Brazilian pro surfer Jean da Silva has passed away. The 32-year-old surfer from Joinville was found lifeless in his residence. In 2006, Da Silva finished third at the World Junior Surfing Championship and, four years later, he won the Brazilian Surfing Championships. He was the first surfer from the Santa Catarina state to be crowned national champion. Da Silva claimed three Qualifying Series (QS) events in Fernando de Noronha, Virginia Beach, and Cascais. He was a joyful, serene, and introspective human being.
Pro surfer Jean da Silva, 32, passes away
The International Surfing Association (ISA) submitted a declaration of intent to the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) for the inclusion of adaptive surfing on the 2024 Summer Paralympics program. Now that surfing has been added to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, and that ISA has been officially recognized as the international paralympic federation for “para-surfing,” the world governing body for the sport wants wave riding in the Paralympic agenda. The ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship has been running non-stop since 2015, and never stopped growing since it was first held at La Jolla Shores, in California.
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ISA wants adaptive surfers in the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games
Gabriel Medina defeated Julian Wilson and claimed the 2017 MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal, in Peniche. The finals got underway in excellent six-to-eight foot surf at the iconic beach break of Supertubos. The World Surf League (WSL) title was on the line for the reigning champion and defending event champion John John Florence. The Hawaiian could clinch his second WSL title with a win in Supertubos.
Ezekiel Lau claimed the 2017 EDP Billabong Pro Cascais title, after defeating Italo Ferreira in clean three-to-four foot surf at Praia do Guincho, the back-up venue in Cascais. In the final, both surfers got off to a slow start with medium scores, Ferreira leading the first exchange with a couple of forehand gauges on a clean little left. Lau opted for the forehand as well on a right but couldn’t complete his final maneuver. Facing tricky conditions, surfers decided to go to the air, and while the Brazilian fell on a few attempts, Lau managed to land a good tail whip for a 5.17 to momentarily take back the lead. He then quickly went back to his signature power carves and lay backs for a 6.67 and a stronger hold on the pole position.
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Ezekiel Lau wins the 2017 Billabong Pro Cascais
Filipe Toledo and Silvana Lima have taken out the Hurley Pro and Swatch Pro at Trestles, in Southern California. The Brazilian duo defeated Jordy Smith and Keely Andrew in the iconic cobblestone surf break of Lower Trestles. Despite the small three-to-four-foot waves on offer, Toledo and Lima are a force to be reckoned with in pro surfing no matter what the conditions are like Filipe Toledo claimed the fifth Championship Tour of his still short career – he is the first male athlete to win two events this season and has definitely entered the world title discussion.
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Brazilian Storm conquers Lower Trestles