HOMETOWN: João Pessoa, Paraíba, Brazil
DAY TIME JOB: Software developer
FAVORITE FOOD: Brazilian barbecue
DREAM VACATION: Tahiti
FAVORITE PADDLING RUN: Lanikai to Kailua bay. You just need to paddle out for about 20min to find great ocean swells and trades blowing on the perfect angle.
DREAM PADDLING RUN/ADVENTURE: Any inter island crossing. Maui to Lanai looks epic from that video with Kai and Bobby, I hope to do that one some day. I also think about crossing all islands, from Big Island to Kauai, maybe even using more than one sport during the journey, like windsurf and kitesurf.
FAVORITE THING TO DO ON AN OC-1 (i.e. downwind run, surf, fish, etc.): Downwind run for sure.
IF YOUR NOT PADDLING YOUR: Hanging out with my wife and friends, watching some tv show or working out in my home gym.
IF YOU COULD TAKE ANYONE TO DINNER (dead or alive) WHO WOULD IT BE: My grandmother. Living far from family is tough, sometimes you don't have a chance to say goodbye to loved ones.
MUSIC OR NO MUSIC WHILE PADDLING. IF MUSIC, WHAT KIND OF MUSIC DO YOU ENJOY ON THE OCEAN: No music. When I'm out there in the ocean I like to disconnect from everything, just hear the wind and waves, clear my head.
BEST PIECE OF LIFE ADVICE YOU HAVE EVER RECEIVED: Be thankful for what you have and never stop trying improve on whatever you're doing. Stop making excuses for what you're not doing.
FAVORITE OC-1 RACE: Molokai Solo. The first time I heard people crossed from Molokai to Oahu paddling by themselves I knew I had to try, and that is what brought me into competitive paddling. My first solo race was in 2017 and I got lucky with epic conditions, best downwind I've ever done. Also it brings the best competition and you get to measure yourself against some of the best paddlers in the world.
WHO IS YOUR HERO IN LIFE? WHY? My grandfather. Worked hard his whole life, still does. Most generous person I know and always has a positive attitude.
IF YOU COULD INSTILL ONE THING IN THE NEXT GENERATION OF PADDLING WHAT WOULD IT BE: Enjoy the process. If you want to become good at something don't just look at the end result but enjoy every step to get there, working really hard to achieve it won't feel like working but more like having fun.