Gabriel Medina, 17, wins surf contest at Ocean Beach in San Francisco 

The Rip Curl Pro Search San Francisco surfing contest at Ocean Beach wrapped up Monday afternoon with 17-year-old Gabriel Medina winning the event.

The Rip Curl Pro surfing contest at Ocean Beach was the first professional surfing event in San Francisco in decades, and it included several notable incidents, including an alleged shark sighting and a new World Champion.

The event kicked off Tuesday with warm weather and hundreds of spectators flocking to Ocean Beach to watch.

On the first day, surfer Dusty Payne, of Hawaii, left the water during the middle of a heat after he said he saw a shark in the water. There was no confirmation about a shark in the water and the contest continued.

On Wednesday, Kelly Slater won in a heat at the contest, scoring him enough points on the ASP Tour to clinch the World Title, or so it was thought at the time.

Slater later pointed out to the tour that due to a mathematical error, he had actually not captured enough of points to claim the title.

Bad weather kept the surfers out of the water for a few days, but on Sunday the surfers were back in the water and Slater again won the ASP World Title.

Slater, however, was defeated in the quarterfinal round of the San Francisco event by Medina, according the ASP.

The final round of the San Francisco event Monday pitted Medina against Joel Parkinson, of Australia. Median bested Parkinson in the finals by a score of 16.50 to 10.90, according to the tour.

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