Gabriel MEDINA

Brazil BRA

Surfing

  • First Olympic Games
    Tokyo 2020
  • Year of Birth
    1993
Olympic Results

Biography

Gabriel MEDINA

Gabriel Medina is the Brazilian changing the tide in world surfing.

Born in Sao Sebastiao, two-time World Surf League (WSL) champion Medina, is one of elite surfing’s most popular riders - to say the least. Boasting an immense Instagram following of 8.7 million followers, the goofy-stance surfer has become the shining star of surfing’s new generation.

Nothing is ever for certain on the waves though. Medina lost out to Kanoa Igarashi for a place in the sport's first-ever Olympic final in Tokyo, and was then outscored by Owen Wright for the bronze.

In truth, Medina has come a long way from his humble beginnings. He stepped on a board for the first time at eight years old after his parents went through a divorce. His stepfather, Charlao, was a passionate amateur surfer and fuelled Medina’s passion in turn.

Medina’s competitive career is nothing short of impressive. A win at the Rip Curl Grom Search at age 11, kickstarted a succession of amateur, regional, and national titles. In 2011, Medina became the youngest Brazilian surfer ever to gain access to the WSL Championship Tour (CT) at just 17. Despite entering the tour at the mid-season rotation point, Medina showed he was an upstart on the hunt when he finished his rookie season with an unprecedented two event wins.

The high flying, acrobatic, lip curling surfer proved he wouldn’t be one to trifle with out on the waves after he made history when he became the first Brazilian surfing world champion in 2014. He wrestled his way into the top three for the following three years before clinching the championship again in 2018.

Medina’s win in 2014 is credited as triggering the so-called “Brazilian Storm”. Surfing was once a sport dominated by two nations: Australia and the United States, but with Medina’s explosion onto the scene one-third of the CT roster is now made up of Brazilians.

The 2021 season saw the two-time world champion in scintillating form. He led the 2021 Tour in front of fellow countrymen Italo Ferreira (2) and Filipe Toledo (3) courtesy of three second places finishes and two wins.

No stage is too big for the man who counts footballer Neymar as a best friend. He couldn't deliver gold for Brazil in Tokyo, but Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar could be in the crowd when Medina has another tilt at Paris 2024.

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Tokyo 2020

#4
Men
Men Surfing