Medina takes down Parko to claim Quiky Pro

BRAZILLIAN surfer Gabriel Medina has put a shocking 2013 Quiksilver Pro behind him to win the opening ASP event at Snapper Rocks.

The 20-year-old broke his leg in the opening rounds last year, but yesterday managed to knocked out world champion Mick Fanning and Taj Burrow before pipping Joel Parkinson by just 0.06 of a point in a dramatic final.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports, Medina trailed for most of the 35-minute final against the Coolangatta local and 2012 world champion, before managing to claim two great waves to post a two-wave total of 16.33.


Long touted as a championship prospect, Medina admitted he was thinking his amazing day could be the start of something special in 2014.

“This is the best day of my life for sure,” he said. “I would never have imagined this one.”

He’s now set his sights on surfing’s world title.

A devastated Parkinson, who surfed brilliantly all day, particularly on his way to a semi-final score of 18.70, had to console himself with back-to-back runner-up finishes at his home event.

“It happens, man,” Parkso said. “The kid’s an amazing surfer. Gabriel is so talented.”

The tour now heads to Western Australia for next month’s Margaret River Classic.