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Watch: Here’s An Austrian Skier Out-Surfing Brazilian World Champion Gabriel Medina

This weekend, surfing and snowboarding collided and made these two chunks of solid Internet gold

To many of us here in the UK, this time of year is the season for arguing with the people you live with about whether or not you should switch the central heating on.

“I’m literally an icicle” claims one person who has a terrible grasp of what the word ‘literally’ actually means. “Put a jumper on” replies the in-house human version of Scrooge McDuck.

However, to those of us that like stinging eyeballs and hair that smells like seaweed, this is prime surfing season. Something something high pressure there something something low pressure here means that, as autumn turns into winter, waves are at their prime, and weekends are spent battling wetsuits and angry locals in a bid to get some good stuff.

“Medina dropped the steeziest back-three we’ve seen in ages”

As such, incredible surfing is coming thick and fast at the minute. And, as science dictates, the more top level surfing there is, the more insane stuff there is for us to behold.

Step forward one Gabriel Medina. Brazilians worship him, the rest of the world thinks he’s kind of a weapon, but paint me green and call me Anthony, he’s just gone and dropped this steeziest backside thee we’ve seen in ages.

During his round three heat of the latest World Surf League event in Portugal, Medina dropped this huge rotation, effectively spinning back first, and stomping the shit out of the trick before celebrating like, well, like Gabriel Medina, frankly.

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Sick, right? Right!

And yet, that wasn’t the best thing we’ve spotted on a surfboard over the weekend. That honour goes to Austrian skier Martin Winkler.

The fact that he’s A) from a land-locked country and B) used to getting his thrills sliding forward hasn’t stopped the man they call McFly collecting 16 tonnes of stoke from sliding sideways on a surfboard.

It’s getting more and more common for people to go no-boarding – snowboarding without bindings – with people making their own, edgeless powder boards, and even taking surfboards onto the deep stuff, just like Winker did.

All of this has led to us  reevaluating our winter purchases now. Should we still go for that big, floaty powder board, or maybe it’s time to invest in a twin-fin shortboard for when the show gets nip-deep.

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