The Gabriel Medina Institute
Since when he became the first brazilian world surf champion of WSL, Gabriel Medina turns out to be admired by thousands of fans. At Maresias, where he grew up and still resides, he was already a reason to be proud of and an example for the community for his relevant achievements. Although there wasn´t a formatted project yet, the surfer and his family always helped the children of their region and have encouraged the development of the sport in the coast of São Paulo, Brazil.
Created from the dream of the first brazilian world surf champion, along with his family, the Gabriel Medina Institute (GMI) has at main purpose to provide new values for the surf, create new champions on waves, using the idol as a role model. With selected athletes in Circuito Medina/ASM, the institution offers, for free, the same structure that today Gabriel Medina counts on his technical training, and also physical and medical, besides providing language and computing classes to the athletes, in order to aim the future tracks.
The family believes that the sport is an important social tool, because it requires discipline, which is an essencial feature in education and in any kind of career they´ll choose. Pioneer in the world, the GMI has the goal to be a reference in Brazil and even outside the country, due to the big structure presented.