Gabriel Medina outshines Kelly Slater in Tahiti

Last updated 15:33 26/08/2014
Kelly Slater
Reuters
OUTCLASSED: Surfing icon Kelly Slater was beaten by Gabriel Medina in the final of the world surfing tour event in Tahiti.

Relevant offers

Other Sports

Ian Anderson: All Blacks a sitter for Team of the Year at Halberg Awards NZ Diamondblacks stay alive in World Baseball Classic qualifier with big win Racquel Sheath doubles gold tally, Natasha Hansen makes it three at track champs Two AFL players earning a million plus per season Courier delay sees Hayden Roulston fined for wearing the wrong gear Auckland, Nelson most winning regions in New Zealand sport Hayden Wilde off to strong start in Coast to Coast Former multisport star Lynch warns of post-career dangers Shaun Johnson ready to Marshall the Warriors against Benji's Dragons in Nelson Julia Ratcliffe in best form since Commonwealth Games ahead of Porritt Classic

Current world number one Gabriel Medina has beaten veteran Kelly Slater in an epic final to win the world surfing tour event in Tahiti.

Brazilian Medina edged out 11-times world champion Slater by a mere 0.03 in the decider at the famous Teahupo'o reef break on Tuesday.

Slater needed to score a 9.33 in the dying stages, but only managed 9.30 with the last wave to go down 18.96 to 18.93.

Medina maintains his lead on the tour rankings ahead of Slater, who shot up four places into second.

Australia's Joel Parkinson has slipped down to third, ahead of Michel Bourez, and countrymen Mick Fanning and Taj Burrow who both lost ground.

Four events remain on the 11-stop tour, with the Hurley Pro at Trestles in California next up in September.

Ad Feedback

- AAP

Special offers
Opinion poll

Will Shane Cameron beat Kali Meehan on Saturday?

For sure. Cameron will knock him out.

It will be close but I think Cameron on points.

Meehan will knock him out. This is his last fight.

I'm tipping Meehan to win on points.

Vote Result

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content