Gabriel Medina: 'Surfing needs a Brazilian world champion'

Young surfer Gabriel Medina believes that it would be "great" for his country Brazil if he is crowned world champion.

Brazilian surfer Gabriel Medina has claimed that he wants to be crowned world champion for his country.

The 20-year-old is currently at the top of the rankings after beating Kelly Slater in the Billabong Pro Tahiti final last month.

"It's going to be great for Brazil, it's going to be great for surfing and it's going to be great for me," The AAP quotes Medina as saying. "I think we really need a Brazilian world champion."

Medina's next event is the eighth of the men's tour at Trestles, California.

Brazilian pro surfer Gabriel Medina competes during the ASP world tour Billabong Rio Pro 2013 at Barra de Tijuca beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on May 18 , 2013
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