Surfing world champion Gabriel Medina joins rumoured partner Neymar Jnr on world’s biggest-selling video game franchise FIFA2021!

Superstar status confirmed… 

The two-time world surfing champion, Brazil’s Gabriel Medina, is a surprise addition to the 2021 version of football simulation video game FIFA2021, the biggest-selling vid game in the world.

Medina, who is twenty-seven and who became Brazil’s first-ever world surfing champion in 2014, joins good friend, and rumoured partner, the soccer superstar Neymar Jr in the game.

Readers will remember, one week ago, sopping up their morning fat with the news that media houses in Brazil were speculating wildly about the pair’s relationship. 

Various outlets, including and the country’s version of Time, Istoé, said the pair were spending every available minute together and at least one claimed that both are using models to cover their true feelings.

From Midiario:

The famous Brazilian soccer player Neymar returns with a new controversy and what he has put on his Instagram is a series of photos from which he has been very affectionate with another man.

Best friends, Medina, Neymar Jr.

In the show program, “Chisme No Like”, the journalists Javier Ceriani and Elisa Beristain, said that Medina has a romance with the model Jazmín Brunette, something that supposedly would be to cover her sexuality as well as Neymar with Natalia Barulic , Maluma’s ex (his romance was never confirmed).

Communicators say that they have maintained a friendship since childhood, but it is not “normal” to see that of men here.

You’ll find cartoon Medina, meanwhile, in FIFA2021’s volta mode, which was introduced last year, and where soccer is played in the streets.

Eight other celebs made the cut for FIFA2021 including Brazilian singer Anitta; Batien Schweisteiger, former German soccer player; Hide Nakata, a former Japanese football player; Daniel Ricciardo, Australian Formula 1 driver; Lamar Jackson, NFL football player; Sam Kerr, Australian soccer player; DJ Snake, French music producer; and Winnie Harlow, Jamaican and Canadian model.

The name Anitta will ring bells for those with long-ish memories.

Two years ago, surf fans blamed poon and politics for Medina’s poor showing in Europe that year.

Fans blamed three things: Brazil’s right-wing president Jair Bolsonaro, with whom Medina and Neymar had been trading video messages, Neymar himself, and the poon-shaking singer Anitta, famous for her tight miniskirts, sequinned silver halters and precarious heels.

Medina, Neymar Jr with singer Anitta.

From one: “He wants to be hated as Neymar is. He was never very smart and walking with Neymar and Annita and glorifying the myth. In the end the fans will turn against him, as with Neymar, an arrogant and uncultured person.”

What’s your favourite Anitta song?

Mine was always the sassy fem-anthem Paradinha until last year’s duet with Cardi B, Me Gusta, appeared and became an instant classic.

Victim being attended to by brave helpers.

Sadistic shark chews arm of man out for a lovely Sunday swim with his wife in Australian lake: “Her calm, quick-thinking likely saved his life!”

But how would your significant other react in the same situation?

These Covid-racked years have taught each and every one of us to enjoy the little things. Strolling with your friend through the park at dusk, two scoops of ice-cream instead of just one, going for a lovely swim with spouse as blistering heat cooks your New South Wales, Australia town.

A 58-year-old man and his 56-year-old wife were doing exactly that, last evening, off of Lake Macquaire just south of Newcastle, when a sadistic six-foot shark shattered the beauty of the moment by chewing the groom’s arm.

NSW Ambulance Inspector Grahame Rathbone, who was first to respond, said, “When you get a call to attend a shark attack, you never really know the full extent of the injuries until you get on scene.”

But what he found, upon arrival, was a pleasant surprise. The husband had been helped to shore by his bride where bystanders fashioned a tourniquet and significantly slowed the bleeding. Furthermore the wife, calm and clear-headed, managed the tableau spectacularly, explaining to the ambulance team her husband’s medical history, keeping a positive attitude.

Her demeanor very likely saved his life but now over to you, how would your significant other react in the same situation? Would he or she stay harmonious? Begin shrieking like a banshee? Secretly hope you bleed out?

Covid-racked years, man.

Strange times.

Jack Robinson, Nathan Florence’s new brides team up to launch sustainable swimwear line: “We wanted every woman to feel comfortable, sexy and stylish!”

"The most powerful power couple couple to ever dance upon the fair seas."

A new power couple couple has emerged in our surf world and it may well be the most powerful power couple couple to ever dance upon the fair seas.

You are already well aware of Jack Robinson, the Championship Tour rookie sensation from Western Australia who has had the attention of surf fans for many years. You are, equally, aware of Nathan Florence, John John’s more engaging younger brother who rides many big waves.

You may not be aware that the two of them recently became married, Jack to a Brazilian model named Julia Muniz Robinson and Nathan to a Hawaiian model named Mahina Florence.

Well, Julia and Mahina just launched an exciting new sustainable swimwear line named Maoi that has typically staid money magazine Forbes crowing ooh la la!

The two sat down for an interview with Forbes and discussed their motivations for launching the brand (We wanted to create a brand for our future and to be able to educate women as well as ourselves on sustainability..), how it is working together (We did all of our meetings through video calls and were constantly texting…), who this first collection is for (We wanted every woman to feel comfortable, sexy, and stylish in every design…) etc.

Uplifting though without one mention of their husbands.

Very 2021

Should Jack and Nathan double down on the burgeoning empire of sustainable chaps? I feel the hearty leg coverings are but one influencer away from much popularity.

Very “big wave.”

Listen: World’s greatest big wave skier Chuck Patterson swings in to discuss love, loss, Big Macs and getting barreled at “The Place of Broken Skulls!”

Snitches get stitches.

Sycophancy in sporting media, media in general, is par for the course. Surf journalism, a multiple rungs below sporting media and on a whole different ladder than media in general, is not immune, see Ashton Goggans, Yago Dora and Gerry Lopez.

Whatever the case, this morning found David Lee Scales and I across a larger but equally reclaimed wood coffee table from none other than Chuck Patterson.

The all-around extreme sporting super hero that skied Mavericks on Pete Mel’s day.

The same gently ruffled for that feat by stinkin’ David Lee Scales.

Maybe me too but my goodness.

If Chuck Patterson ain’t what we all aim to be than I’ll never surf journalism again.

A legend?

Better than Laird?

You decide.

And remember, my surf journalism hangs in the balance.

Listen here.

Japanese Olympic fans in happier days.

Surfing’s Olympic Dream shatters as Japanese government “privately concludes” Tokyo Olympics will be cancelled; looks to secure 2032 Games!

"Too difficult… I don't think it's going to happen."

Revealed today news that the Japanese government is looking for a “face-saving” way of announcing the 2021 Games, already postponed for one year, will have to be cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

As reported by The Times,

According to a senior member of the ruling coalition, there is agreement that the Games, already postponed a year, are doomed. The aim now is to find a face-saving way of announcing the cancellation that leaves open the possibility of Tokyo playing host at a later date. “No one wants to be the first to say so but the consensus is that it’s too difficult,” the source said. “Personally, I don’t think it’s going to happen.”

Publicly, Japan’s prime minister remains bullish and says holding the Games will be “proof of human victory against the coronavirus.”

Were you excited by surfing appearing at an Olympic Games?

Last January, our tour correspondent, Steve “Longtom” Shearer described his feelings,

Tell me, how pumped are you on surfings Olympic debut, on a scale of one to ten where one is you’d rather shoot heroin in the eyeball than watch and ten is cashing in your kids education fund to be there in person?

I’m hovering between a four and a six. Maybe a high seven if Italo surfs it in cut-offs during a typhoon swell.