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Italo Ferreira after the opening round of the 2019 ISA World Surfing Games. Photo: Pablo Jimenez/ISA


The Inertia

Italo Ferreira just made a guy named Dylan Southworth the unluckiest Olympic hopeful on the planet. If the current World #6 hadn’t made his opening round heat at the ISA World Surfing Games – a mandatory qualifier for the 2020 Tokyo Games – Southworth would have been gifted Olympic destiny from the surf gods themselves. But that’s not what the surf gods had in mind.

Ten minutes to go. Finish in the top two of what’s now just three surfers instead of four and it’s onto the next round for Southworth. “Is this a near-free pass through,” he had to be thinking. “Wait, sh**…is that Italo on the beach? That is Italo on the beach. He looks frantic. Whatever, he doesn’t even have a board. Maybe he got hurt and had to bow o– wait, is Filipe Toledo handing him a board??? Ok, well, he’s wearing jean shorts he’s obviously not dressed to su– Nope. Nope, he’s definitely putting on a jersey. Ok but still there’s literally only nine minutes left in this heat now and he’s comboed with last priority of four– ok, seriously???”

Italo’s first wave: a 2.23. That wouldn’t have put much of a dent into the combo situation. But then Ferreira posted a 5.13 and an 8.33 on consecutive waves to pull off the impossible, winning a heat the universe clearly did not want him to. Southworth would have finished that opening round in second with a respectable score and moved on. Instead, Ferreira’s jean-shorts-borrowed-board miracle ended the Mexican surfer’s time at the 2019 ISA World Surfing Games as quickly as it had started.

So why was Italo Ferreira running into the water with a borrowed board, less than 10 minutes to go, and dressed in jean shorts? It was definitely a hellish series of events.

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“I was robbed 4 days ago in the United States,” Ferreira wrote.

His passport had been stolen. And with a quick turnaround between the ISA event in Japan and the Surf Ranch Pro immediately following back in California, he’d need a Visa to ensure he could come back to the United States. He’d been advised to leave the States, head to Japan, and schedule appointments there to secure the necessary documentation.

“So I left the United States on September 8 and embarked for Tokyo, with an interview scheduled for the following day, 09,” he described. “It all seemed normal, but MY FLIGHT WAS DELAYED BECAUSE OF A HURRICANE – I even stayed 18 hours on the plane.”

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Interview: missed. So Ferreira rescheduled for the morning of September 10 — the same day he needed to be on the beach for his first ISA heat. Miss that and barring some kind of special exemption from the ISA for exceptional circumstances, Italo could kiss his Olympic dreams goodbye. He got his Visa approved in the 8:30 a.m. meeting and rushed off to Tokyo for another flight. Finally, things started going Ferreira’s way. The first heat was delayed by an hour, giving him the slimmest of windows to mabye make his heat.

You know the rest of the story: Italo makes it, Filipe lends him a board, jean shorts glory and all. The guy’s a legend.

 

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(Continuação nos comentários) Se você tiver um minuto, leia o texto abaixo e reflita comigo sobre tudo o que aconteceu nos últimos dias. Você pode transformar essa história em algo positivo pra sua vida. Fui roubado 4 dias atrás, nos Estados Unidos. Na minha mochila, que eles levaram, tinha alguns pertences pessoais e o documento mais importante para uma pessoa que está viajando e nem sabe falar perfeitamente a língua local: o passaporte. Este era eu. Sem saber pra onde ir, sendo que no mesmo dia eu tinha um voo marcado para o Japão 🇯🇵 para competir em um evento mundial essencial na busca por uma vaga nas olimpíadas de 2020, em Tokyo. No dia seguinte ao roubo, tive ajuda de algumas pessoas do Brasil, Estados Unidos e até mesmo do Japão. Tentaram me ajudar com um passaporte novo, um visto japonês e o mais difícil: o visto americano. Todas as informações diziam que o melhor era eu sair dos Estados Unidos para refazer tudo (marcar horário, agendar entrevista, etc) no consulado americano. Então saí dos Estados Unidos no dia 08 de setembro e embarquei para Tokyo, com entrevista marcada para o dia seguinte, 09. Parecia tudo normal, mas MEU VOO ATRASOU POR CAUSA DE UM FURACÃO – inclusive, fiquei 18 horas dentro do avião. Ou seja, eu não teria como chegar a tempo para a entrevista no consulado no Japão. Então remarquei para as 8:30 do dia 10 de setembro, primeiro dia da competição, sem ter certeza de que o visto seria aprovado. Eu estava confiante e feliz, mesmo depois de tudo, só por ter chegado até o Japão. O visto foi aprovado, deixei meu passporte no consulado americano e comecei mais uma missão. Fui correndo para o Aeroporto de Tókio em busca do primeiro voo para a cidade onde eu iria competir. Minha bateria era a 6ª do Round 1, mas o evento atrasou 1 hora e isso me deu uma pequena chance de chegar a “tempo”. Quando pousei no aeroporto, saí correndo: larguei as malas e fui direto para o carro do comitê brasileiro que estava a minha espera. Minha bateria já tinha começado e demoramos 10 minutos do aeroporto até a praia. CONTINUA NOS COMENTÁRIOS!

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