Medina protesting costly interference call
Though contest reports are showing Gabriel Medina has been knocked out of the Rip Curl Pro Portugal due to a priority interfernce, he's lodged a complaint with the WSL against the decision.
The gist of his complaint is that priority judge Iain 'Ratso' Buchanan got a call wrong during his Round of 16 heat against Caio Ibelli when both Ibelli and Medina rode a wave at the same time. Medina rode a short left, Ibelli a longer right, and Medina paddled back out well before Ibelli, thus assuming he had priority.
However, the priority judge gave it to Ibelli, so when the next wave came Ibelli took off and Medina interfered.
The interference happens around the six-minute mark (see video below). However, the waves Ibelli and Medina ride prior to that, which Medina claims dictate the priority, are missed by the broadcast and only shown in replay.
See the Instagram video for simultaneous vision of the waves they rode and the paddle back out afterwards, and Medina's explanation is at bottom.
Gabriel Medina (from Instagram):
I would like to explain what happened in my heat. Caio and I caught the same wave and each went one way. My wave was shorter and his was longer. So much so that while I was back outside, he was still riding his wave.
When I got out the back, I was so sure the priority was mine that I didn't look at the priority sign. To my surprise, when the next wave came, I ended up going because I was sure the priority was mine. I ended up getting an interference.
When I got out of the water I went to talk to the judges. We looked at the open images of the two of us paddling out with an open camera angle. It was very clear that I arrived well before him. And even if I had gotten along with him and had a draw, the priority would be mine by the rule. Because in the wave we surfed together before, Caio had priority 1.
I hope my heat will be re-evaluated because an error has occurred.