FLORIANOPOLIS, Santa Catarina (Sunday, July 12, 2009) – The young Brazilian Gabriel Medina (15) has taken out the win at the ASP WQS 6-Star Maresia Surf International at Mole Beach in Florianopolis today, defeating Brazilian veteran Neco Padaratz (32) after putting on an amazing display of frontside surfing and big aerials.
The young Brazilian, only 15-years of age, walked away with US$20,000 in prize money and 2,500 ASP WQS ratings points for the win, becoming the youngest surfer ever to win an ASP WQS event. With a heat score of 15.83 out of a possible 20, Medina proved the surfer of the event and deservedly took the title of Maresia Surf International.
In a beatiful sunny day with messy three-to-four foot conditions waves, the Brazilian goofy-footer was in amazing form, blasting some vertical maneuvers and big aerials on his way to victory. Medina officially announced his intentions when he logged a 7.50 to take early lead. Neco quickly answered back with a 5.50 and a 6.50 with solid backhand attack.
With five minutes to go, Medina arrived back in the lineup he found himself sitting directly in the path of a long left. Medina squared up and went vertically up the face to smash a huge re-entry, racing down the line and with two additional turns secure a high score of 8.33 points out of a possible 10 and leave Neco needing a 9.33 score to win.
With no waves coming, Neco was unable to found a high score, and Medina was crowned the 2009 Maresia Surf International Champion.