Catching up with Brazilian Pro Surfer: Italo Ferreira

There are a few things you should know about Italo Ferreira. First, his age: 20 and he is ranked 9 on the WCT (World Championship Tour). Second, he comes from a very fun right-hander in Baia Formoso, Brazil. Third, this WCT rookie is studying at Lexis Noosa over the next few weeks.

I had the privilege of catching up with Italo at the Lexis Noosa Welcome BBQ at Shades Wine Bar on Monday.


So, what brings you to Lexis English Noosa?

I’ve just come from the Quickie Pro at the Gold Coast, where there are a lot of Brazilians who speak Portuguese. I need to improve my English for the media so I thought Noosa would be the best place to come and learn with less Brazilians around me.

Have you had a chance to surf in Noosa yet?

No, not yet. I’ve heard the waves are great and there are some nice point breaks here, I will probably go for a surf this afternoon.

I heard you knocked Kelly Slater out of the Quicksilver Pro a few days ago? That is an amazing achievement!

Kelly is an incredible surfer, who I have a lot of respect for, so for me it was a great achievement!

Thanks for chatting with us today and I hope we can catch up for a surf while you’re here at my local surf spot, Sunshine Beach!

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