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What He Rode: Gabriel Medina

Johnny Cabianca breaks down Gabriel Medina's magic Cloudbreak craft

| posted on June 10, 2014
Fiji Champ Gabriel Medina and the dFK model that took him all the way to the podium. Photos: Joli

Fiji Champ Gabriel Medina and the dFK model that took him all the way to the podium. Photos: Joli

HEIGHT: 5’11” (180 cm)
WEIGHT: 164 lbs (74.4 kg)

SHAPER: Johnny Cabianca
LENGTH: 6’0″
WIDTH: 18 3/4″
THICKNESS: 2 7/16″
VOLUME: 28.5L (+/- 1L)
NOSE WIDTH: 12 3/8″
TAIL WIDTH: 14 1/2″
TAIL ROCKER: 2 7/16″
TAIL: Thumb
CONCAVE: Full single throughout
GLASSING: 4 oz. bottom, single-layer 4 oz. deck, tail patch (E-glass)

FINS: FCS Performer II
HEIGHT: 4.55″ (115mm)
BASE: 4.37″ (111mm)
AREA: 14.81″² (9554mm²)
SWEEP: 33.7º
FOIL: Inside

Did Gabriel ride this board for the entire event?

Yes, he rode the same board from his first heat through the final.

Was this a pretty standard dFK, or did you make some tweaks for Cloudbreak?

Well, Gabriel is growing up and because of that I needed to make many changes on this model, but it’s still the same concept. Mostly just the volume and the foil changed, but I also changed the fin positions and fin angles for Fiji. It must have worked!

How many boards did he take with him to Fiji and what kind of variety was in his quiver?

He packed three board bags with six or seven boards in each, ranging from 5’11” to 6’6″. Half of them were dFKs, the other half of them were MEGAs.

Does he change fins very often or does he use the same template in most conditions?

He uses the same template throughout the year and only in Hawaii does he sometimes change his fins to adapt to bigger conditions.

It seems like Gabriel has grown a lot in the last year. Has this brought about any changes in his boards?

Yes, a lot of changes. He needs more volume in the nose and tail, but he doesn’t like full rails or aggressive details, so the changes are well disguised.

How does it feel to see Gabriel reach No. 1 in the rankings on your equipment?

It’s good to see him at No. 1 for the second time this year. I’ve been making surfboards—shaping, laminating, and sanding—for 34 years, and surfboards really are my passion. It’s not easy for a Brazilian shaper to get much credibility in the surfboard industry. Over the last 15 years, I’ve probably been better known among surfboard builders than surfers, but Gabriel has helped my work become more recognized among surfers as well. I would like to say thanks to all my friends and mentors, to Pukas for the support over the last 10 years, and of course to Gabriel and his family, who have been my friends long before his success.

  • ManBearPig808

    Whatever board he uses, he’s still gonna look like a donkey trying to swim

    • NM

      You are an idiot bro.

      • Joel

        I second that, ugly side of humanity being portrait. Shame on ya @keanu808:disqus .

        • jbinsb

          What the hell are you even saying? And you tell someone else to get English lessons below? I’m sure you rip a lot harder than gabe, jerk.

    • Jeff


    • guest

      hahaha this is soo funny bro! im here trying imagine how funny would be a monkey swimming hahah but you know what it’s funnier?? medida would kick your ass with his surf anyway!! haha! it’s real funny too isnt?? or maybe he could ask for lopez brothers how surf with style dont you think??

      • ManBearPig808

        Dude. Get some English lessons.

        • guest

          you are a typical idiot who thinks the whole world speaks english until you discover, usually in a bad situation when you are travelling, that it is not true. i had to help some of you mainly in indo when some of you arrives in some country and dont want to learn even a hello in the local language. and you got pissed off when the locals don’t understand you haha! dont think the world loves you brother, believe me they love your money… just your money… you can keep with your language, big macs and iphones…

          • ManBearPig808

            sorry what did you say? don’t understand you.

    • Ralph A.

      Where I came from we call that being jealous, cause that doesn’t make sense at all. How many donkeys have you seen trying to swim? how many with a board? I have never seen one… Did you grow up with them? I have never seen one in person in my entire life. Bro, admit it Kelly Slater is so over, whatever board Medina uses is gonna work for him. Didn’t you see it in fiji? Next time you get jealous and angry be careful not to mix feelings and comment. Racism + jealousy = stupid comments nevertheless you are creative.

    • Duck

      Look who’s here! The hater from Stab. BTW, tell your mother I’m picking her up at 7:00h pm and you better be in bed already. Fucker.

  • Yo momma

    Thank god for something fresh , I hope he takes over and burries the industry !

  • James B

    Number one! Brazil rules!



  • Secret agent

    All these so called surfers pretending to be pros surfing 3 ft waves at there local. Go fuck yourselves. For starters you ain’t pros and secondly if your unhappy with your surfing get back to basics instead of tryna pick fights. Especially these old fuckers who think they own the beach. Respect is everything but get a grip. Medina your a legend for the sport. The surfing industry can eat a dick. Peace