Fated, talented, innovative, radical, champion. There´s no lack of qualities when it comes to Gabriel Medina´s career, the biggest idol of brazilian surf nowadays, and first pro-surfer from Brazil to become World Champion. Medina´s story matches with the sea since his childhood. Born in 22th December 1993, he began to surf effectively by the age of 9, influenced by his father, Charles Saldanha, at Maresias´Beach, in São Sebastião.
The first featured title came by the age of 11, when he attended under 12 category on Rip Curl Grom Search in Búzios, Rio de Janeiro. After that, he dawned in several relevant contests, such as Brazilian National Amateur and Paulista (the main championship in the state of São Paulo).
His first conquer outside Brazil was a second spot in Under-14 Volcom, in California, then the vice championship in Under-16 World Championship Amateur, in Ecuador. In July 2009, he signed a contract with Rip Curl and started his career as a pro.
Ten days after he won the stage of WSL, in Brazil, when he finally gained projection. In 2011 came the sequence that guaranteed him on World´s Elite, the QS 6 stars Prime in Imbituba, in the state of Santa Catarina, then both QS 6 stars in France and Spain. Besides that, there was still a victory in World Pro Junior (WSL), also in french waves.
He joined CT in the middle of 2011, when he was only 17 years old, and until today he is considered the youngest surfer. When he made his debut there, he already won two stages, both in France and USA. At the same time, he became World Pro-Junior Champion, also by WSL, in 2013, celebrating the title in Brazil, at Praia da Joaquina, in Florianópolis, Santa Catarina.
The year after came the much-dreamed-of world championship title, the first from a brazilian pro-surfer. The ultimate conquer has guaranteed Gabriel the fame of “national idol” and, since that moment, he decided to put in practice, the dream to create your own Institute to return what surf pr has been providing him ever since.