The two-time event winner has ample reason to be fired up for this year's trip to Tavarua.
Gabriel Medina of Brazil finishes equal 9th in the Oi Rio Pro after placing second to trials winner Yago Dora (BRA) in Heat 2 of Round Five
Yago Dora of Brazil continious his rampage of taking down World Champions Gabriel Medina (BRA) and Mick Fanning (AUS) at Saquarema, Rio de
Rookie Jack Freestone came from behind to take down the former World Champ and advance to his first CT final.
Another Gabriel boost garnered one more big score, and an even bigger applause.
Jack Freestone vs. Gabriel Medina at Postinho.
The 20-year-old Brazilian wildcard becomes the first breakout star of 2017 at the Oi Rio Pro.
Heat recap: Medina vs Dora
Yago Dora vs. Gabriel Medina