Who are the famous Portuguese surfers

Friends of Boa Onda Guesthouse Peniche in today’s post we are going to find out who are the most famous Portuguese surfers in recent history. Having talked about the surfers who took part in the WSL we will now look at the most famous Portuguese born surfers of the moment. We will first focus on Frederico Morais, a surfer who is currently competing in the WSL World Championship, and then you will find the full selection of other Portuguese surfers. Enjoy your reading.


Who are the most famous Portuguese surfers?

Frederico Morais

Frederico Morais Instagram

Frederico Morais is the latest Portuguese surfing star to make a major impact on the international scene. Morais grew up in the wave-rich area of Cascais, near Lisbon. His father had played rugby for Portugal, but it was the waves that called the surfer nicknamed ‘Kikas’. After a stellar junior career, he made his way onto the 2017 Championship Tour thanks to an incredible late-season surge in the Qualifying Series standings in 2016. He entered the final leg in Hawaii ranked No. 46, too low to even be considered a qualifying long-shot.

Morais boasts winning the Vans Triple Crown Rookie of the Year award in 2013. He also managed to earn runner-up finishes at Haleiwa and Sunset Beach, and thanks to those results, he was able to qualify at No. 3 on the QS by earning a spot on the 2017 Championship Tour.

He made a good impact during his rookie season with a 5th place finish at Bells Beach and a 2nd place finish at Jeffreys Bay, which moved him up to 14th place on the Jeep Leaderboard. However, after falling out of CT in 2018, Morais rebounded immediately by winning two QS events at home in Portugal on his way to winning the 2019 QS and requalifying with ease.

In his homeland of Portugal, he is already considered something of an icon for surfing fans. This role has been further cemented by his presence at the latest Tokyo 2020 Olympics thanks to his excellent work at the 2019 ISA World Surfing Games.



Most famous surfers born in Portugal

Below is a list of other notable Portuguese surfers. The selection is not definitive and we invite you to contact us to discuss and improve the post.



  • Manuel Centeno


  • Frederico Morais


  • Tiago Pires (surfer)


  • Vasco Ribeiro


  • Nic von Rupp



We hope that we have provided you with some useful information and that you have found out who the most famous Portuguese surfers are. We look forward to having you as our guests during the Meo Rip Curl Pro 2021 in Peniche. For the occasion, our guesthouse will be offering special offers dedicated to the event. If you have any questions regarding your stay in Portugal, please do not hesitate to write to us through the contact page of our website.

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