WORLD TITLE Winner Gabriel Medina: "Everything's paid off!"

18 Dec 2018 0 Share

Pic: Corey Wilson/Rip Curl

Pic: Corey Wilson/Rip Curl

Pic: Corey Wilson/Rip Curl

Pic: Corey Wilson/Rip Curl

Gabriel Medina has won the 2018 Men's World Title, today at the Pipe Masters, in an epic day of surfing. 

Medina made the final and secured the Title in the process, but the clock went down to the wire before he could celebrate. 

Julian Wilson, already in the line up ready to surf his semi against Kelly Slater, was the first person to paddle over and embrace Medina in congratulations, despite the fact his win meant the end of Wilson's own title chances. 

Wilson could have been crowned World Champion if Medina had failed to qualify for the decider. 

The two rivals went on to face off in the final, with Medina narrowly beating Wilson to also secure the win at the Pipe Masters. 

"That was a good final," Medina said. "Julian is the toughest competitor to go with.

"He won in the final against me a couple of years ago, and now I have got this one!"

This is the second world title for Medina, who won previously in 2014. "I put in a lot of work this year," he said, emotional after the win. "Everything's paid off." 

Check out the full recap of the event, direct from Parko's front lawn. 

Wilson. Pic: WSL/Cestari

Wilson. Pic: WSL/Cestari

PIC: WSL

PIC: WSL


PIC: WSL

PIC: WSL

Pic: Corey Wilson/Rip Curl

Pic: Corey Wilson/Rip Curl



PIC: WSL

PIC: WSL

Pic: Corey Wilson/Rip Curl

Pic: Corey Wilson/Rip Curl


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