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Ricardo Campello

Discipline: Windsurf / Kite
Country: Brazil / Venezuela

One day I decided to try surfing and loved it, I actually wanted to be a pro surfer.

When I was a kid my dream was to be a Formula 1 racer, even though I lived in front of one of the best surf spots to surf in Brazil, Barra da Tijuca. My Idol was Ayrton Senna, after he died, my big dream Stopped. Then I started to play soccer but honestly, I had no talent, no one picked me up to play on their team the meaning of that was that I sucked!!

I had lots of real close friends which were surfers and when I was young I didn’t really care about the ocean, one day I decided to try surfing and loved it, I actually wanted to be a pro surfer and I remember doing good on the local grommet events, I used to windsurf maybe once or twice a month.

My mother’s husband (back then) was a Semi pro windsurfer with lots of national and south American titles and he thought me into it, I liked it but never expected to be world champion! Then we moved in 98 to Venezuela where my only option was to windsurf, we moved to the beach where basically the only thing you can do is windsurf the whole day, so my dream changed to become a professional windsurfer, so it did, I started sailing every day for 10 hours, I remember once I sailed for the whole day nonstop to drink water and eat that I had to be in the hospital for 2 days because of dehydration!!

Started doing small events , then I asked for my first wild card on the PWA world cup in Austria then my dream started to come true, My sponsors which was only nationally became internationally and I was invited to their annual photo-shoot in Hawaii with all the PRO’s and I was only 15 years old! I couldn’t believe it, I was doing a photo-shoot with Josh Stone and Jason Polakow which are one of the biggest legends in windsurfing!

The year after that I got 2nd in the world really close to win my first world title, from 2003 until 2005 I became World Champion in the freestyle discipline.

since 2008 I am dedicating to the wave discipline which is my real y dream, I have had 2 vice world championships and one 3rd place. I Still haven’t reached my goal which is become world champion but I am sure fighting as hard as I can to get it!

I also love to spend time kiting, wake boarding, surfing and Stand up paddling sometimes! I basically spend 90% of my time on the Ocean!

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