Italo Ferreira (BRA) is the reigning World Champion in Surfing and ranked number 1 in the world. After the cancelled 2020 season, he has started 2021 where he left off in 2019, placing 3rd at the first event of the World Surf League Championship Tour and then finishing 1st in Newcastle, Australia in April. He is The World Games Athlete of April 2021!
Italo Ferreira was born to a poor fishing family in a small town in north-east Brazil. He wasn’t able to buy a surfboard because they were too expensive, so he used to surf on the lids from the packing crates that his father used to despatch the fish. His luck changed when a talent scout for Brazil's surfers noticed his obvious talent, and Ferreira left home at 12 years old to pursue his dream of a professional surfing career that would lift his family out of poverty.
His success is due to his hard work, his willingness to go out in the water even when others would avoid doing so, and never forgetting his family nor where he came from. When Surfing makes its Olympic debut at the Tokyo Olympic Games, make sure to look out for Italo Ferreira and his famous aerial leaps!
As The World Games Athlete of the Month, Italo Ferreira will receive The World Games Athlete of the Month diploma as well as a branded gift from the Official Sponsor of Athlete of the Month, Protective Life.
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The World Games is a multi-sport event staged every four years by the International World Games Association under the patronage of the International Olympic Committee. The 11th edition of The World Games will be held in Birmingham, Alabama, USA, 7-17 July 2022. 3,600 athletes from over 30 sports and 100 countries will take part in The World Games.