Medina drives back interest to the Quik Pro
Wow, what happened? One decides to go to sleep at around midnight and the whole World Tour goes mental in just one day at the Quik Pro.
Quarterfinals have been decided in poor to bad conditions and most of the big names are out.
First of all, the King, even after changing his board half way through the heat, lost against a rookie. I was just telling my gal yesterday how, in a previous interview, Kelly sounded amped, almost enthusiastic for the competition. He looked in pretty good shape and happy to surf mushy waist high waves. Turns out the young Italo Ferreira had something to teach Kelly about small waves surfing. With a lethal, unexpected performance, he left Kelly free to chase bigger swells and better waves. Win-win for both I guess.
The Medina interference looks to me as a trick organized by the WSL to drive media attention towards this otherwise pretty boring event. Mix together a young brazilian world champ, an interference, an argument in the water between the two athletes and top it with Medina swearing online and you’ll have the perfect Quik Pro Gold Coast cake. I don’t think Medina should be fined for the post-heat interview, he just reported Glen’s words. But I do think we should go on discussing it so that the WSL owners will think the media attention on the Tour is worth the investment and will go on financing surf events all around the World.
Going on reading the results, I felt pretty bummed seeing the defeat of Dusty Payne by Mick Fanning. Dusty’s last year performance to re-qualify had all the ingredients of a Hollywood Blockbuster. I simply liked it.
Patacchia riding the only wave he caught in the entire heat on a rock? Priceless, judges should have given him a 10, as he clearly illustrated afterwards:“Judging criteria – speed, power and flow. I believe I ticked all the boxes, not to mention innovation,” he wrote. “Under scored? I think so. Haha.”
The stand out of the day were, to me, Filipe Toledo and Taj Burrow. The first one proving again that he’s got the best small wave game on Tour. I can imagine him frothing as he looked at the forecast during the endless waiting period, any chance of a solid swell disappearing as the days went by. If the World Tour was as unlucky with the forecast as it has been for the Quik Pro throughout the whole year, then the young brazilian would be the next Kelly Slater.
Taj was out there reminding us, together with Mick, that the old guys can still beat the young guns. I personally love Taj’s style and really think that it’s his time to win a World Title. I hope the defeat of most of the other big seeds will give him the drive to push his limits and get what he has deserved, but never accomplished.