Gabriel Medina

Nineteen-year-old pro surfer Gabriel Medina wants to be Brazil's first world champion.
Gabriel Medina won't even turn 20 until the end of the year, but the teenager has already showed that he belongs on the ASP world tour. With a seventh-place finish in 2012, Medina could be the first Brazilian surfer ever to win the world title.

This is not Disney's Typhoon Lagoon. One of the most challenging things about surfing isn't mastering the skill, it's the lack of consistency in waves. When there's no swell, there just isn't that much you can do. Well, Wavegarden has built a man-made wave pool in the Basque region of Northern Spain that creates perfectly-formed waves (both a left and a right) every minute. The height of the waves is adjustable, so the Wavegarden sets up well for beginners and pros alike. Pro surfers Dane Reynolds, Taj Burrow, and Gabriel Medina recently made the trip to Spain to surf the Wavegarden and had just as much fun as the groms who were surfing the whitewater.