LACANAU, France (Friday, August 20, 2010) – Gabriel Medina (BRA), 17, has won the third stop of this year’s ASP Europe Specialty 6.0 Cash for Tricks Series today, the brilliant athlete taking control of proceedings from his very first wave through to the final in excellent four-foot (1.2 meter) waves at Lacanau.
Medina, who left no chance to the high-performance field of aerial specialists, impressed the early-morning crowds with a variety of new-school tricks including an upside-down reverse air 360° combined with a Superman on one single wave. Renowned for his talent in this kind of surfing, Medina confirmed he was one of the current world’s best today.
“It was so fun to do that event this morning in such excellent waves,” Medina said. “We had all the time to get these glassy launching ramps and push our tricks to their most so to finish atop a field of guys including Josh Kerr (AUS), Miguel Pupo (BRA) and Mitch Coleborn (AUS) is pretty cool.”
Medina, who placed 3rd in the last ASP World Junior Championships (WJC) back in January, managed to unleash a variety of tricks to seize a good €1425 prize purse through three consecutive heats, taking the most prestigious stop of the 6.0 Cash for Tricks Series to date.
“The concept is great and I think many of us surfers like to see new formats that mix competition and fun,” Medina said. “We are lucky we got good waves and everyone tried their best to deliver a good show. Can’t wait now to get into ASP 6-Star event mode and keep that ball rolling in my heat.”
Finishing 3rd overall with some impressive progressive surfing, former ASP 6-Star Sooruz Lacanau Pro winner Tim Curran (California, USA) managed to shine amongst the field of athletes, the experienced athlete now a famous free-surfer and musician taking €500 for his run.
Much expected for his return to Lacanau eleven years after his victory here (1999), Curran showed he was still in excellent form popping no-grab alley-oops and high air reverses to leave a strong impression before his start in the ASP 6-Star event.
“I am grateful to the Sooruz organizers for inviting me in Lacanau,” Curran said. “Being in the ASP 6-Star event and getting the chance to compete in the 6.0 Cash for Tricks is really nice. I haven’t been in France for four or five years and I love coming here so to be part of the show is great.”
With world famous surfers Julian Wilson (AUS), Tim Boal (FRA), Marc Lacomare (FRA), Kai Barger (HAW), 6.0 Cash for Tricks Stops 1 and 2 winners Joan Duru (FRA), Reubyn Ash (GBR) all delivering a solid performance, today’s edition saw some brilliant surfing looking promising for the remainder of the ASP 6-Star Sooruz Lacanau Pro running until Sunday, August 22, 2010.
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ASP EUROPE SPECIALTY 6.0 CASH FOR TRICKS TOP 5 FINISH
1 – Gabriel Medina (BRA), ASP World Junior No. 3, €1425
2 – Mitch Coleborn (AUS), €960
3 – Timmy Curran (USA), former ASP World Tour member, €545
4 – Marc Lacomare (FRA), former ASP European Junior Champion, €505
5 – Jay Davies (AUS), €505