Gabriel Medina clinches world surfing title at Pipe Masters as Jesse Mendes takes Triple Crown

Kelly Slater has again shown why he is the king of surfing with a ridiculous wipeout recovery at Hawaii's famous Pipeline break. The 11-time world champion was deep inside a tube in his third round heat at the Pipe Masters when he was clipped and knocked off his board.

Brazil’s Gabriel Medina clinched the world surfing championship today at the Billabong Pipe Masters.

The deciding moment came in his semifinal victory over South Africa’s Jordy Smith and it came in clean, 8-12 foot waves in front of an estimated 4,000 fans at Ehukai Beach.

Medina entered the day with Australia’s Julian Wilson as the only competitors left with a chance at surfing’s biggest prize that is determined by the year-long points title.

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