As punishment for his potty mouth outburst following his exit from the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast last week, Gabriel Medina has been given an undisclosed fine by the World Surf League (WSL), but has somehow escaped without a suspension or ban. Medina dropped a swear word into a post surf interview as he recounted an interference call in the previous heat with Glen Hall, when he was judged to have effectively dropped in on Hall.
The current World Champion was blatantly in the wrong but was more interested in the crossed words the two competitors had, during the heat of battle. As he was being interviewed live on TV by Pete Hall following the heat, Medina relived the conversation he and Hall had had and let the expletive slip. Some believe that as he was only repeating what had been said in the water, it wasn’t that serious a crime, but the WSL obviously didn’t see it that way, and have decided he was in ‘violation of the athlete code of conduct’.
Medina had previously apologised before the hearing and he and Hall are said to have made up, but the WSL are obviously keen to keep the sport wholesome and decided that they couldn’t let the World champs misdemeanour go unpunished. In case you haven’t seen the interview that caused the offence it is embedded below and we would love to hear if you think Medina should have been banned for the next event at Bells Beach or should the WSL have let the current World Champ get away with it?