Brazilian Italo Ferreira is thankful for the kindness of cousins after winning gold on surfing's debut at Tokyo 2020.
When high-flying surfer Ferreira, well known for his aerial game, first got into surfing he didn’t have any boards of his own. In order to get out on the water the fisherman's son was forced to borrow boards from his cousins who were luckily all too happy to help.
At 12 years old the young surfer’s life completely changed when he was discovered by legendary Brazilian surge coach, Luis ‘Pinga’ Campos. Campos, who is responsible for unearthing nearly every notable Brazilian of the last 10 years, identified Ferreira’s potential at a junior contest in Ponta Negra.
Campos quickly took the young talent under his wing and by 2011, the Brazilian was competing at the Junior World Championships, winning two rounds and finishing runner-up in the overall category. In 2015 he made the giant leap from the onto the World Championship Tour - the elite arena of surfing - and in his rookie season he began catching everyone’s attention. Ferreira won the “Rookie of The Year” award after his 7th place finish on the tour.
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