Medina and Wright take out Quiksilver and Roxy Pro

GABRIEL Medina and Australian Tyler Wright have taken out the Quiksilver and Roxy Pro France at Culs Nus.

Medina claimed his maiden CT victory in France in 2011 and was dominant throughout the 35-minute final.

Blasting the clean righthanders with speed, power and progression to post a 17.50 out of a possible 20 and claim an emphatic win over Gold Coaster Bede Durbidge.


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Gabriel Medina (BRA) takes to the air. Image: WSL / Damien Poullenot

Image: WSL / Damien Poullenot

The victory sees Medina move up two places to fifth on the Jeep Leaderboard.

“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,” Medina said.

“I’m really glad to be back on the podium and especially for a win. I’m stoked to be back in France, which has always been good to me. I promised myself I would win an event this year for my grandfather who passed away a couple of months ago. ”

Durbidge found himself out of rhythm in the final heat of the event, finishing Runner-Up for the second time this season.

Durbidge’s French performance moves him to 10th in the world heading into Portugal.

“I had some really good heats, but the final was just one-sided, Gaby was on every good wave,” Durbidge said.

“It was just one of those heats that you don’t want to have again. But I have to just look at the positives, it’s another podium finish and I’m right there for a win, I’ll try to bring it home next time. I love Portugal and have done well there in the past so I look forward to that.”

Mick Fanning remains the leader on the WSL rankings, while fellow Australian Julian Wilson moved up to 4th after making the semifinals.

Tyler Wright dominated the Roxy Pro France Final, unleashing her powerful surfing in clean conditions to score two excellent rides over Hawaiian Tatiana Weston-Webb

Wright claims back-to-back Roxy Pro France titles and moves up to 5th on the Jeep Leaderboard before the final stop in Hawaii.

Today’s victory marks the Australian’s first CT win of 2015.

“I was just feeling it, I was looking at the waves before and I knew it was going to be good,” Wright stated.

“It was kind of tricky, I was very selective. This whole season has been super interesting, and I just found out the difference between someone who cares and someone who doesn’t, and I care. I couldn’t have done any of this without Owen and Matt my shaper and the rest of my family, I’m pretty stoked!”

In the second Semifinal, new Jeep rankings leader Carissa Moore (HAW), 23, had a shocker performance, only able to find two average waves and minimal scores.

Despite this Moore was one of the form surfers of the Roxy Pro France and will carry her excellent rhythm into Maui for the World Title showdown.

The next stop on the 2015 Samsung Galaxy WSL Championship Tour for the men will be the Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal from October 20 – 31, 2015 while the women will culminate their season with the Target Maui Pro from November 21 – December 4, 2015.

QUIKSILVER PRO FRANCE FINAL RESULTS:

1- Gabriel Medina (BRA) 17.50

2- Bede Durbidge (AUS) 9.44

ROXY PRO FRANCE FINAL RESULTS:

1- Tyler Wright (AUS) 17.10

2- Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) 10.93

QUIKSILVER PRO FRANCE SEMIFINAL RESULTS:

SF 1: Bede Durbidge (AUS) 11.73 def. Julian Wilson (AUS) 10.84

SF 2: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 15.67 def. Adriano De Souza (BRA) 12.50

ROXY PRO FRANCE SEMIFINAL RESULTS:

SF 1: Tyler Wright (AUS) 6.87 def. Sage Erickson (USA) 4.43

SF 2: Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) 11.27 def. Carissa Moore (HAW) 3.83

QUIKSILVER PRO FRANCE QUARTERFINAL RESULTS:

QF 1: Julian Wilson (AUS) 17.00 def. Italo Ferreira (BRA) 9.00

QF 2: Bede Durbidge (AUS) 14.10 def. Mick Fanning (AUS) 12.57

QF 3: Adriano De Souza (BRA) 15.37 def. Owen Wright (AUS) 13.83

QF 4: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 14.43 def. John John Florence (HAW) 13.10

WSL Men’s Top 10 (after Quiksilver Pro France):

  1. Mick Fanning (AUS) 49,900 pts
  2. Adriano de Souza (BRA) 49,450 pts
  3. Owen Wright (AUS) 43,600 pts
  4. Julian Wilson (AUS) 41,450 pts
  5. Gabriel Medina (BRA) 40,650 pts
  6. Filipe Toledo (BRA) 40,200 pts
  7. Kelly Slater (USA) 34,150 pts
  8. Italo Ferreira (BRA) 34,100 pts
  9. Jeremy Flores (FRA) 33,000 pts
  10. Bede Durbidge (AUS) 31,200 pts

WSL Women’s Top 5 (after Roxy Pro France):

  1. Carissa Moore (HAW) 59,500 pts
  2. Courtney Conlogue (USA) 58,600 pts
  3. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 51,200 pts
  4. Lakey Peterson (USA) 47,000 pts
  5. Tyler Wright (AUS) 45,200 pts

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