Caroline Marks and Gabriel Medina victorious again on WSL tour in Sydney

Two-time WSL champ Medina thrills with air-show at the Narrabeen Classic to reclaim number 1 spot as 19-year-old Marks claims third CT event win

By James Pratt

For two-time world surfing champion Gabriel Medina, it was third time lucky.

The Brazilian had finished second in the two previous World Surf League events, but at the Narrabeen Classic in Sydney he claimed his first win of the 2021 Championship Tour season.

Not that luck had much to do with it. Medina put on a display of aerial skills to post scores of 9.27 and 9.50 in his men's final win over Conner Coffin.

The victory moves him into the world number 1 ranking, above fellow countryman Italo Ferreira who had claimed the top spot with a win in Newcastle, at the start of a year where the sport makes its Olympic debut at the Tokyo 2020 Games.

Teenager Caroline Marks claims third event win

It was a very different route to victory in the women's event, where teenager Caroline Marks claimed the third event win in her career.

The 19-year-old American beat Brazil's Tatiana Weston-Webb in a close fought encounter. 

Marks moves up to second in the world rankings, behind reigning world champ Carissa Moore who had won the first competition in the Australian leg of the WSL Championship tour earlier in April.

The Championship Tour format was revamped this season, changing the way world champions are crowned.

After the 'regular season' ends in August, a surf-off will take place at Lower Trestles in California in September.

The new WSL Finals sees the five men and five women with the most points compete for the world title in a one-day surf-off, winner takes all.