When Gabriel Medina won the world title, it was an exclamation mark on the Brazilian Storm’s war cry. Medina proved that the new wave of Brazilian talent was here, and it was here to stay. But Medina is often seen in a certain light. It’s the one that’s brightest when he’s in contest mode: focused, intent, and competitive. That, of course, is just a small part of Gabriel.
Rip Curl spent a few days with him in Australia, and what they filmed isn’t Gabriel the competitor. It’s Gabriel Medina the human, and it’s a much lighter side than you might expect.