Gabriel Medina Will Miss Start of World Surf League to Take Care of Mental Health

Three-time surfing world champion Gabriel Medina, 28, has decided not to travel to Hawaii

Three-time surfing world champion Gabriel Medina, 28, has decided not to travel to Hawaii, where the first two stages of the 2022 World Surf League season will take place starting on Saturday (29).

Medina said the decision is aimed at preserving his physical and mental health and was one of the most difficult he has ever made.

Brazilian surfer Gabriel Medina celebrates his third World Title after winning the men's Rip Curl World Surf League Final at Lower Trestles in San Clemente, California on September 14, 2021. - Carissa Moore, who won the first ever Olympic gold medal in women's surfing in Tokyo, wins her fifth world title and Gabriel Medina his third world title. (Photo by Apu GOMES / AFP) - AFP

"As much as I want to be in the water, I'm not physically and emotionally up to it. And recognizing that I've reached the limit has been a tough process. Late last year, I injured my hip. Since then, I've been doing physical therapy. I took the vaccine and I've been taking care of myself to be well for this year."

"In addition to the body comes the mind, which is also not in the best shape. I've had some exhausting months. And I need to look at myself right now and take care of myself."

Medina's name was already included in the drawn keys of the opening event. The world circuit will start on the traditional Pipeline wave.

The three-time champion did not set a date to return to compete. "I'm committed and focused to come back well and meet you guys as soon as I'm ready."

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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