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The Inertia

If you’re a pro surfing fan, you likely watched Carissa Moore and Italo Ferreira win the Newcastle Cup. It was the first World Surf League event in a long time, and it wasn’t short on memorable moments. Rookie Morgan Cibilic beat world champion John John Florence. The WSL announced they would be added a Mexico spot to the tour. And Medina produced an aerial that blasted skin off faces. His aerial surfing is scary good, and Gabriel Medina’s air in the semifinal proved it… again.

After Cibilic ousted John John, he came up against another world champion in the semis. Gabriel Medina wasn’t going to fall victim to the local, and he put everything into his heat against him. “Everything”, in Medina’s case, is a lot, and Cibilic, despite his local knowledge and serious momentum, just couldn’t keep up. Of all the memorable things that happened at the event, the air Medina completed at the 3:13 mark in the video above might be the most memorable. It earned him a 9.70 and the highest single wave score of the event.

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