Gabriel Medina.
“Gabriel (Medina) has been absolutely ripping this whole event and congratulations to him," said Parkinson. "He’s got a huge future and I’m excited to watch him over the next few years."
Kelly Slater fought hard in his Quarterfinals matchup against young Brazilian Gabriel Medina, but was unable to find the score needed to advance out of the heat and is now changing his focus towards the final stop on the 2011 ASP World Tour at the iconic Banzai Pipeline.
“At this point I’m just going to be focused on Pipe,” Slater said. “I’d love to win Pipe. Every year Phil Roberts makes an amazing trophy. Gerry Lopez shapes it and Jeff Divine puts a photo on it and Phil Roberts paints it up. In my eyes that’s the prized possession in surfing. It’s really a piece of surf history.”
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Kelly Slater was awarded the 2011 ASP World Title, but before he could thoroughly enjoy his triumph, the ASP had to revoke the title due to an error in calculation.
It was an unnerving mistake, but Kelly Slater had no hard feelings after he was awarded the 2011 ASP World Title prematurely. With the help of a few good waves at the Rip Curl Pro, Slater advanced to the Quarterfinals and reclaimed his title.