Sorry for the tiny screen shot, its huge before I upload it. Ohh well, you get the gist. He said the kid is an all around stud in the water and he steps up to the plate in conditions he isn't even comfortable in and dominates. Not bad from the King. But he does warn him about the crazy Brazilians.
Wow! If Tiger Woods said that aboot Rory McIlroy, passing the torch so to speak, the entire golfing world would be a twitter. But Kelly has more class in his little finger than Tiger has in his entire peni$. Kelly is just getting fired up again, but I have never heard him speak so highly of a competitor, not even his arch rival AI. See, that is a perfect example of how much class and sportsmanship we have here in the dirty souff! Don't be a hater, be a congratulator! (I still hate Medina).
Last edited by sisurfdogg; Aug 28, 2014 at 12:50 AM.
Reason: trying to slide it by the censors
Here's an easier to read text version from Kelly's Facebook page:
Originally Posted by Kelly Slater
On stage at the awards ceremony...Congrats are in order for Gabriel Medina and his performance this week. There are more conversations happening about this guy than anyone and for good reason. He's the most dangerous guy in the world of surfing. Why?
Just this year he won at Snapper, a wave dominated by regular footers for over 10 years. He won in Fiji, one of the classic waves on tour. And now he wins the #BillabongProTahiti in giant surf, an event that he wasn't conside...red to be a main threat by many people. That's exactly why Medina has become so dangerous...he can and does win in waves/conditions where he doesn't even have a lot of experience at yet and people don't know what to expect.
He's more determined and hungry for the win than any other surfer. He's complete, combining airs, barrel riding, and carving. He can shoot whole video parts in single sessions. He has passed every test thrown his way. Even though I'm gonna do everything in my power to stop this guy this year, I'm a big fan of his surfing and he's a really good guy.
The biggest obstacles he will face in his career will be staying motivated long-term and dealing with a fanatical, Brasilian fan base (#BrasilianSwarm?) that is resting the hopes of a country on his shoulders. I'm sure he'll accept and handle that challenge like every other one thrown his way so far. Congratulations for your #Teahupoo win and hold on for a huge career ahead. #ThisGuyShreds #HisFansWannaKillMe #TeahupooDiary2014 GoPro ASP World Tour Surfing