Gabriel Medina: backflip life

Gabriel Medina has registered his trade mark aerial backflip in the Off-the-Wall atmosphere, in Hawaii. Is the Brazilian prodigy the new wizard of surfing or is he breaking the Law of Gravity by Isaac Newton?

If Gabriel Medina was fighting for a last-minute score in a real surf contest, would he get a 10-point ride for this massive backflip wave move?

The answer lies below. Last week, a laid-back Medina pulled an impressive boardshort backflip maneuver for the photo and video cameras, with a no-claim attitude.

Now, Gabriel Medina has raised the level and simply drew a hole in the sky, as his surfboard was blown up in a clean three-foot left-hander. Second huge backflip landed.

"Today, I pulled the most crazy aerial backflip of my entire life. I still don't believe I've completed it", said Gabriel Medina. The Brazilian got the backflip inspiration from Flynn Novak, the Hawaiian trickster who invented the famous "Flynnstone Flip".

The International Surfing Association (ISA) submitted a declaration of intent to the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) for the inclusion of adaptive surfing on the 2024 Summer Paralympics program.

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