World reactions to Gabriel Medina's ASP World Tour title

December 22, 2014 | Surfing
Gabriel Medina: first ever Brazilian world surfing champion | Photo: ASP/Cestari

Gabriel Medina is still partying. At only 20, he added an ASP World Tour title to his trophy room. What does the world have to say about his maiden triumph?

Brazil is proud of his surfer boy. Gabriel Medina has written a new chapter in the history of competitive surfing.

Dilma Rousseff, President of Brazil

"Congratulations to Gabriel Medina, the first Brazilian world surfing champion! Pride of Brazil! Valeu Medina"

Kelly Slater, 11-time world surfing champion

"There's no denying it... This guy lit it up all year. A very deserving ‪#‎WorldChampion‬ in Gabriel Medina. Congratulations. He set the standard of straight up shredding and competitive savvy and in doing so switched his position from challenger to leader."

"With the weight of a country on his shoulders, he made all the right choices to keep his head on straight and achieve his dream. I think it's awesome how he has matched every challenge thrown at him both personally and professionally."

If I was honest, I was pulling for Mick Fanning today to pull a magic trick, but I'm very happy the win went to Gabriel in the end. To see the atmosphere around him is to see a rare situation playing out in sports and however intimidating it can be for his competitors, it's great for the sport and a big challenge for everyone he comes up against. He's definitely a more than worthy champion."

Mick Fanning, three-time world surfing champion

"Congratulations to Gabe. We both enjoyed a great year, but yesterday was his day. Aside from being such a freak in the water he's a cool respectful kid, and I have all the time in the world for him.
"He handled the pressure of closing out a world title with such class yesterday. Once I'd lost, and the title was his I felt nothing but happiness for him and his family."

Alejo Muniz, Brazilian pro surfer

"What a historic day! What an emotion! Very proud, Gabriel Medina! A well-deserved title. Now, let's celebrate. Brazil deserves!"

Michel Bourez, Tahitian pro surfer

"I have to congratulate Gabi for his first, and not the last world title! I remember him when he won the King of the Groms in France a few years back!! He got a total of 20/20 in the final. Three years after, he was on the Tour and won two WCT events! Now he is just where he deserve to be. On the top of the world! Brasil should be proud of you bro!"

Adriano de Souza, Brazilian pro surfer

"No words to describe how happy I am for this world title. He just took Brazil to the top of the world! I'm so proud of him! Congrats Gabi."

Neymar, Barcelona football player

"The best in the world! I am so happy for you. Congratulations! May God let you shine."

Charles Serrano, Medina's stepfather

"He always stayed away from drugs and parties. He focused on training and respected family values. Gabriel has a lot of awareness and maturity."

Owen Wright, pro surfer

"Want to say a huge congrats to my good mate Gabriel Medina. You are a true inspiration and I hope to follow in the foot steps you put down for the next generation. Huge, mate. Enjoy your time at home and see you at Snapper, brah. Yeeew!"

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