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João Moreira

João Moreira

Von: Oeiras, Portugal Age: 17

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Birth Date: 03/13/1999

Currently Living: Carcavelos, Portugal

Years Surfing: 6/7 years

Sponsors: Volcom Clothing

Favorite Spot: Carcavelos

Favorite country: Portugal

Goals: National Champion under 14 And do my best in every contest that I compete in.

First board: An old board from my Father

Warm Ups: Skate and Music

What gets you motivated to surf?: Surfing videos ; Good music and skate videos

Side Tracks: Skate and Create

Music/Bands: Tame impala , Mac Miller and Flume

Videos/Movies: Lost Atlas , Dear suburbia and John John Florence

Best style: John John Florence , Kolohe Andino and Zeke lau

Random Information: Follow me on instagram and like my page on facebook ! @joaoguimoreira and João Moreira

Favorite Volcom Jeans: Frickin tight chino pant

Favorite Boardshorts: Lido Stripe

One thing you can't leave home without: My Ipad , my phone , my glasses and my father ! ahahah

Special Thanks: To my father, my Mother and my sponsors !

Fill in the blank: Hello. My name is João Moreira , some people call me “XANATINHO” . I would best describe my hometown as a very complete place to live, I've traveled quite a bit, but by far the best place I've been was Nicaragua, because the waves were absolutely pumping! But, by far most worse trip ever was to school, hahahah.

