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Gabriel Medina Places Second in the 2019 Billabong Pipe Masters
A devastating loss but an insane performance.
It’s been a huge year for Gabriel Medina, a 2x World Champion attempting to go back-to-back from a World Title win in 2018. Two event wins, countless Final heats and an almost unmatched number of quarterfinals. Perfect barrels, insane airs and performances that will go down in history.
Today, at the 2019 Billabong Pipe Masters, Gabriel was ready to fight until the end for that third World Title. Heading into the event, he had one clear goal – win the Pipe Masters, win the World Title. Gabriel surfed an almost perfect event, clocking some of the highest scores and deepest barrels, through to the Final heat of the event.
In the end it was fellow Brazilian Italo Ferreira who took the win again Gabriel, claiming both the 2019 World Title and the win of the 2019 Billabong Pipe Masters.
But as Gabriel said… “I have a goal, to become a 3x World Champion. I’m working to get that – and that’s it.”
We’ll see him compete on the WSL World Tour in 2020, and something tells us he won’t stop until he claims that third World Title.