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Brazilian became champion in a final that had to be yellow-green; check out the names of the greatest champions in WSL history

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Gabriel Medina is three-time world surfing champion at 27 years old. (Photo: Reproduction Instagram Gabriel Medina)

At 27 years old, Gabriel Medina beat compatriot Filipe Toledo in Lower Trestles, California (USA), in the World Surfing League (WSL) dispute, this Tuesday (14). With that, the Brazilian joined the select group of surfers with more than three world titles in the sport, and still squanders potential and youth to win more titles. Check out the list of top championship winners below.

Men

Mark Richards (Australia) – 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982
Tom Curren (USA) – 1985/86, 1986/87, 1990
Gabriel Medina (Brazil) – 2014, 2018, 2020
Mick Fanning (Australia) – 2007, 2009,2013
Andy Irons (Hawaii) – 2002, 2003, 2004
Gabriel Medina (Brazil) – 2014, 2018, 2020

Whether on the general list or this select list of three-time surfing world champions, Australia is the country that stands out the most, followed by the United States and then Hawaii. Medina he is the only Brazilian among the names that have been three times WSL champions.

Women

Kelly Slater (USA) – 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2011
Stephanie Gilmore (Australia) – 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2018
Layne Beachley (Austrália) – 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006
Wendy Botha (Australia) – 1987/88*, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1992
Freida Zamba (USA) – 1984/85, 1985/86, 1986/87, 1988
Carissa Moore (Hawaii) – 2011, 2013, 2015, 2019
Lisa Andersen (USA) – 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997

*In 1987 she won her first title as a South African citizen.

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