Medina is magical in Pipe Masters world title win

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    Gabriel Medina is chaired up the beach on a day in which he won both the Billabong Pipe Masters and the 2018 Championship Tour world title at Pipeline, Monday on Oahu. Medina clinched his second career world title by topping Jordy Smith in the semifinals, then defeated Julian Wilson in the final for his first career Pipe Masters win.

By any measurable standard, the last five years have belonged completely to Gabriel Medina. Since breaking through with his first world title in 2014, the Brazilian phenom has been the only consistently great competitor at every event, year in, year out. There’s a debate to be had about whether he or John John is the best in the world, but from a purely analytical standpoint, it’s not even close.