Medina, Spencer Sweep Saquarema Pro
It’s been a big week down in Brazil as Rip Curl’s own Alyssa Spencer and Gabriel Medina ripped their way to the top of the podium at the Corona Saquarema Pro.
For the effort, Spencer moves up the Challenger Series leaderboard eight spots and now sits ranked sixth, one spot below the cutline. The final event of the 2022 Challenger Series will be the Haleiwa Challenger, which kicks off the end of November.
Meanwhile, for Medina, his tour de force in Saquarema marks his return to competition after an extended hiatus due to injury. After more than 130 days out of the arena, always the showman, Medina dazzled the adoring crowd from the first horn of the first heat, and when the pressure was on in the final, he did what he does best—go next level.
In the first heat of the event Medina faced off against rising talent Crosby Colapinto, Kehu Butler and Gabriel Klaussner. He made short work of the next generation as he continued to build momentum all the way to finals day.
Up against Morocco’s Ramzi Boukhiam, who was looking to clinch his spot on the 2023 Championship Tour, Medina fell behind early in the final, and with 10 minutes remaining, it looked like the North African surfer was about to drop the upset of the event. Then he made a slight priority mistake. It was enough for Medina to smell blood. Two mid-range scores later and the three-time world champ was celebrating on the beach.
It's likely the next time we'll see Medina in a jersey is when the 2023 Championship Tour season kicks off at Pipeline the end of January.
Photos courtesy WSL