Following a day of big upsets and a costly interference call during Round 3 at the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast, reigning World Champion Gabriel Medina (BRA) joined Dawn Patrol to discuss his controversial post-heat interview.
"Yesterday was the wrong one," Medina said, of his approach to handling disappointment after a do-or-die heat against Glenn Hall (IRL) in which he was flagged for an interference.
"This is professional surfing's biggest stage, the stakes are high and there is no shortage of passion," WSL officials said in a statement following the incident. "Gabriel's post-heat interview was not worthy conduct of an athlete at this level and the league has engaged in discussions with him and will take further action if necessary."
But for Hall's part, what happens in the water stays in the water. "He was way too close to me for me to be able to get a clean take off," he said after their matchup. "We did have words out in the water but it's nothing personal."
Medina's loss in Round 3 was all the more significant because he won the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast in 2014. The victory proved to be his first stepping stone to winning a World Title -- a first for Medina, and a first for Brazil.
He'll compete next at the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach, to air LIVE daily at worldsurfleague.com April 1 - 12.