Catching up with 18 year-old Brazilian born surfer Gabriel Maedina on Hawaii’s North Shore, watch as the young aerialist stomps, cuts and get’s super shacked at Oahu’s world-class break. Running nearly 9 minutes long, Medina’s raw talent combined with some of the shore’s sexiest beach babies make this video well worth a view. The 2011 ASP Breakthrough Performer of the Year, goofy-footed Medina is currently competing for top ranks amongst the world best surfers.
I first met Gabriel Medina when he was 15 years old. We were on the Gold Coast of Australia and I was working on the Women’s film, Leave A Message. I remember picking him, and a few of the Nike girls, up to go for a surf/film session. Didn’t really expect much, the waves were pretty average. We ended up surfing a beach break where Dane Reynolds, Dusty Payne, and Bruce Iron’s were all at as well. Gabriel paddles out and completely schools everyone. I was amazed, the kid did a few full rotation air reverses, a superman, blow tail layback, and alley-oop. A few short years later and he’s qualified for the World Tour and wins 2 out of his first 4 events. Here is a piece I made a few months ago that gives you a taste of what this kid is capable of.Gabriel Medina