Francisco’s little body holds the biggest of dreams – qualifying for the WCT one day. This is why he surfs almost every day after school. But Francisco is also a boy of simple desires: if he could be the first in the water every morning and spend the rest of the day sharing waves with his friends, his life would be perfect. He started surfing in the summer of 2010, when he stood up on his father’s surfboard for the first time. As part of the APS junior team since 2014, he's traveled to Maldives, Morocco, Galicia and Australia. The best result of his (yet short) career came in 2017 when he became Portuguese under-12 national champion. A natural achievement for a boy who wastes no opportunity to improve his surfing – when not dropping waves, you will most likely find Francisco riding his skateboard or watching surf contests on the web. John John Florence, Julian Wilson and Nic von Rupp are the guys he looks up today.
Birthday: 22-07-2005 - 14 years old
Surf Spot: Linha do Estoril
Height: 1,50 m
Weight: 35 kg
Magic board: WANTED 5’2 squash tail shaped by Luis Carvalho
Training spot: usually Carcavelos and Costa de Caparica
Favorite wave: Poça
Favorite maneuver: barrels
Best quality: surfing well in tiny waves!
Worst flaw: I'm rather distracted and forgetful...
Heroes: Julian Wilson and Rob Machado
One song: Linkin Park
One film: View From a Blue Moon
Favorite activities: skateboarding
Secret talent: playing soccer
If I knew the World was going to end in 24 hours… I would go surf with my friends and ALL my family
If I found a genie in a bottle… I would ask to go on a trip around the world surfing the best spots
I am the greatest at: making new friends
I totally suck at: History (the subject)
I cannot resist to: ice cream
Life motto: Family comes first, surfing comes right after…
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