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Lay of the land: Foz do Iguašu, Brazil

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Gabriel Medina, Fernando de Noronha

Photograph By Jason Kenworthy

Nineteen-year-old Brazilian Medina is into the finals of X Games Real Surf and he's also one of the brightest young stars on the ASP World Tour. Winning both the Quiksilver Pro France and the Rip Curl Search in his rookie year, he's inspiring a new generation of Brazilian surfers to fly higher.