Current #4 rated surfer on the World Surf League’s Championship Tour, Ítalo Ferreira, loves Portugal! And how could he not? His first trip over was in 2014 to compete at the Sata Airlines Pro, in the Azores Islands, and the Cascais Billabong Pro, back in the mainland. He was a major standout in both, finishing equal 5th and amassing precious points towards his qualification to the Championship Tour. A few weeks later he was back and nearly captured the World Junior Surfing Championship, in Ribeira D’Ilhas, Ericeira, finishing in the runner up position behind local hero Vasco Ribeiro.
In 2015 he arrived as a top Championship Tour surfer, making his first final and nearly taking out the win with an amazing air in the final. In 2018 he spent a lot of time surfing all around the coast before the MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal, at Supertubos, even started. There were sightings of Ítalo all around, from Costa da Caparica to Ericeira, not forgetting the fun beach breaks of Sintra. Riding surfboards made in Portugal, Ferreira was a spoiler in Gabriel Medina’s World Title hopes in Peniche, taking out the first brazilian world champ in an amazing battle of aerials, eventually taking the win of the event as well, his third of the year.
Currently Ítalo is in Hawaii for the world title showdown and, as usual, he is having a lot of fun. A brazilian TV crew, from the well known online and TV series “Série ao Fundo” spent a day with him, getting to know his routine while on the Island and, while driving around town, the interviewer asked where was his favorite location on tour. The Championship Tour is also known as the “Dream Tour” due to the quantity of world-class location on its schedule. It includes the Gold Coast (Australia), Bali (Indonesia), Jeffreys Bay (South Africa), Tahiti and Hawaii, among others, but Ferreira didn’t hesitate to name Portugal as his favorite! “Its my favorite place on tour! The food is really good, it has amazing waves all over the coast, waves for airs, barrels, it would be a place where I would live!”
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