Current world champion, Brazilian Gabriel Medina spoke about the talent and performance of sister Sophia Medina, who already excels in surfing even at just 17 years old. This year, she won the South American championship.
“I follow her growth, I’m an owl brother. I’m giving a thumbs up, I’m the critic. She’s doing well, competing well, evolving, growing. I’m happy to see her following in my footsteps, I’m afraid they’ll charge her for being a champion world and be a reference within the sport”, said Medina during an interview with Esporte Espetacular.
Even with the fear, Gabriel highlighted that his sister can handle the situation well and that she has everything to go very far, mainly because she is disciplined.
“But she gets along very well, she pushes herself, she’s very competitive. She likes it, she’s in the water every day because she likes it. She has the spirit of discipline. I don’t want to put pressure, but it depends on her, that she is happy and succeeds make her dreams come true,” he said.
Medina also took the opportunity to highlight fellow countryman Filipe Toledo, who has a real chance of winning his first world title this year (which would be Brazil’s sixth in the history of the sport).
“I think this year is a very propitious year for him to win [Filipinho]. This one, he’s the favorite. He arrives in a very good position, he will have to surf less”, said the 28-year-old athlete.
Gabriel Medina is one of the biggest names in surfing, as he is the current champion and for having won the title on three occasions: 2014, 2018 and 2021.