©Andre Carvalho


Leticia Canales: Knees, Knees, Knees
Here's a video clip from our Spanish surfer Leticia Canales just before her knee injury last August. She's now fighting hard to get back in shape and we wish her all the luck. GO LETI! You've got it.
Leticia is back!
Here's a nice interview that Surfemme Magazine did with our surfer Leticia Canales about her come back after a knee injury. Check it out to know more about how she felt about being injured and also her goals for the future! As the real article is in Spanish, we’ve taken the liberty to translate it to English for all you non-Spanish speakers. Leticia Canales is back after recovering from a knee injury. Considering that she currently is at about 20% of her surfing capabilities, we are confident that through her motivation, effort and passion for surfing and competitions, she will soon be at 120%. China is a first step, the next one: the European Championship. Leticia, what happened to you? How did you get hurt? It may be a coincidence, but all knee injuries I had happened on a 14th and this was now the third one and took place on August 14th, 2014. I was surfing, I heard a crack and I thought, "Well, it's over." We went to the doctor and he said it was a sprain but I could not straighten my leg. I went to physio for a month and a half, and even then I couldn’t stretch the leg; the doctors who treated me were worried about the diagnosis and decided to open the knee after all kinds of tests that weren’t working. When opening they found that I had a torn meniscus from which came a "thread" that wouldn’t let me straighten the knee. They also realized my knee was really worn out. They finally operated on me on October 20th and I then began physio until the 16th of December (2014). Now I’m “free”, but that doesn’t mean it’s cured. The doctors told me that the surfing will come back gradually and so that's what I’m doing, gradually getting back into it.   Do you think that the knee injury was the result of intensive training and high-level competition? I don’t think so, if the injury had been made while doing physical training itself then perhaps we could blame the excessive training but the truth is that I was fine, I would say at the best level I have ever been. I remember after the Sopela Championships, I felt really bad not to win and so the week after I surfed really bad. Just the day of the accident I surfed very well again with my coach and he said "Leti’s finally back!" And it happened in the third wave... it can happen to any surfer.   You were good and you had a good season, how have you been psychologically relative to surgery? When I got hurt, I knew I would be absent for two months and my chances of using my "Wild Cards" was almost zero. At the beginning, I took it badly because I was going to miss the season, I had a feeling of great impotence because I was hurt when I had the best opportunities: Wildcard in Hossegor, Wildcard in Pantin,.. But I have received a lot of support from my coach Aritza Saratxaga, Volcom, my family, all the children in the Skola Peña Txuri that I train ... so I felt cared about.   And how did the campaign # ÁnimoLeti come about? Have you actually been encouraged? (Her twin sister Loyola Canales started this campaign to encourage Leticia in her recovery.) Yeah!! It turns out that my insurance has lagged far behind: I was injured in August and I had to wait for late September. The reason for  #AnimoLeti was that in that moment everything went wrong: I had no physio sessions; they were not going to do my surgery... I hit the bottom psychologically. Then my sister Loyola invented this campaign and it’s been great because I have not only been supported by people surfing, but the people from hockey, people from other regions ... The next day I was walking in the street and everyone gave me courage. Like a new life!! Now that you have finished your physical training, what is the most immediate goal you fixed you? I only have three weeks between my comeback and the first competition, the QS in China. My goal is to get back to where I was, but I know it will not happen in three weeks. My goal in China is simply to score some points, because I lost my ranking from last year, so I'm going to attack from below. So little time has passed since my comeback I don’t think I will be at more than 20% of my ability, I can’t expect miracles. The results I’ve made are from the work and training. I train everyday, but do not expecting results. China to me is like a pre-season and in April I intend to do the juniors. My annual goal is to do what I could not do during 2014 European Championship, which is be in the top 3, European QS, with the choice to go to selection for European and World Junior. I would do all possible QS to make my points, but it depends on the money as well.   Speaking of "money", now you're in the campaign of the daily sports magazine Marca "Patrocínalos." How did it happen? My coach and I are always looking for online sponsorship opportunities on the world circuit, because it is something very expensive. I have two great friends, Rocío and Lucia, in the selection of Hockey and they are also on this platform, so they encouraged me. Here crowdfunding, especially in sports, do not have much success, but the positive side is that it gives you a lot of visibility and gradually people know you and they get to know competitive surfing. Being there is always good, the magazine Marca only asks me to have a realistic project. I recently participated in a shoot for Marca Estilo with makeup, lights... it was a very interesting experience. This opened the door to other experiences like this. Do you think media like Marca can help visualize surfing not just a fad but as a competitive sport and for you as an athlete? During the 2011 European Championship, which took place in Ireland I was in Marca when I qualified for the final. It is good to get out in such sport newspapers. Marca is one of the most read newspapers... On TV, I see surfing all the time in advertisements; cars with surfboards on the roof... but these brands don’t support the sport itself or the athletes, which they could. I’I think this type of surf mode is a bit of hallucination: you sell a sport like fashion, like tourism, but no support besides that and some need the money to reach their goals within this sport.   