THE Oi Rio Pro, the fourth stop on the World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT), continued on Tuesday at Barrinha with pumping four-to-six foot (1.2-1.8 metre) waves for the remaining six heats of men’s round two and men’s round three.
Brazilian superstar Gabriel Medina had the crowd going crazy during his match-up against Culburra Beach’s Mikey Wright (AUS).
Medina locked in two back-to-back six-point rides for an early lead over the replacement surfer and spent the remainder of the heat trying to land big airs for his family and fans on the beach.
Wright came close to winning with two six-point rides of his own but fell just 0.46 points short of eliminating Brazil’s first world champion.
“I was trying to get two good waves at the start,” Medina said after the heat against Wright.
“And then I saw the wave scores were kind of hard to do turns because the wind was tricky to surf this wave.
“I saw the wind was really good to do airs.
“I had two sixes and then I just went for it.
“Hopefully, I can land them in the next round.”
Mikey’s brother Owen was eliminated in round two, while both his sister Tyler and Gerroa’s Sally Fitzgibbons will go head to head in heat one of round three of the women’s Oi Rio Pro.