In 2011, Gabriel Medina landed in Lacanau, France as a semi-unknown youngster from Brazil.
The 17-year-old goofy blew minds with an air game lightyears ahead of his field in the Airwalk Lacanau Pro Junior. He racked up incredible scores all week, such as an 18.06 in Round 1, an incredible 19.94 in Round 2 and a perfect 20.00 in the Semifinals.
The following week, the Brazilian took on the main event, the QS6,000 Soöruz Lacanau Pro. The perfect little lefts once again provided plenty of ramps for Medina to raise above the field.
The following week, just a few kilometers down the coast in the Basque Country, Medina continued to dominate and took out back-to-back QS6,000 wins with his victory at the San Miguel Pro Zarautz. Back in 2011, the mid-season cut-off allowed Medina with a massive QS tally to qualify for the Championship Tour in August.
A month later, Gabriel Medina came back to Europe for the Quiksilver Pro France, and notoriously clinched his first CT event in Hossegor in an epic final clash with Julian Wilson.
That's why 2011 was the year Gabriel Medina took France by storm.