When you’re a young surfer capable of completing near-impossible aerial tricks with ease (like a backflip), the YouTube community is going to stop and take notice. When you’re capable of transitioning that limitless aerial repertoire – along with a power game and barrel-riding prowess – to the contest scene, which is being broadcast to millions around the world, and taking down the top surfers in the process, everyone will stop and take notice. Win a world title at the age of 20 (and the first-ever from a surf-crazed country) and not only will everyone take notice, but you'll never be forgotten. Such is the story of Gabriel Medina, the wunderkind from Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Upon qualifying for the WCT during the 2011 mid-year reshuffle, Medina immediately established that he belonged by winning two events. In the time since, he’s proven that he’s more than a young surfer who likes to do airs, he’s also demonstrated that he doesn't have a weakness in his arsensal, is fearless in any conditions and is as heat-savvy as they come. With one world title in the bag, the next step is seeing how far his career can go in establishing him as one of the all-time greats.
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