Gabriel Medina has solidified his #1 position on the ASP World Tour Ratings with an historic performance at the Billabong Pro in Tahiti. Riding the FCS II system
and the Performer PC Carbon Large template, Medina rose above his competitors and charged what is being described as the most epic conditions in competition history.
Silencing the critics and proving he can mix it in waves of consequence with the best big wave surfers, Gabriel won every heat with miraculous tube riding in surf ranging from 6 – 12 feet at the infamous wave of Teahupoo.
Interestingly Gabriel, like most of the other goofy foot surfers who face the wave at Teahupoo, stuck to the thruster set up. In contrast many of the natural footers, like Kelly Slater who was also using the FCS II system, preferred the added speed and control of the quad set up.
“I don’t ride quads much”, said Gabriel after the event. “Sometimes you can go too fast at this wave so the thruster can actually help keep you in the barrel longer.”
In what’s becoming a reoccurring theme, Gabriel arrived in Tahiti early to get acclimatised to the conditions. The tactic again proved to pay dividends, much like it did in Fiji, and Medina now sits comfortably in the number one position with four events remaining on the tour.
“Yeah we came early again. I wanted to get used to the wave and my boards. I tried the Performer PC a few times but this wave moves so fast and has so much power I needed the stiffer PC Carbon fin.”
The convenience of FCS II also came into effect during the Tahiti event. With boards being broken almost every heat, and surfers having multiple spare boards waiting in the channel, we saw some quick fin changes mid heat.
Since its inception into the market, 12 ASP World Championship Tour events and 2 ASP world Titles have been won by surfers riding the FCS II system and fins.