Gabriel Medina
Won Brazil's first ever world surfing championship in an exciting climax to the season. Medina finished runner-up at the Pipe Masters in Hawaii which was enough to beat nearest rival and defending champion Mick Fanning. Medina was the dominant surfer throughout the year, winning the first event on the Gold Coast and also in Fiji and Tahiti. He is the first 20-year-old to win the world title since Kelly Slater won the first of his 11 successes in 1992.