What a yew-worthy storyline for Brazil’s Italo Ferreira.
Just days before flying to Japan to compete in the 2019 ISA World Surfing Games, dude gets his passport “stolen” — because a surfer would never lose one. Then, after an 18 hour flight delay, the 25 year old had to borrow a board from Filipe Toledo and dominated his heat while donning jorts (jean-shorts.)
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In the above IG post, Italo Ferreira said the following about overcoming pre-contest drama with a perfect-10 wave.
I love surfing and I try my best to perform well underwater and even in the most difficult times I seek strength in God and go up.
There’s a lot to roll over there, but for me, getting here has been a victory.
So if you have a problem in your life, DO NOT GIVE UP. BELIEVE! In the end, it will be alright, just believe it is possible.
Brazil’s first World Surfing Games medal in nearly two decades, Italo grabbed the Men’s Gold Medal with the highest heat total of the event.