Gabriel Medina

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Gabriel Medina
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Personal information
Born (1993-12-22) December 22, 1993 (age 21)
São Sebastião, Brazil
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight 149 lb (68 kg)
Surfing career
Sponsors Rip Curl, Nike 6.0 footwear, Pukas, FCS[1]
Major achievements 2014 World Champion, ASP World Championship Tour wins: 5
Surfing specifications
Stance Goofy
Favorite maneuvers Aerials

Gabriel Medina Pinto Ferreira[2] (born 22 December 1993) is a Brazilian professional surfer, champion of the 2014 ASP World Tour. Medina joined the world's elite of the surfing World Tour in 2011, and in his rookie year he finished within the top 12 of the ASP World Tour at the age of 17.[3] In March 2014 he won the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast.[1] Media sources credit him as being the second person to have executed a maneuver called the "Backflip", which to date has never been performed in competition.[4]

Life and career[edit]

Born in São Sebastião, São Paulo, and raised in the city's district of Maresias,[5] Medina began surfing at age 9; at 11 he won his first national championship, the Rip Curl Grom Search in the category Sub-12, held in Búzios, Rio de Janeiro.[6] He was the youngest athlete to win the World Junior Tour (ASP), aged 15,[7] and is currently the youngest Brazilian to join the ASP World Champions Tour (WCT),[6] among the top 34 best on the planet.[5]

Medina won many Brazilian amateur championships, becoming champion at the Volcom Sub-14, Quicksilver King of Groms, Rip Curl Grom Search, besides conquering the state championship three times. In California, he was second at the Volcom Internacional Sub-14, and in Ecuador, vice-champion of the Amateur World Sub-16 Championship.[6] At 14 years old, Medina was already at the finals of the Paulista Championship, and surfing the World Championship in Ubatuba, where he managed to defeat his idol Adriano De Souza, aka Mineirinho.[8]

In July 2009, Medina won a contract with Rip Curl, and thereafter endeavored to pursue a professional surfing career.[9] 10 days later, he won a stage of the World Championship. From then on until 2011 came the sequence of championships that took him to share the waves with the top 10 best, surfing the WQS 6 Star Prime in Imbituba,[10] and the two WQS 6 Star in France and Spain. He was also victorious in the Pro Junior World Championship, held in French waves.[11] He was the first Brazilian to win the Australian Backside (Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia).[6]

By winning the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast, Medina became the top ranked surfer on the list of the 36 best surfers in the world.[12] He dropped to 5th after losing the Billabong Rio Pro 2014, but re-assumed the pole after winning the Fiji Pro.[13] Later in the year, Medina went on to become the first ever Brazilian ASP World Champion by the age of 20 (the youngest since Kelly Slater did also in age 20 in 1992).[14]

Results[edit]

ASP World Championship Tour[edit]

Tournament 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast DNP 25th 13th 1st 13th
Rip Curl Pro 25th 13th 13th 9th TBA
Billabong Pro Rio DNP 25th 3rd 13th TBA
Billabong Pro J-Bay DNP - - 5th TBA
Billabong Pro Teahupoo DNP 5th 13th 1st TBA
Fiji Pro - 2nd 25th 1st TBA
Hurley Pro Trestles 13th 9th 13th 5th TBA
Quiksilver Pro France 1st 5th 2nd 5th TBA
Rip Curl Pro Portugal 13th 2nd 25th 13th TBA
Rip Curl Search 1st - - - -
Drug Aware Margaret River Pro - - - 5th TBA
Oakley Pro Bali - - 13th - -
O'Neill Coldwater Classic - 5th - - -
Billabong Pipeline Masters 5th 9th 13th 2nd TBA
Earnings $180,750 $146,750 $120,000 $431,500 $10,500
Rank 12º 14º 13º

Victories[edit]

WCT Wins
Year Event Venue Country
2014 Billabong Pro Teahupoo Tahiti  French Polynesia
2014 Fiji Pro Tavarua  Fiji
2014 Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast Gold Coast, Queensland  Australia
2011 Quiksilver Pro France Hossegor, Aquitaine  France
2011 Rip Curl Search San Francisco, California  United States
WQS Wins
Year Event Venue Country
2012 Nike Lowers Pro San Clemente, California  United States
2011 Super Surf International Imbituba  Brazil
2011 Airwalk Lacanau Pro Junior Lacanau  France
2011 Sooruz Lacanau Pro Lacanau  France
2011 San Miguel Pro Zarautz, Basque Country  Spain
2009 Maresia Surf International Florianopolis, Santa Catarina  Brazil

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Gabriel Medina Wins 2014 Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast". Surfing Magazine. 11 March 2014. Retrieved 23 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "Gabriel Medina". mitsubishimotors.com.br. Mitsubishi Motors. Retrieved 22 December 2014. 
  3. ^ "Gabriel Medina". Surffcs.com. Surf FSC. Retrieved 23 July 2014. 
  4. ^ "O voo de Gabriel Medina, o jovem ídolo do surfe brasileiro". Veja.abril.com.br. Veja. 
  5. ^ a b "Marcello Serpa cria marca para surfista que é fenômeno mundial". Ccsp.com.br. CLUBE DE CRIAÇÃO DE SÃO PAULO. Retrieved 23 July 2014. 
  6. ^ a b c d "Top 5 Surfistas Mundiais". Surfworldpt.wordpress.com. World Press. Retrieved 23 July 2014. 
  7. ^ DiMartino, Jay. "Gabriel Medina". Surfing.about.com. About.com. Retrieved 23 July 2014. 
  8. ^ "Adriano de Souza é destronado na estréia no Onbongo Pro Surfing". Beachbite.com. Beach Byte. Retrieved 23 July 2014. 
  9. ^ "Teen Surfing Sensation Gabriel Medina Signs New Rip Curl Deal In Same Week As His Official ASP World Tour Debut". Ripcurl.com. Rip Curl. Retrieved 23 July 2014. 
  10. ^ "17-Year Old Gabriel Medina Wins 6 Star Prime Brayil". Tracksmag.com. Track Magazine. Retrieved 23 July 2014. 
  11. ^ "Gabriel Medina, paulista de 20 anos: fenômeno do surfe mundial". Tiooda.com.br. Tio Oda. 
  12. ^ Jarvis, Craig. "Gabriel Medina Wins the ěé+č Quicksilver Pro, Gold Coast". Stabmag.com. Stab Magazine. Retrieved 23 July 2014. 
  13. ^ "Gabriel Medina Wins 2014 Fiji Pro". Surfingmagazine.com. The Enthusiast Network. Retrieved 23 July 2014. 
  14. ^ "Congratulations Gabriel Medina, 2014 ASP World Champion!". World Surf League. 

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