Juice…


I’ve covered professional surfing for 13 years, so it’s obvious to me after watching the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast that the “new look” Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) is marketing to Brazil. Young Brazilian Gabriel Medina, 20, beat Australian Joel Parkinson, 32, in a shocker final at Parko’s home break: Snapper Rock. Medina’s high scores came from picking off waves on the inside while Parko’s rides were board-breaking, late-drops behind the rock. Parko got barreled and displayed a wide-variety of turns with his signature flow of smooth power. Medina did the same vertical snaps all day and the judges slurped him with scores in the excellent range. This first contest of the World Tour was a sham!

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