Gabriel Medina Soars to Top Spot on Leaderboard
Two-time World Champion Gabriel Medina (BRA) held nothing back in the Final of the Rip Curl Narrabeen Cup, posting the highest two-wave combination of the entire event to overcome Californian Conner Coffin (USA) for his 15th CT victory. Medina posted his excellent 18.77 heat total (out of a possible 20) within the first 15 minutes of the 35-minute Final with back-to-back full-rotation air-reverses.
I havent had this winning feeling for a while and it feels amazing, Medina said. It feels good to put on that sort of a performance in a Final. Sticking my airs and hearing the crowd chant my name was really cool. Ive had a few finals recently but was making some mistakes, but it feels good to come back here and fix my mistakes. I feel like I got better and am so happy with my performance. This has been a fun week. Ive never had such a good time here in Australia. The Northern Beaches have been so nice, the food, the beaches, the people. We have had so much amazing support on the beach as well, its just been so fun.
win puts Medina up to World No. 1 and gives him his best-ever start to
a season, a terrifying prospect for the rest of the WSL Championship Tour
field. The top-ranking surfer before the Rip Curl WSL Finals will have
a major advantage over the Top 5 as they will be seeded into the Final
Heat of the day for a best-of-three battle. Medinas lead will be
critical to his campaign on the road to the Rip Curl WSL Finals in order
to give himself the best shot at his third World Title.
so stoked to make it into another Final, said Coffin. I got
so smoked, but I had a good time. Gabby (Medina) is such an incredible
surfer, so it was always going to be tough but his performance just then
was so incredible so it was actually just cool to be a part of that. Ive
had an amazing time so far in Australia and have managed to put up back-to-back
results so Im really happy.
Caroline Marks (USA) earned her third CT victory today after defeating fellow goofy-footer Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA) in the Final, Courtney Conlogue (USA) in the Semifinals, and Johanne Defay (FRA) in the Quarterfinals. Marks displayed incredible poise and control on her frontside, gouging the bowling lefts of North Narrabeen. Known as having one of the best backhand attacks on the CT, today Marks proved her forehand is not to be underestimated either.
I feel so emotional actually after everything thats led to getting here, Marks said. Im just so stoked. This is the sickest feeling ever. This has been really fun. Its been so sick to go left in an event. Narrabeen has been amazing, and I want to thank all the locals for letting us take over this epic wave for the week. I also want to thank my family, support crew, and WSL for getting me here. Im over the moon.
was the youngest-ever surfer to ever qualify for the CT when she was 15
years old and has taken the CT by storm. In 2019, only her second year
on Tour, Marks came second in the world and became an Olympic qualifier
for the United States. Now, with the new Rip Curl WSL Finals, Marks
win today gets her one step closer to qualifying in the Final 5, where
she could win her maiden World Title at her home break at Lower Trestles
in San Clemente, California.
En route to the Final, Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA) took down four-time WSL Champion Carissa Moore (HAW) in the Semifinals and Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) in the Semifinals. The Brazilian was unable to overcome Marks in her eighth Finals appearance, but her efforts move her up from World No. 5 to World No. 3 on the rankings, furthering her into the Final 5.
Going left in an event for me is a dream come true for me, Weston-Webb said. I was proud of my surfing this week in Narrabeen. Newcastle definitely wasnt my best result. Even though I felt like I surfed well there I felt like I didnt capitalize on my opportunities. Coming to Narrabeen was all about a change of pace and momentum for myself and just to show everyone that Ive been working on my surfing a lot. Now we head to West Aus, which is a place I love, so Im looking forward to keeping a roll going.
the first time this season, Moore did not make the Final and was eliminated
in equal 3rd place. Despite the Semifinal loss, the four-time WSL Champion
is still in the top position on the rankings, thanks to her high placing
in Narrabeen, win at Newcastle, and runner-up finish at Pipe.
next stop on the 2021 WSL CT will be the Boost Mobile Margaret River Pro
pres. by Corona, starting May 2 through May 12. The event will be broadcast
LIVE on WorldSurfLeague.com and the free WSL app. Also, check local listings
for coverage from the WSL's broadcast partners.
Curl Narrabeen Classic Mens Final Results:
Curl Narrabeen Classic Womens Semifinal Results:
Curl Narrabeen Classic Mens Semifinal Results:
Curl Narrabeen Classic Womens Quarterfinal Results:
Curl Narrabeen Classic Mens Quarterfinal Results:
Mens Championship Tour Leaderboard Top 5:
to COVID-19, the Australian CT events will run based on state border closures,
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All tour stops and dates subject to change due to applicable COVID-19
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