Time Magazine has announced the current World Surf Champion and Brazil’s top surfer, Gabriel Medina as one of the 100 Most Influential Icons in 2015. Not a bad accolade for the 21 year old, and it see’s his name listed alongside others such as Kanye West, Tim Cook and Taylor Swift, who are also considered as some of the 100 Most Influential People by Time.
Gabriel Medina, had a blinder of a year in 2014 when he became the second youngest World Surf Champion ever, and Sean Gregory who is a senior writer for Time Magazine elected Medina for ‘shaking up a sport typically dominated by Americans and Australians’. It cannot be denied that Gabriel is hero worshipped back home in Brazil and is seen as an inspiration to a whole new generation of Brazilian surfers. Just don’t ask him to comment during live broadcasts after having a nightmare in his heat!
You can see the full article from Sean Gregory at Time Magazine here. Do you consider Gabriel Medina as an Icon and one of the most influential people on the planet? What other surfers would you nominate for recognition?