This past Monday was not our typical Monday at Island Water Sports! Big thanks to Billabong our floor staff got a much-needed break to wake surf and kick it with Italo Ferreira. With Billabong rep Tommy Lysengen at the wheel, our staff enjoyed a great kick off to our week.
A Day With WSL’s Italo Ferreira & Billabong
July 23rd was not your typical Monday at Island Water Sports. We took a last-minute call from our Billabong rep and a couple of hours later almost our whole staff was wake surfing with a World Surf League world title contender & the nicest guy ever – Italo Ferriera. Italo is a Brazilian power house.
He was on a quick break from the 2018 World Surfing League and stopped off in Florida to bring some serious stoke to local surf shops on the east coast. We are beyond thankful that one of the best surfers in the world was excited to spend his day hanging out with shop employees during his probably much-needed down time. Moments like this are what surfing is all about!
We are all blessed to have this sport in our life. Italo is a walking example on how we should always be grateful to go surf…even if it’s a to wake behind a boat.
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About Italo Ferreira
Italo Ferreira is one of the most explosive surfers in the business. The high-flying Brazilian set the Championship Tour on fire during his 2015 rookie season with a spellbinding aerial attack, and his ground game is equally vicious. During his breakout year he made the semifinals in Rio, the quarterfinals in Fiji, Tahiti and France, before making his first CT Final in Portugal, where he and fellow aerial ace Filipe Toledo turned in a jaw-dropping dogfight for the ages. Italo ran away with the Rookie of the Year award after finishing his remarkable year No. 7. Not surprisingly, many considered him a title threat heading into the next season, including his hero Mick Fanning. But the past two years have been tougher for the kid from Baia Formosa. He had bright spots in 2016 with Semifinal appearances at Bells and Margaret River, but was stopped in Round Five seven-straight times, and fell to No. 15. He looked on track to rebound in 2017 after a strong fifth place finish at Snapper, but two days after the event he tore ligaments in his ankle, and he missed the next three stops. Fortunately, the inner-fire runs deep with Ferreira, who grew up in a humble neighborhood, where he borrowed boards from his cousins to get started. His progress was noticed and nurtured under the watchful eye of journeyman Jadson Andre and celebrated scout, Luiz “Pinga” Campos. His support system helped him fight his way back, and Ferreira finished the season with a fifth at Pipeline, avoiding any need the injury wildcard. Rehabbed and rekindled Italo is once again looking as dangerous as ever.