Gabriel Medina has won his first ASP World Championship Tour surfing title, becoming the first Brazilian to claim the sport's top prize.
The 20-year-old clinched the championship Friday when Australian Mick Fanning, the defending world champion, failed to advance out of the fifth round of the Billabong Pipeline Masters in Hawaii.
Eleven-time world champion
Medina has advanced to the Pipeline Masters semifinals by defeating countryman Filipe Toledo. Medina will face Australian Josh Kerr.
It was another Brazilian, Alejo Muniz, who helped deliver the title to Medina. Muniz defeated Slater and Fanning on his way to the Pipe Masters quarterfinals.