WATCH: 3x World Surfing Champion Gabriel Medina Shows Stellar Moves in Preparation for the Paris 2024 Olympics

Published 01/25/2024, 9:15 AM EST

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The sporting world is excitedly buzzing as the Paris 2024 Olympics draw near. Anticipation is reaching new heights across various disciplines, from gymnastics to track and field, and now even surfing. Soon, the WSL  2024 Championship Tour season will begin, promising to intensify the thrill of the 2024 surf calendar.

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Adding another layer to the anticipation is Gabriel Medina, an 18-time WSL Championship Tour winner and the esteemed holder of the 2014, 2018, and 2021 WSL World Champion titles. Ahead of the 2024 surf season, he showed epic moves, giving fans a taste of what the Olympic year has in store.

Gabriel Medina gives a thrilling glimpse into the 2024 surfing season

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In a post on X by the surfing company Rip Curl, Gabriel Medina showcased his mastery with an epic display of high-performance surfing. With seamless precision, Medina carved through a barrel wave, showing off his signature style that has earned him the championship thrice. Alongside the epic snippet was an even more exciting caption that read, “3x World Surfing Champion  @gabriel1medina putting in the work ahead of the start of the 2024  @wsl Championship Tour, the Pipe Pro.”

The  2024 World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour is about to kick off, and this season is crucial because it leads to the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris. The action-packed schedule unfolds with events in iconic locations such as Banzai Pipeline in Hawaii, Teahupo’o in Tahiti, and Cloudbreak in Fiji, leading up to the climax at the WSL Finals in Lower Trestles, USA, in September.

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The 2024 WSL Championship Tour and 2024 Paris Olympics

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The 2024 WSL Championship Tour begins in Hawaii on January 29 with the Lexus Pipe Pro presented by YETI  at Banzai Pipeline in Oahu, Hawaii. There are a total of 10 stops across seven countries and four continents. The regular season unfolds over nine events, with a mid-season cut in the second half of April, reducing the men’s field to 24 and the women’s field to 12. Surfers will test their skills in Hawaii, Portugal, and Australia before heading to Tahiti in May and concluding with a powerful return to Fiji’s Cloudbreak in August. This will set the stage for the winner-take-all WSL Finals in Lower Trestles, USA, in September. And that’s not all!

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Adding to the thrill of surfing, the 2024 Summer Olympics will take place at Teahupo’o Reef Pass, Tahiti, French Polynesia, breaking the record for the farthest medal competition from the host city. The exhilarating games will begin on July 27–5, 2024. 48 surfers (24 for each gender) will compete in the shortboard events, an increase of eight from Tokyo 2020. As the 2024 surf season approaches, Gabriel Medina has fans eagerly anticipating an action-packed surfing spectacle.

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Christaline Meyers

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Hello there! I'm Christaline Meyers, a Olympics Sports Writer for Essentially Sports. As an ardent lover of the sporting world, I've found my home in the dazzling world of Gymnastics, where elegance meets athleticism in gravity-defying routines. But my passion doesn't stop there; I'm a sports enthusiast with a taste for the wild waves of surfing, the adrenaline rush of Alpine Skiing, and the street-smart moves of skateboarding.
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