Now for those fitness goals: being so long out of the water, what kind of training did you follow to minimize the lack of surfing? As soon as I removed the staples of the operation I did swimming, lots of swimming, walking and lots of biking. Two weeks after the operation, I started massages and physio exercises that tortured me; I had never felt such pain!! (laughs) but I started here in Peña Txuri with my physical trainer (Aitor Santiesteban) and my surf coach (Aritza Saratxaga) to coordinate all exercises. To keep fit I exercised with rubber bands and swam a lot. About 3000 meters in the pool. If I hadn’t done that, I couldn’t be at this level when I started surfing again.   How was your comeback to surfing? The first day I went surfing, it was fatal: I had sore ribs and I had trouble reaching the peak. That day, the waves were huge and after four months without feeling that... I was afraid, to say the truth! (Laughs). My coach pushed me to just take the whitewater at first and the second wave I got up. Normally, sessions are short, from one hour to one and a half, but as I went to Mundaka to train and felt good, I stayed over three hours. All the people I saw there told me "Great Leti, you're back!!” I am happy to surf again, but my surfing’s not back yet. My mother always reminds me that I have to study because I might hurt myself and all the doctors told me "Every athlete gets injured and it’s always when they are at their best", but they also said they most times become stronger, so I’m sticking with it. "I will return and surf better”.
Down in the Basque Country
Yearning to go someplace we'd never been before, we made a last minute call last Friday morning and and headed down to the intriguing Basque Country for some surfing and pinchos. The Sopela Pro Junior contest was on and we felt like supporting our local team surfer Leticia Canales at her home beach. Some would argue we were in Spain, others in the Basque Country. A crowded but fun beach! Leticia stirring up some water in the small waves at the semi-finals.   Twin sister Loiola serves as a mental coach and is according to Leti the best person to get her focused and pumped up before a heat The waves weren't treating our female competitors too good during the final, leaving our some what disappointed Leti in 2nd place. We were proud of her still and after her frustration settled with help of positive friends and family we got some good smiles on the pedestal and an eager guide for Saturday touristing. Second place after Guadeloupe's Kim Veteau Sopela has one of the most beautiful beaches on the South-west coast Tour guide Leticia showing us the view to Punta Galea big wave site from the 160m long Vizcaya Bridge (at 45m over high-tide level) over the river floating out from Bilbao. The bridge was built in the 19th century and is a must-see if you're in the area. Twin fun in n out of the water Our personal favorites; Spanish omelette, green peppers, more green peppers and proper Iberico ham.
Leticia Canales // Let's Party
Spring hasn't been the greatest in terms of weather in the South West of Europe but this hasn't killed Leticia's craving for waves, waves and more waves as she prepares for the next contest coming up in a much warmer spot: Mexico. Here's a great little clip she put together for our enjoyment. Now... Go surf already!
Pro Chat: Leticia Canales, Volcom Surfer
Cooler Magazine catches up with the latest addition to our surf team; Leticia Canales! Read the interview and see what she has to say about surfing. How does it feel to be the newest member of the Volcom European surf team? I feel really good, to join Volcom has been like a dream come true! Why do you think you fit the Volcom vibe? I think because my mind goes well with Volcom. I love my sport and I love to have fun, I like the punk style that Volcom has. Volcom means the madness of surfing and I like that madness. Do you feel lucky to have grown up in the basque country with all those waves? I´m so lucky to have the ocean near my house. And I think I am privileged to live in the Basque Country and enjoy one of the best lefts in the world: MUNDAKA! Have you always lived within walking distance of the sea? I live in Sopela, a town near the sea. All my life I have had contact with the sea and I can´t live without it. It´s like the peace that my mind and my body needs. You started competing at 10 years old, what do you love about being a competitive surfer? I love to win, but only one can do it. The competition has given me other values ​​such as knowing how to lose, having perseverance, being grateful, learning other languages ​​and meeting lots of people. Being a competitive surfer gives you the value of respecting your opponent. Why do I love the competition? Because it teaches you what elite sport is. It´s simple. Do you have plans to go to Uni or will you see where surf takes you in life? I dont have plans to go to Uni yet. When I was a little girl I had a dream “to be a pro surfer” and I´m following my real dream and I´ll not stop until I get it. I’m so thankful for my family who wants my dream to come true too, so I have all the support that I need. Where are you right now and what have you got coming up? At the moment i´m in Peru, I lost my first competition of the tour but instead of being sad, I’ve realized that I have the whole season ahead and I have to learn about mistakes! My priority is to do the ASP PRO JUNIORS Europe and WQS tour.
Leticia Canales joins the European Volcom Women's Surf Team
Leticia Canales is an adventurous and promising surfer, a Sopelana local, born in Bilbao. She recently put her University studies on hold to focus purely on surfing. We thank her for it as we give her a warm Volcom to the team! Her 2013 season was excellent, getting 2nd place at the ASP Pro Junior Tour and 9th place in the ASP World Junior Championships in Brazil. She furthermore claimed the Spanish National Absolut Champion title the same year and it doesn't stop there as she also won the Euskal Monster in MUNDAKA Surf with a perfect 10 pointer from an insane tube ride. Leticia stared surfing together with her twin Loiola as a child of 6 summers old. At 14 she started competing in the European Championships and World Championships with her national team. At present she's participating in the ASP PRO European Junior Series, ASP WAS European series, ISA World and European Championships, the Spanish Cup and Basque contests. Keep an eye out for her - more news and full interview to come!   Photo credit © Jon Aspuru Rubio