December 22, 1993 |
São Sebastião, Brazil
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Weight||149 lb (68 kg)|
|Sponsors||Rip Curl, Nike 6.0 footwear, Pukas, FCS |
|Major achievements||2014 World Champion, ASP World Championship Tour wins: 5|
Gabriel Medina Pinto Ferreira (born 22 December 1993 in São Sebastião, São Paulo) 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. In March 2014 he won the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast. 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.
Life and career
Born in São Sebastião, São Paulo, and raised in the city's district of Maresias, 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. He was the youngest athlete to win the World Junior Tour (ASP), aged 15, and is currently the youngest Brazilian to join the ASP World Champions Tour (WCT), among the top 34 best on the planet.
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. 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.
In July 2009, Medina won a contract with Rip Curl, and thereafter endeavored to pursue a professional surfing career. 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, and the two WQS 6 Star in France and Spain. He was also victorious in the Pro Junior World Championship, held in French waves. He was the first Brazilian to win the Australian Backside (Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia).
By winning the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast, Medina became the top ranked surfer on the list of the 36 best surfers in the world. He dropped to 5th after losing the Billabong Rio Pro 2014, but re-assumed the pole after winning the Fiji Pro. 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).
ASP World Championship Tour
|Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast||DNP||25th||13th||1st||TBA|
|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|
|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|
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- "Gabriel Medina Wins 2014 Fiji Pro". Surfingmagazine.com. The Enthusiast Network. Retrieved 23 July 2014.
- "Congratulations Gabriel Medina, 2014 ASP World Champion!". World Surf League.