Surfer’s Gravity-Defying Backflip Has Completely Changed the Sport
Gabriel Medina has just gone into surfing lore.
The Brazilian surfer pulled off a ridiculous backflip during the Oi Rio Pro, an event on the World Surf League tour. Medina nailed the flip during the second round, earning a perfect 10 for his efforts.
This is so impressive that the judges should’ve given him an 11.’
We especially love his modesty after he completes the flip. In an era of bat flips, touchdown dances and thunderous dunks, Medina has an “aww shucks” reaction that you just don’t see too often in professional sports. His casual response means he’s either very modest or he’s just gotten so used to completing the flip in practice runs that he just doesn’t think it’s a big deal at all.
Take another look at Medina’s flip, with some commentary.
— World Surf League (@wsl) May 14, 2016