Gabriel Medina has regained the #1 position on the ASP World Tour Ratings following his recent win at the Fiji Pro. In the final Gabriel defeated Nat Young riding the FCS II Performer PC Carbon Large
Going one position better than his runner up finish last year, Medina looked totally on-point from the outset of the event. Mixing power carves and long barrels with precision perfect timing, Medina totally outclassed his competitors on the long walls at Cloudbreak.
“I came early to Fiji to get tuned into the wave again and get used to my equipment. The waves were small for the comp, but super fun and I found a magic board that worked perfectly with the Performers”, said Gabriel post victory.
In contrast to the big conditions typically seen in Fiji, 2014 was plagued with small, but still highly contestable waves. The smaller conditions also prompted Medina to make some calculated changes to the fin material he was riding throughout the event.
“I was riding the Performer PC
for some of my heats because it has a little more flex in the tip, but for the final day I switched back to the stiffer Performer PC Carbon
so I could make quicker transitions and push even harder through my turns.”
The decision to switch fin materials proved advantageous for Gabriel in the clean waves that called for lightning fast adjustments between barrel riding, open face carves, and tight pocket snaps.
Another FCS team surfer who shined in Fiji was Kolohe Andino. Riding his new signature FCS II KA fin, Kolohe carried over his form from Brazil by making the semi finals with critical backhand surfing. This latest result serves to build Kolohe’s confidence even further and verify his position among the world’s elite.
At last count 9 of the top 16 men, and 9 of the top 15 women were actively riding the new FCS II system. Since its inception into the market the FCS II system
has won industry design awards, two ASP World Titles, and numerous WCT victories.