Gabriel Medina's ASP World Title Highlights
With flags waving, Gabriel Medina is chaired up the beach as the first Brazilian to ever win an ASP World Title.
Medina took early command of the final with a perfect 10-point ride on his backhand.
Just in case the judges missed anything, Medina puts his stamp of approval on the 10-pointer.
All year long Medina stepped up and was consistently the best surfer in any and all conditions. His comfort at Pipeline speaks to his versatility.
With time ticking down in the final, Julian Wilson locked into this wave to get a near-perfect 9.7 to come from behind and win both the Pipe Masters and the coveted Triple Crown of Surfing.
Overcome with emotion, Wilson flies out with the spit.
After a rough year, Wilson ended with a bang. Winning the Pipe Masters and the Triple Crown, he'll have plenty of momentum going into the 2015 season.
Trying to focus on what he had to do in the water, Medina blocked out the weight of a nation and got the job done.
Medina receives a kiss from his mom for good luck before paddling out, seizing the moment and making history.
Gabriel, Charlie Medina
With their game face on, Medina and his step-father/coach Charlie Serrano make their way up the beach.
It was obvious from the onset of the final day of the Pipe Masters that a focused and determined Medina wasn't going to let the title slip from his grasp.
Putting in a brilliant final day at the Pipeline Masters, Medina surfed himself into the final, where he earned a 10-point ride, but ended up just shy of the win as Julian Wilson made a late comeback.
With an exuberant Brazilian crowd on hand to support its champion, they'll be partying tonight in Rio and on the North Shore, that's for sure.
Kelly Slater had a shot at a record 12th world title, but at 42 years old time may be running out as a spry 20-year-old Medina dominated the day.
In tricky morning conditions Slater but in a valiant effort, but was unable to find the scores he needed to contend.
Gracious in defeat, Mick Fanning was in contention to win his fourth world title, but embraced Serrano when the title was decided.
Dusty Payne was the front-runner to win the Triple Crown going into the Pipe Masters, but Wilson's come-from-behind win over Medina forced the Maui native into the runner-up spot.
John John Florence
After catching fire during the back half of the season, people were expecting big things from local boy John John Florence. Ultimately the day belonged to Medina.