Every time it was bigger, I’d tell my dad, ‘I want to go out, I want to go out! ’ Saquarema was a nice place to grow up because the heaviest wave in Rio is there, and it’s a great place to live and train.
After that session, he asked me, ‘Do you want to keep doing this or do you want to go back to Brazil? ’ I told him I really want to do this and I want to change my career to try and made the big-wave tour.
He said, ‘Don’t worry about the size of the first wave, just take one wave to remove the nerves. Just enjoy the session. ’ I’m still doing the same thing now.
When I got to the outside and I saw Jamie Mitchell paddling into massive waves, one that he took all the way to the beach, I told Burle I definitely wanted to paddle.
Right before the start of the Puerto Escondido Challenge last year, many big-wave mainstays who were warming up for the contest took note of Chumbo, who was frequently seen scratching into Puerto’s huge, sand-bottomed barrels.
With the waiting period for the 2017 Puerto Escondido Challenge underway–which will be Chumbo’s debut onto the WSL’s main stage–we decided to catch up with the young Brazilian to talk about his upbringing and why he left the ‘QS to focus his sights on bigger things.
My uncle is [big-wave surfer] Marco Monteiro, and he taught me how to ride my first big wave, by phone, when I was 14 years old during my first time in Hawaii.
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