Muse: Corey Wilson

posted by / Photos / May 8, 2014

Gabriel Medina Hawaii

This is what it looks like when the current #1 is about to land an air reverse on your head.

“A lot of people hate the way he acts in the water and assume he’s the same way on land, but he’s actually one of the nicest, most down to earth people I’ve ever met.” Please, Corey, you go ahead and do laundry first. I insist.

“A lot of people hate the way that he acts in the water and assume he’s the same way on land, but he’s actually one of the nicest, most down to earth people I’ve ever met.” Please, Corey, you go ahead and do laundry first. I insist.

While Gabriel’s surfing is often times unpredictable — on this wave, not so much. Mexico.

While Gabriel’s surfing is often times unpredictable — on this wave, not so much. Mexico.

You’ve seen the shit Gabriel actually pulls. Just imagine what he does mind-surfing.

You’ve seen the shit Gabriel actually pulls. Just imagine what he does mind-surfing.

Gabriel, Pipeline.

Gabriel, Pipeline.

If you were Corey Wilson, you’d probably really like shooting Gabriel Medina too.

If you were Corey Wilson, you’d probably really like shooting Gabriel Medina too.


All Photos: Corey Wilson

I met Gabriel Medina about three years ago. The Rip Curl team manager brought him over to my house in Newport Beach, CA and said, “Hey Corey, I want you to meet Gabriel. He wants to go out with you and find some girls tonight.” We’ve been friends ever since. A lot of people hate the way that he acts in the water and assume he’s the same way on land, but he’s actually one of the nicest, most down to earth people I’ve ever met. As far as surfing goes, I think he’s the most exciting and well rounded surfer in the world. You literally never know what he’s going to do on a wave. It could be a two-foot onshore day — the kind of day when most people wouldn’t even bother with surfing — and Gabriel will go out there and land a massive backflip. What’s not to love? —Corey Wilson

Muse is a column on surfingmagazine.com exploring the gravitational pull of a surf photographer to their favorite subjects.

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  • To scared to lose my job

    I just wish the days of AI, Archy, Cory Lopez, Chris Ward, Chris Davidsen, Bruce, Gavin,Strider,Nathan, Christian, Potter, Carroll, the Ho’s etc were back.. That was surfing.. seriously can you tell me that this “athlete” has any of this… this kid might as well been a soccer, baseball player.. but he’s not one of us..

  • billy the kid

    Yeah well id like to see chris fucken davidson land a backflip.

  • Ben

    God did you just group AI with Strider? That’s like Jimi Hendrix with the guitarist from Blink 182.

  • DGCOVA

    you’r right …. this kid is not one of you….. his better!!!!!