Tony Laureano is growing up quick. He’s never been pressured to do what he does, but he’s certainly respected for his determination and courage whenever he finds himself surfing really big waves that scare most humans of any age. First surfing Nazaré at just 12-years old, he was obviously not a typical child. He was raised in the heavy waves of Praia Grande and matured very early on when, as a child, his mother says he saw his sister “become an angel.” Aside from his mother’s approval, Tony also has the support of his proud father, Ramon.
Last season, António Laureano was the youngest surfer to ever be nominated for the XXL Big Wave Awards at just 15-years old. His entry came in the biggest wave category, pairing him with big wave surfing’s elite and earning him a spot back home on the “Surfer Wall” in the Fort of S. Miguel Arcanjo. All this for a young man who dreams of being a Big Wave Tour competitor but is too young to do so.
Now, 16-years old and with a ton of experience already, he continues to show dedication and focus in training, whether he’s out of the water, out surfing, or in his apnea training. He grows increasingly confident about facing new challenges while showing reverence for one of the biggest waves in the world–in his home country.