Caio Ibelli learned to surf in Ubatuba at age three during family trips that originated in the heart of bustling São Paulo, where they lived. It wasn’t until Caio was 10 that his parents decided to move to the humble coastal neighborhood of Guarujá full-time to support his surfing dreams. Once there, Caio was immediately playing catch-up to future stars like Gabriel Medina, Italo Ferreira, Miguel Pupo, and Jadson Andre in the junior ranks. While they graduated to the Championship Tour early, becoming the front edge of the Brazilian storm, Ibelli arrived as a powerful reinforcement to their efforts after dominating the Qualifying Series in 2015. During his rookie season on the Championship Tour he made an immediate impact by knocking out John John Florence in back-to-back events during the Australian leg. He finished with a strong fifth-place finish at Margaret River, and beat out six other talented newbies to claim the Rookie of the Year honor. In 2017 Ibelli made his first Championship Tour Final at Bells Beach and finished once again in the Top 20.