The Gabriel Medina Institute, in Maresias Beach
With only 23 years old, Gabriel Medina knows that he inspires a lot of young beginners at surf in Brazil. Since he became the first brazilian Champion of WCT, from World Surf League, he happened to be admired by millions of fans. At Maresias´ beach, in São Sebastião, where he learned to surf and lives until nowadays, he was already the pride and a role model for the community, due to his relevent achievements.
Despite the fact that he didn´t have a formatted Project, the surfer and his family Always helped young talents of the region and also encouraged the growth of the modality in São Paulo coast.
Now, the inspiration will gain more strength with the creation of Gabriel Medina Institute. The idea of creating an institute with his name became from the meeting to his own desire to provide athletes an opportunityy of social transformation through surfing, in a continuous and structured manner, exactly how it happened with Gabriel. From the point of view of social and sporting, this is a dream come true for Medina´s family.
The structure is being build with his own resources, with a 336 m² head office, in front of the sea, a local judiciously chosen where he learned to surf. In the Project, 60 children and teenagers, of both genders, from 10th to 16 year-old, will have the same structure of training that the first brazilian world champion currently has. The goal is to prepare new values to CT.
Surfing classes, physical training, evaluation, medical and dental monitoring, speeches, meals, everything done by experienced professionals and under supervision of Charles Saldanha, the father and coach of Gabriel Medina and, of course, Medina himself.
The structure has a swimming pool, gym, rooms for foreign language and computing classes, clinics, refectory, elastic bed (for aerial training) and even a fixed platform for championships and simulation of contests.
“I want to participate, to be presente, and also see this whole new generation training, making their best effort and definetelly I will be there to help them out. Sometimes to guide, or maybe laughing with them, just to be a part of their motivation. I will try my best”, said Medina. “The best thing of this is that my whole family is involved. It´s going to be an institute full of caring, and very special. It won´t be just one more place to be”, he added.
“It´s not only about surf. The education is the main point, because we´re going to form citizens. It´s complicated to say that all the boys are going to be world Champion someday, or even pro surfers. We can´t know that. We are aware of that. If it happens, will be awesome. Otherwise, our desire is to transform them into citizens, good people. Everyone will have a good education and be the best, wherever their professions will be. Education is a priority”, annouced the brazilian featured of surf.
He also says that he didn´t have such a big structure in the beginning of his career, as the institute provides, which would make a big difference in his life. “Definetelly would help a lot. I didn´t had the opportunity to have a spot in where people would encouraged me, helped me out, to make good trainings, being well fed… Actually, by the way we came through here, my father and I´ve got on our own. We saw things through the internet, tried to adapt in a training or another, and in fact, everything came by our own strengh of will. To be on the water every single day, making the effort, trying to evolve, but this structure that´s being made, if I had that in the past, would have helped me a lot”, he completed.
All the construction was made by his own resources and now Gabriel Medina, his family and his staff will search sponsors to keep the maintenance of the structure. Labels like Rip Curl, Samsung, Guaraná Antarctica, Coppertone and Vult have already signed partnerships. Coppertone, which belongs to Bayer, has innovated and for every sunscreen of the label sold in Brazil, R$ 1 (one Real, the brazilian currency) will be destined to the Institute.