Medina, Gabriel

High-flying, preternaturally talented goofyfoot pro from Sao Paulo; 2014 world champion; the first surfer from Brazil to win a WCT title. "His career path has of similarities to big names in soccer, like Neymar," SURFER wrote in late 2014. "But now Medina has a title that slipped through Neymar’s hands in the last World Cup. That is why Medina is bigger than surfing in Brazil."

Medina was born (1993) in Maresias, began surfing at age nine, and was competing in national junior events two year...