Gabriel Medina Has Something To Say, Freddy P Surfs Onto Rocks & Mark Mathews At Waimea! – This Week In Surfing
Ten Things From Surfing and The Internet On The Week That Was March 13, 2015
Presented by the Subway Summer Surf Series
By Mike Jennings
1. Gabriel Medina Has Something To Say, Swears Live On WSL Broadcast
In news that will have Bobby Martinez applauding, Gabriel Medina swore on the live World Surf League broadcast from the Quiksilver Pro on the Gold Coast yesterday.
Following his Round 2 loss to Glenn Hall and during a live interview from Snapper Rocks, Gabriel Medina was asked by beach interviewer Pete Mel to speculate on his interference with Glenn Hall (which shut the door on the heat he was losing to Hall, and all but bundled the World Champion out of the event). After Medina explained his confusion on the changing of the interference rule he let fly with a three pronged call out that took in WSL Commissioner Kieran Perrow, the interference rule, and WSL competitor Glenn Hall.
“Actually like first of all, that was a really bad call for the comp,” said Medina. “You know, like we waited like ten days, we extended two days, to get waves like this. And, umm, I think KP didn’t do a really good job but I hope he can get better.
And ummm second was the interference, you know umm, one day I will try to understand this new rule.
And the third is, umm, next time Glenn say f*** you to me I will teach him some bad…”
Pete Mel pulled the mic away, but it seems that Gabriel Medina was in the middle of saying, “I will teach him some bad words to say…”
Medina appeared on the morning show with commentators Ronnie Blakey and Ross Williams today and showed regret for his actions (video below), and it also appears he has made up with Glen Hall. You can expect this to be swept under the rug pretty quickly with a fine issued and no suspension. The WSL rulebook stipulates a $1000 USD fine for a first offense of verbal assault, and no suspension. Plus, it's doubtful the WSL want their biggest rising superstar, arguably the modern face of professional surfing, out of the water when the webcast starts at Bells. By that point this controversey we'll be on page 2 of Medina Google Search results.
Highlight: Medina giving Glenn Hall a little hug in the competitor's area at 3.58 is a pretty nice moment, naww.
2. Fred Pattachia's Rock Hop
Cut to the 7 minute mark of this heat recap to watch one of the best actions of frustration surfing has ever seen. With only one wave on the board, one that didn't score above a single point, in a wave starved heat with Adriano De Souza, Freddy P takes a wave in, spots a rock towards shore and beelines for it. He then plants his board on it, rock to fakie style. Can you blame him?
Highlight: The fact the judges scored this a 0.63. Had he rode out of it however...
3. Mark Mathews Is Unreasonable
From O'Neill's latest campaign comes this video of Mark Mathews discussing big wave surfing and the future of the sport, astutely making the observation that the next frontier in big wave surfing will be based in cold water. Mathews is one of the most articulate surfer's going, and a world-leader in big wave/slab surfing, so when he talks, it's worth listening. We dig!
Highlight: The footage at 1.13 of Brad Domke freefalling over Mathews at The Right will never ever get old.
4. Speaking of Mark Mathews...
Have you seen this ridiculous late drop he did at Waimea back in January. Released to Youtube this week for the Billabong XXL, this short clip of Mathews is the shiznit.
Highlight: Just one wind of the windows on the way down.
5. Mason Ho Joins Team Rip Curl
Mason Ho is one of the most well-loved and entertaining surfers in the world, and of the past year or two has been burning the internet with sick clip after sick clip after sick clip. So it was strange that his only major sponsor was Lost Surfboards. But then along comes Rip Curl with a piece of paper to sign. Mason on a major is good news for surf fans, because it means we'll be seeing more of him. Yes!
Highlight: 0.45, that little foot-kick in the floater is exactly the sort of thing that makes us love him so.
6. Groms Review Cluster
Buncha Quikky groms just eating chips and potato cakes talking about the surf movie of the year is such fun to watch. Sidenote: Dunno about the "surfing is gay" sign/sticker at the end. Let's try keep homophobia out of surfing, yeah?
Highlight: The description of the Modern Collective opening, "It's like da da da da."
7. Alex Grey At P-Pass
Alex Grey consistently makes some of the best web clips in the world. So Alex Grey at P-Pass with Laura Enever, Jay Davies, Davey Cathels and more? Winner!
Highlight: The recovery to barrel-ride on the wave at 1.20 is something else.
8. Cory Lopez Surfing Mexico Is The Best POV Footage You'll See This Week
It just is. Thank you Mr. Lopez
Highlight: Any of the barrels that open this edit. Any of them.
9. Kalani Robb Surfing Soft-Tops In Aus...
Is a very fun time.
Highlight: Pulling into close-outs, that is so underrated.
10. Rasta and Co Score Epic Australian Beachbreak
Rasta, Creed McTaggart, Ryan Callinan and Jack Robinson scored, like, completely scored when they were shooting the Winter campaign for Billabong. This beachbreak on Australia's East Coast turned on and had Ryan Callinan calling it the best left he'd seen in Aus and photographer Duncan Macfarlane calling it the best beachbreak he'd seen in the world. The world!
Highlight: Rasta's backhand tube riding is something to behold.
Is this the best .gif you've ever seen? Let me answer that question for you. Yes. Yes it is.
And that was this week in surfing. Have a good weekend everyone. CW out.
The week in review
The things that made a difference in surfing
This Week In Surfing: Barrelled With A Fidget Spinner, Dane Impersonates Adriano, & The Best of Kookslams
Ten Things From Surfing & The Internet On The Week That Was June 30, 2017
Lipped, The Surfer's Podcast
Lipped, The Surfer's Podcast
The Dooley podcast tackles the small questions
Disappearance into the Mentawaiian jungles
A worthy cause to jump onto
The new movie from Surfing World hits Costa Mesa.
Another surf community has to worry about a dead whale and a council
In search of anything
Featuring Kelly, Mick and friends
A stellar story
We're nearly there