Italo Ferreira is one of the most explosive surfers in the business. The high-flying Brazilian first 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 ranked at No. 7. Not surprisingly, many consider him a serious title threat, including his hero Mick Fanning. But the past few years have come with ups and downs 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. Bouncing back almost immediately, Fererra saw his best year in 2018 with three event wins at Bells, Keramas, and Supertubos, jumping to No. 4 on the Jeep Leaderboard. 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. Coming off of his best year yet, Italo is once again looking as dangerous as ever.