Me­d­ina well placed for world ti­tle at Pipe

Guardian Express - - SPORT -

THE pointy end of the men’s World Surf League World Ti­tle race is upon us at the Pipe Mas­ters in Hawaii.

Aus­tralia’s Ryan Cal­li­nan was victorious in the fi­nal of the tri­als in dif­fi­cult con­di­tions, earn­ing him a spot at Pipe.

As the fi­nal stop on the men’s tour, Pipe has seen many world ti­tles de­cided over the years and 2018 is no dif­fer­ent.

Aus­tralia’s Ju­lian Wil­son and Brazil’s Felipe Toledo will be hop­ing for a sub-par per­for­mance by cur­rent rat­ings leader Gabriel Me­d­ina, of Brazil.

Both Ju­lian and Felipe will need im­pres­sive fin­ishes as well as an early exit by Me­d­ina to give them­selves a shot at a maiden world ti­tle.

A solid per­for­mance by Me­d­ina will see him earn his sec­ond WSL world ti­tle, hav­ing taken out the 2014 sea­son when he tied with Kelly Slater as the youngest world cham­pion of all time.

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