I got my first surfboard at the age of four, but I was not too much into it. When I turned 10, I started sailing on small boats and two years later I discovered windsurfing. That has been my life’s passion. In 2001, I won my first PWA World Tour event in the freestyle discipline. In 2005, 2007 and 2008, I won the PWA wave tour.
"Just add me water… I guess that's all I need!"
Tell us about the products that you are using.
I have been wing foiling for two years now. I first got the SWING and thought it was an excellent learning tool: very gentle on your arms and it flies extremely well while wave surfing.
With the freestyle revolution, the STRIKE came to fill the need for extra power and hangtime while in the air. I believe F-ONE did a great job because they were able to maintain the light weight of the SWING and at the same time increase performances.
In terms of hydrofoils, I must say that the PHANTOM is incredible for speed. It’s also super stable, and has amazing carve stability.
How did you get into wing foiling / kitesurfing / surfing?
I started at home in Sao Miguel do Gostoso, where I tried with a friend and thought it was fun. That’s when I decided to order some SWING from F-ONE.
What do you do before getting in the water?
Nowadays, there is not much preparation so I just go when I get a break from work at the kitecenter.
Tell us about your best windsurf/ wing foil memory.
Wing foiling is still new for me, but my best memories are here in Gostoso. Regarding windsurfing, I have several from riding Teahupoo, Cloudbreak and Alibaba in Cabo Verde.
Your worst wipeout?
I was too late and got a very good hold down at Jaws once windsurfing. Needless to say, I didn’t make the next session.
Who you would like to say thank you to?
I would like to give a big thank you to Raphael Salles who is moving this amazing sport forward. But also thanks to F-ONE for giving me the opportunity with wing foiling to have a larger repertoire of water sports. Now, there is never a lazy day; everyday is a good day!