Gabriel Medina vs. Matt Wilkinson at Cloudbreak.
Medina moved into second place on the world championship rankings behind Australia's Matt Wilkinson, who he beat in the final.
The world's best surfers were again presented with huge barrelling waves at Cloudbreak.Eleven-time world champion Kelly Slater had been a standout during the event until he was beaten by Medina in the semi-finals.
Wilkinson managed to overcome Hawaiian tube-riding gun John John Florence in the quarter-finals before defeating his close mate Adrian Buchan in the semi-finals.
The Australian struggled to find the right waves in the final while Medina claimed two high-scoring tube rides to win the final 15.60 to 6.34.
"I'm really tired right now but so happy to beat Wilko as he has been surfing so well," Medina said after his win.
US OPEN OF SURFING
The US Open of Surfing is the world's largest surf competition and lifestyle festival. Each summer, over half a million people attend the event over the course of nine fun-filled days. The best surfers in the world compete for one of the largest prize purses in the industry, along with essential points in their bid to become crowned the world's best surfer.
The list of US Open of Surfing champions reads like a list of Who's Who in Surfing. It includes Kelly Slater, Rob Machado, Andy Irons, Brett Simpson, Julian Wilson, Alejo Muniz, Sunny Garcia, Stephanie Gilmore, Carissa Moore, and Courtney Conlogue.
In addition to surfing, events in recent years have included skateboarding and BMX competitions, live music, movie premieres, fashion shows, and product demos and samples from your favorite industry brands including Vans, Nike, Hurley, GoPro and more.
The US Open of Surfing typically takes place in late July or early August. Those wishing to attend should make plans in advance, as nearby hotels tend to sell out each year. More information about the US Open of Surfing can be found on their website.
While the US Open of Surfing is certainly Huntington Beach's largest and most well-known surfing event, it is only one of nearly 50 surfing competitions that take place each year. From the Katin Pro/Am to National Scholastic Surfing Association competitions to the City of Huntington Beach's annual Surf Open, hardly a weekend goes by without a pop-up tent on the sand sheltering judges and competitors for that week's event. Because the best waves are often found at the crack of dawn, these events tend to take place early in the morning and can sometimes be gone before you know it. For a list of upcoming surfing events, view the event calendar below.
Dive In and Make a Difference!
COME JOIN US FOR SOME POOL PUZZLE FUN!
Join us for the 18th Annual Scuba for Diabetes on Sunday, April 17, 2016 at Cleveland State University Natatorium! Form a team or be paired with other divers to assemble 1 of 6 giant 220-piece puzzles underwater.
A minimum donation of $100 is required to participate. Each diver will receive a commemorative SCUBA FOR DIABETES t-shirt, plus sixty plus minutes of dive time and a certificate for a free air fill at one of the participating dive shops, valid the month following the event!
Participation is for divers age 10 or older with signed waivers and valid certification cards. Divers need to bring their own gear, including tanks and soft weights.
Every dollar raised from this event stays right here in NE so those affected by diabetes receive the support they need to live well with the disease.
Get involved, get active and make a difference! Participate in honor or in memory of a loved one with diabetes, volunteer or hold your own event!
Make a donation or register to participate! From this secure website you can create your own personal fundraising page to email friends and family for donations, track your fundraising progress, and compete for great prizes!
Every dollar you raise stays right here in Northeast Ohio so that those affected by diabetes receive the support they need from Diabetes Partnership of Cleveland to live well with the disease. Diabetes Partnership of Cleveland is here as your partner in managing diabetes throughout your life. Services include diabetes education and support programs and Camp Ho Mita Koda for children with diabetes.
We're counting on you to make a big splash this year!
Final Day Highlights
Dion Atkinson and Nikki Van Dijk took the honours in the Surf Stadium while Rune Glifberg and Renton Millar were the champions of the GoPro Beach Bowl
De Souza Clinches the 2015 World Title and Pipe Masters Crown on Finals Day
Finals Day at the Billabong Pipe Masters was filled with brilliant performances but the day ultimately belonged to Brazil, culminating in a Final with two of its biggest stars. After a decade of dedication, Adriano de Souza became the second Brazilian World Champion ever, and the first-ever Brazilian winner of the Pipe Masters. Gabriel Medina, who faced De Souza in the Final and won the first-ever Title for Brazil, didn't go home empty-handed. In another first for Brazil, Medina won the 2015 Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, which goes to the surfer with the highest points total for its three events.