AROUND San Francisco, 98.1 KIIS plays old school funk and soul, and Tone Loc's Funky Cold Medina is on the playlist. Unsurprisingly, funky, cold and medina were buzzwords for the final day of the Rip Curl Pro Search: Somewhere in San Francisco, won by Brazilian rookie comet Gabriel Medina.
"This has been incredible," Medina said. "This is my second World Tour win and it has been great. I'm having fun on the Tour. I don't know what I did out there, I just try to go big and it was great to have a final with Parko. He is one of my favorite surfers."
The final day was Monday, November 7, the sixth day of the waiting period. San Francisco weather changes from hour-to-hour, tide-to-tide, day-to-day, and whilst some were hoping to see the world's best competing in perfect, 10-foot a framing Ocean Beach, the organisers opted for a decent day of overhead, lumpy surf that offered occasional barrels going both ways and a complicated field of sections and closeouts -- perfect ramps for the new aerial paradigm on display.
The day began with a truncated three out of four Round 4 heats, because Pat Gudauskas was out injured. Taylor Knox defeated Brazil's Miguel Pupo, Gabriel Medina defeated Matt Wilkinson, Brett Simpson advanced automatically and Joel Parkinson beat Owen Wright.
Taylor Knox is even older than Kelly Slater and he beat fellow veteran Kieren Perrow in the first quarter. Kelly Slater looked uninspired in the second quarter and some thought he sat in the wrong spot and missed a lot of good rights and went down to Gabriel Medina - the 17-year-old wunderkind from Maresias, Brazil. Alejo Muniz and Joel Parkinson beat Brett Simpson and a fired up Josh Kerr in their quarters to advance to the semis.
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