Francisco Alves was born on the 29th of June 1993, in Lisbon. Growing up with the beach at his doorstep his passion for the ocean started at an early age. His first “steps” towards becoming a surfer were at the age of 8 and very soon you could tell that “Xico” was a talented kid standing out as one of the valuable rising kids from Costa de Caparica spot.
He started to get noticed in several regional junior championships, winning the national championship Under 18 years old and 2x national champion on the Pro Junior. In 2013 he finished in the top 5 of the European Championship and during the same year was also top 5 on the National Surfing Championship (Liga Moche).
In addition to his talent as a progressive surfer his go-for-it attitude landed him a 3rd place on the Perfect Chapter in 2013 and a 5th place in 2016. Outside of Portugal he was present at two editions of the Rip Curl Padang Padang, in Indonesia.
Francisco has represented Portugal amongst the best surfers in the world, he has received the wild card on two occasions to compete on the World Championship Tour event that took place in Supertubos, Peniche.
His great sense of humor and smile are contagious and he looks at surfing as “the best job in the world”. He loves to travel, Indonesia being his favourite place, however home is home, he is very proud of Portugal and its top-quality waves.
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