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Tanner Gudauskas’ victory over Gabriel Medina in the third round of the Hurley Pro at Trestles on Sept. 10 caused quite a stir, and has sent much of the surfing world into a frenzy.
Gudauskas, a San Clemente native, had four scores in the “8’s” during the heat, and scored two waves of 8.67 and 8.67 for a total of 17.34. Medina, who had the highest scoring wave in the heat, posted numbers of 8.83 and 8.30 for a 17.13 total. The win punched Gudauskas’ ticket to the quarterfinals.
Going into his last wave of the closely contested heat, Medina needed a score of at least 8.34 but was awarded an 8.30. Much of the outrage in the aftermath of the heat was focused on Medina’s last ride, which some feel warranted a higher score. The Twitter hashtag #worldshameleague made the rounds in protest of the judges’ decisions.
The World Surf League’s top-ranked surfer, John John Florence, was also eliminated earlier in the day, which gave Medina an opening to jump up the Jeep World Leaderboard with a victory in the heat. But Gudauskas’ performance denied him that chance.
Wildcard Brett Simpson from Huntington Beach beat second-ranked Matt Wilkinson in Round 2. Both Gudauskas and Simpson are now into the quarterfinals. Kolohe Andino was defeated by 11-time world champion Kelly Slater.
Advance to the 8:38 mark in the following video for WSL’s complete re-cap of the heat.