It's not like Gabriel Medina is a shoe-in for a Gold medal at the upcoming Olympic Games, but it's fair to say he's one of a small group of athletes who are serious contenders.
It's not just that he's a World Champion -- it's also his relentless, ruthless competitive drive. He seems to draw so much motivation from the pressure cooker of competition and there's no higher stage than the Olympics. Everyone is expecting him to unleash his beast-mode.
Slater makes note of Medina's success from such an early age. "When you see someone that far ahead at that age, you know there's something special with them. It's not he was just good that day, you know?
Mick doesn't mince any words. "He doesn't have a weakness," says the three-time World Champion. "When he's on, he's scary."
And Parko perhaps sums up what could be Medina's greatest power: "Even when he's losing, he still believes he can win. And that's a hard thing to do."
To find out what else these greats of the sport said about one of its fiercest competitors, check out the full video at the Olympic Channel.