Faces of 2015: Ferreira's Fire

Faces of 2015 is a series on new and returning surfers on this year's Samsung Galaxy Championship Tour. At just 20 years old Italo Ferreira (BRA) earned a spot on the CT after placing seventh overall on the 2014 Qualifying Series (QS).

Ferreira Launches to the Sky
Italo Ferreira earned a 9.67 for this backside air reverse, a flare like those of fellow Brazilian flyboy Filipe Toledo.

Name: Italo Ferreira
Age: 20
Hometown: Baia Formosa, Brazil
Stance: Goofy

Shaper: T. Patterson
Preseason Championship Tour (CT) Rank: 26

WSL: What's your first memory of surfing?
IF: When it all started I didn't have boards to surf and had to borrow them from my cousins.

I am more sure that nothing is impossible.

World Surf League: What do you think your big takeaway was from last season on the QS?
Italo Ferreira: Last year was one of the best years of my career, I got so many great results in a short time and my dream came true with the spot on the Tour. After [last] year I am more sure that nothing is impossible, I believe if you work hard it will pay off.

WSL: What are three words to describe yourself?
IF: Courage, perseverance and focus.

WSL: How do you keep calm in surf that scares you?
IF: I think about all that I've been through and it calms me.

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WSL: What are you most looking forward to on Tour?
IF: I hope to adapt my surfing quickly and let it flow into the waves of the Tour.

WSL: What are you most nervous about for your first year on Tour?
IF: When I think of the waves that I've never surfed and how it will be when I get there.

WSL: Are there any waves that you feel less strong in?
IF: I think my weakness is in big waves, because I don't have [the chance] to surf those waves [all the] time. But I've been working and training hard to do my best to strengthen this weakness.

Italo Ferreira (BRA) winning his Round 3 heat. Ferreira knows how to fly. - WSL

WSL: What differentiates you from the other surfers on Tour -- as a person and as a surfer?
IF: I don't know, I'm a very simple guy who doesn't drink, doesn't smoke and loves to have a lot of fun with my friends.

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WSL: What are your goals for your first year on Tour?
IF: My goals are to get good results right on the first stops of the Tour and finish the year good as well.

I'm a very simple guy who doesn't drink, doesn't smoke.

WSL: What's your favorite surf trip memory?
IF: When I did my first international surf trip with Jadson Andre (BRA) and Miguel Pupo (BRA) to Mexico and I was just a little grom.

WSL: Who on the Championship Tour inspires you?
IF: Mick Fanning (AUS), he's a super-focused guy and an example to follow.

WSL: Is there an event in which you believe you have an edge over the other surfers?
IF: I believe it could be any stop, because it will depend on the moment.

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WSL: Who do you train with?
IF: I train at the Instituto Marazul where there are the best professionals specializing in sports [medicine] and sometimes I surf with Jadson Andre who lives close to me.

WSL: What's your take on the level of women's competitive surfing today?
IF: All contests that I watch them surf, I try to learn their style and beautiful maneuvers.

Don't miss Ferreira begin his first season on the Championship Tour (CT) at the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast LIVE on the World Surf League (WSL) homepage February 28 - March 11, 2015.