Pro surfer Gabriel Medina lands first ever back-flip during contest

Gabriel Medina scored a perfect 10 after landing the back-flip.

Gabriel Medina landed the first ever back-flip during a contest today at the Oi Rio Pro in Brazil.

The contest was called on this morning in about 4 foot surf and Medina is in top form.

Already ahead, Medina found the perfect wave to stick the back-flip air rotation which has never been successfully landed during a contest.

The rowdy Brazilian crowd went wild.

He finished the wave with a shoulder shrug and the judges responded by giving him unanimous 10s across the board.

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Brazilian surfer Gabriel Medina landed a backflip to score a perfect 10 point ride during round two at the Oi Rio Pro in Rio de Janeiro today. Photo: Courtesy of World Surf League/ Daniel Smorigo

“We’ll be watching that air for the rest of the season,” commentator Joe Turpel said.

This season, Medina is behind in the rankings at 18th place. The back-flip signals a turning point for the former world champion.

The contest has been moved three times from Postinho to Grumari, which is a few miles away. It was moved back to Postinho today.

Current points leader Matt Wilkinson was eliminated during his heat against wildcard Deivid Silva. In the final moments of the heat, Silva was able to score just enough points to beat out Wilkinson.

Judges will decided tomorrow morning if the contest will continue or hold for a lay day, depending on the size.

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