Gabriel Medina Claims Men's ASP World Junior Title with Win at HD World Junior Championships
JOAQUINA BEACH, Florianopolis/BRA (Saturday, November 2, 2013): Gabriel Medina (BRA), 19, has claimed the 2013 Men's ASP World Junior Title by winning the HD World Junior Championships presented by Devassa over Ramzi Boukhiam (MAR), 20, in a high-scoring Final at Joaquina Beach in Florianopolis, Brazil.
The ASP World Junior Championship Title has been won by some of surfing's most iconic talent including the likes of reigning ASP World Champion Joel Parkinson (AUS), 32, Adriano de Souza (BRA), 26, Jordy Smith (ZAF), 26, and Andy Irons (HAW). In addition to the the prestigious crown, surfers who placed Top 4 at the HD World Junior Championships have earned a position in to the Round of 96 for all ASP Prime and 6-Star rated events for 2014, potentially fast-tracking their qualification campaigns towards the elite ASP World Championship Tour. Surfers finishing fifth through eighth have earned a guaranteed seed in to Round 1 of all ASP 6-Star events.
Medina would go on to dominate the final day of competition, posting the highest scores of each round, eventually peaking in the Final. The Brazilian goofy-footer would own the Final from start to finish, amassing the event's highest single-wave score of a near-perfect 9.97 out of 10 for a massive backside air followed with a flurry of turns. Medina's efforts would be combined with another excellent ride, securing a 18.26 out of 20 heat total and the coveted ASP World Junior Title.
"This feels really good," Medina said. "I'm so happy to win this event and I've never had a World Title in the juniors. That was a great Final against Ramzi (Boukhiam). He's a good friend of mine and he was surfing good all week. I just tried to do my thing in the Final, airs, turns, and I got two good scores. I'm going to prepare for Hawaii now and hopefully I can finish the year strong."
MEN'S HD WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS FINAL RESULT:
1st – Gabriel Medina (BRA) 18.26
2nd – Ramzi Boukhiam (MAR) 11.60