A Rivalry In The Making

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John John Florence and Gabriel Medina turned pro the same year. Now each has a world title, and neither is older than 25. Those who follow pro surfing expect the rivalry between the Hawaiian and the Brazilian to define pro surfing over the next decade. Here is how the two stack up.

John John Florence

John John Florence. Illustration: Yu-Ming Huang

Age: 24

Height: 6’1’

Weight: 167 pounds

First year on pro tour: 2011

World titles: 1

2016 earnings: $389,500

Career winnings: $1.6 million

Hometown: North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii

Head to head wins against Medina: 4

Gabriel Medina

Gabriel Medina contemplating Pipeline. Illustration: Alvar Sirlin

Gabriel Medina contemplating Pipeline. Illustration: Alvar Sirlin

Age: 23

Height: 5’11’’

Weight: 176 pounds

First year on pro tour: 2011

World titles: 1

2016 earnings: $271,250

Career winnings: $1.8 million

Hometown: Maresias, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Head to head wins against Florence: 10

Source: World Surf League