About

Silvana Lima is a warrior. There’s no other word to describe a woman with her skill, determination and resilience. She started well behind the line, growing up in a snack-shack on the sand in Paracuaru, Brazil, owned by her parents. She learned to surf on a piece of wood that she adorned with a makeshift fin herself. Her first “real” board was a hand-me-down she got at 14. Yet from those humble beginnings she went on to become an eight-time national champion, a two-time runner up to the World Title, and an inspirational unsung hero. She was a diehard soccer player in her youth, and nearly chose that path until a career in surfing became a reality. Her lively performances earned her a spot on the Championship Tour in 2006, and she set the world on fire during her first six years on Tour with five Top 5 finishes on the leaderboard, including her No 2 rank in 2008 and 2009. Her winnings allowed her to buy her family their dream home, and life was good. Silvana’s bread and butter was her penchant for progressive moves. Lightweight and agile with breakneck speed, she was one of the first women to routinely go to the air in competition. But her acrobatics cost her in 2012, when torn ligaments in her knee forced her to sit out the season. With a new generation of stars grabbing command of the Tour the 27-year-old veteran was quickly forgotten by a ruthless surf industry. She got the injury wildcard in 2013, but she got shellacked with her still-tender knee, and fell off Tour. While most surfers would have called it a career, 29-year-old Lima attacked surfing’s minor leagues without blinking, and won the 2014 Qualifying Series. Back on the CT in 2015 it appeared she hadn’t lost a step when she returned to the Roxy Pro and eliminated Sally Fitzgibbons with a huge aerial reverse. But that quarterfinal finish was her lone bright spot that season, and by year’s end she was off the Tour again, and at 30 it felt like rock bottom. But Lima’s friends and family still believed her. Former Tour star Leonardo Neves began working with her, adding even more moves to her arsenal. Encouraged by her own progress, she sold her apartment, her car, and her bulldog’s prized puppies to fund her next QS campaign…and it worked. She won it again in 2016, and this time she returned to the CT healthy. In 2017 blitzed her way to victory at the Swatch Lowers Pro proving that at 32 years old, she was still on the forward edge of progress. Today, at 33, Silvana Lima is pinching herself again, and whenever she's feeling down she just reads the ink on her right arm, which says, “Tudo Passa.” Everything passes.

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  • Women's CT 2018
    #11
  • Heat wins
    6
  • Avg. heat score
    11.09
  • Rookie year
    2006

Competition results

Women's Championship Tour #8
Complete
Sep 06 - 09, 2018
Place
9th
Defeated by
Women's Qualifying Series #36
Complete
Aug 27 - Sep 02, 2018
Place
5th
Defeated by
Women's Championship Tour #7
Complete
Jul 30 - Aug 05, 2018
Place
INJ
Points
1,390
Women's Championship Tour #6
Complete
Jul 06 - 16, 2018
Place
13th
Defeated by

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Event results

NamePlacePointsPrize money
Roxy Pro Gold Coast9th3,085$11,500
Rip Curl Women's Pro Bells Beach3rd6,085$21,000
Oi Rio Women's Pro5th4,745$14,475
Corona Bali Protected - Women's5th4,745$14,475
Uluwatu CT - Women's13th1,390$10,000
Corona Open J-Bay - Women's13th1,390$10,000
Vans US Open of Surfing - Women's CTINJ1,390-
Surf Ranch Pro - Women's9th3,085$11,500

Career stats

YearRankPointsEventsHeatsMax heat scoreBest result
20181125,91581817.733rd 
20171231,900103118.101st 
2016211,7501213.7313th 
20151423,650103018.165th 
20131522,45082317.435th 
20121613,9507517.565th 
2011533,12072516.253rd(x2)
201044,71682816.931st 
200924,94472518.67
200825,53462217.50
200735,342800.00
200693,408000.00
Silvana Lima
Brazil
Silvana Lima
Brazil
  • Stance
    Regular
  • First season
    2008 Women's CT
  • Age
    33 Oct 29, 1984
  • Height
    5 ft, 1 in 154 cm
  • Weight
    108 lbs 49 kg
  • Hometown
    Paracuru, Brazil
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