Bianca SennaOn  January 19th the Ayrton Senna Institute received a special visit: the world champion Gabriel Medina, who became the first Brazilian to win the title at the world surfing championship in December 2014 .

Gabriel was gifted with a costume board with the colors of Ayrton’s helmet by Senna’s family and the Gillette brand – which, as the athlete revealed, was a major inspiration in his fight for the world’s best athletes.

It was not just Medina that won a great gift today: the surfer gave to Ayrton Senna Institute one lycra t-shirt autographed by him and that was worn in a great moment of his career. The lycra t-shirt was used by Medina in 2011 at the world surfing championship, which he finished first place: ” I won this lycra t-shirt when I won the first stage of the 2011?s world championship, when I joined the elite of surfing. I was the last and I finished first. “

About Gabriel Medina

Gabriel Medina Pinto Ferreira (born 22 December 1993) is a Brazilian professional surfer, also the 2014 WSL World Champion. Medina joined the world’s elite of the World Surf League Tour in 2011, and in his rookie year he finished within the top 12 of the ASP (now WSL) World Tour at the age of 17. In March 2014 he won the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast.Media sources credit him as being the second person to have executed a maneuver called the “Backflip”.Medina also became the first person ever to land this move in competition.