Neco Padaratz helped pave the way for Brazilian competitive surfing when he joined the ASP World Tour in 1989. At the time, he was already a teenage surf star in Brazil, and once surf magazines in the US and Australia took notice of his potential, the rest was history.
Padaratz had a rocky career on Tour which he shares candidly with Patrick and Tanner. Despite some difficult times, the highest point of his career was when he defeated Andy Irons in the final of the 2002 Quiksilver Pro France. Padaratz also surprised long-time fans when he surfed the SLO CAL Open at Morro Bay this year.
"I was just an animal-style competitor, like a gladiator, like a samurai, but I was never a snob," Padaratz reflects on his tenacity.
In, 1999, Padaratz celebrated his first major win in Huntington at the Gotcha Pro (now known as the Vans US Open). And in the crowd, the Gudauskas brothers stood in awe as the powerful Brazillian rattled the bleachers in celebration. Now, just over 20 years later, Patrick and Tanner connect with their long-time idol about the past, present, and future of Brazillian competitive surfing.