Gabriel launches Restaurant and celebrates birthday in Maresias
Surrounded by family and friends, Gabriel Medina had two special moments “at home”. First, he officially launched the Balada Mix Maresias, the restaurant that promises to be one of the main and most trendy spots starting this summer. In the sequence, he celebrated his 23th birthday, in a costume party.
Dressed-up as a baseball player, he had the support of his parents, Simone and Charles, along with his brothers, Felipe and Sophia, to receive the guests, from chilhood friends to surf brothers, such as Miguel Pupo, and even sports celebrities, as Neymar and Bruninho, both athletes that conquered gold medals in the Olympic Games in Rio 2016, and also singer Thiaguinho, nicknamed between themselves as “Directorship”.
Also present in the event were brazilian F1 racer, Felipe Nasr, the singer Gabriel, O Pensador, and the actrees Bruna Marquezine, who made pair with Neymar as Batman and Catwoman. Singers Thiaguinho and Gabriel went on stage and sang for the guests, having Neymar and Medina himself as special supporting.
Balada Mix Maresias is a new enterprise from the young talent and first brazilian world surf champion. The relation began uncommonly. Gabriel used to enjoy his meals in Balada Mix, located in Rio de Janeiro, then he became friend of the owners, who had invited him to a partnership. “It´s a restaurant that I always enjoyed and which will make a huge success with the people who likes the environment of the beach. It´s right up for them”, said Medina about the new spot, that has the surf as the main theme, including one of his surfboards in the entrance.
During the party, the athlete spoke to the press and made a general assessment of the season. Again he was one of the leading figures of the circuit and ended in 3rd place in World Surf League (WSL). “This year sums up as learning. It was a good year. I want to come back stronger in 2017, be able to fix the mistakes I´ve made and starting the Australia Leg with more strengh, in order to develop and search for one more title”, he said.
“But with a lot of patience. It starts from zero. I´ll take the beginning of the year to think it through and then going up with the contests”, Medina added, also emphasizing the party and the presence of his own family. “It feels so good to be at home, good to have friends, family around. It´s hard to reunite everybody during the year and this time on vacation is the only moment that I can be with them. I´m making the most of it”, the surfer commented.
“My family means everything to me. They were the ones who believed me since the beginning of my surfing. It really feels good to have the love of my mother, my father and from my brothers. They do everything for me and, likewise, I do everything for them. It´s awesome to have a family like my own”, he complimented.
He took the opportunity to talk about his new personal project, the creation of Gabriel Medina Institute, in the same Maresias and that will start its activities by the month of february. The construction of the head office, made by its own resources, is on the final stage. “It´s getting great, the place is really beautiful, can´t wait to see it working out. I want to congratulate everyone who worked, helped me to build this dream. Everything happened so fast”, he thanks.