Wonder Kid has a contest he’d rather forget:
Last year at just 18 years of age Brazilian Gabriel Medina split open a huge hole in the ASP world tour. As a teenage giant killer, Medina went from young grommet to full-fledged world title contender in the blink of an eye with two World Tour wins from four contests.
At 15 years old Medina is the youngest surfer to win a WQS event and amazingly had only begun competing in pro surfing events at 14. Last years ASP mid-year rotation made it possible for him to jump straight from the WQS and into the 2011 ASP Top 34.
2012 should be shaping up as a big year for him but an =25th place at the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast is not what was expected by him or his fans. What went wrong? Snapper Rocks can be a tricky place to surf at times especially in less than ideal conditions. Medina couldn’t find any rhythm in either of his heats and paid a heavy price being knocked out in Round Two by fellow rookie, Aussie Yadin Nichol. But there is one thing for certain about the year ahead, Medina wont be down for long. The Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach is just around the corner.