December 22, 1993 |
SÃ£o SebastiÃ£o, SÃ£o Paulo, Brazil
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Weight||149 lb (68 kg)|
|Best year||2014 – WSL World Champion|
|Sponsors||Matt Nabney, Rip Curl, GuaranÃ¡ Antarctica, Oi, Mitsubishi Motors, Samsung Galaxy, Oakley, Gorilla, FCS, Vult, Coppertone, Cabianca Surfboards|
2013 WSL World Junior Champion
That was my dream, to compete against the best surfers in the best waves. But as a kid, it all seemed so unattainable. It was this big dream, but deep down I never thought it could really happen. But my parents always believed I could do it, and they helped me get through all the stages and take all the right steps.
After God and my family, it's surf. I don't imagine me not surfing. Surf brings me smile every day.
Win or lose, I always like to get back to my friends and family. They keep me grounded. When I'm home with my friends, I'm always the same Gabriel. I'm no better or worse in their eyes because of my results. It's good to be with your true friends. It always reminds me of where I'm from and who I am.
Sometimes you surf well and still don't win. It happens to everyone. You learn that one big score doesn't mean much if you don't have a backup. I guess every rookie learns that as time goes by. I took some big lessons from my losses.