Gabriel Medina wins the 2012 Nike Lowers Pro

Gabriel Medina has taken the 2012 Nike Lowers Pro after defeating veteran campaigner Glenn Hall, in two-to-four foot waves at Lower Trestles. The win earns him a $40,000 paycheck, a 14-karat solid-gold spike and major ASP World Ranking points. “This is a very special win and it has been a long week,” Medina said. “I’m going to Brazil now with more confidence and this has been great.” Watch the final highlights, here . Medina’s run at the Nike Lowers Pro was one of complete dominance, as the young Brazilian earned several of the event’s top scores including the only flawless 10-point ride. “I love Trestles so much,” Medina said. “It’s just such a good wave and it’s one of my favorites, I just don’t even have words to explain how I’m feeling right now. I’m stoked.”

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Guinness World Records confirm Garrett McNamara’s Nazaré wave as the biggest ever

Garrett McNamara has officially surfed the biggest wave ever. The Guinness World Records have confirmed that McNamara has ridden a 78-foot wave (23,7 metres) in Nazaré, Portugal, to dethrone Mike Parsons and his wave at Cortes Bank. The announcement was made during the 2012 Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards and confirms what SurferToday.com has reported in November 2011, right after the incredible stunt in the Nazaré Canyon. “It’s amazing we get to do what we do, I am so grateful. The world record doesn’t mean as much to me, this is for the town of Nazaré and Portugal and for all my family and friends there. To be able to give them something to be proud of and inspire them, a world record for this town doing it tough in the middle of nowhere is great,” said McNamara. “I didn’t want to get caught up in it all, but I have to tell you the truth, when they announced my name I got a bigger rush than probably on all the waves I rode this year.”

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Dane Reynolds and friends ignite the Nike Lowers Pro 2012

Dane Reynolds, John John Florence, Jeremy Flores, Glenn Hall, Adrian Buchan, Tanner and Pat Gudauskas. The quarterfinalists of the Nike Lowers Pro 2012 are ready to discuss the last waves, at Lower Trestles, California. Reynolds took the day’s highest scores with a near-perfect 9.80 single wave score en route to a combined heat-total of 18.63 out of 20 at the one-metre right-handers. “I’ve been feeling really sketchy this event and been having unsuccessful free-surfs,” Reynolds said. “I was feeling better in that one. I had been riding a different board in every heat and I rode this one this morning and just stuck with it.” Gabriel Medina was in need of an excellent ride with time winding down in the Round of 16 match and launched a gigantic air-reverse to earn a 9.50 out of 10 to solidify a victory over the Huntington Beach surfer in a high-scoring heat of 17.96 to 17.43.

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Dane Reynolds and friends ignite the Nike Lowers Pro 2012

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