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Frederico Morais on Portuguese surfing and his WSL career



Frederico Morais on Portuguese surfing and his WSL career

It’s been a tough year for the surfer Frederico Morais And he is the first to admit it.

The Portuguese has been struggling since a hitherto successful 2021 was hampered by testing positive for Covid-19 ahead of the sport’s debut at the 2020 Tokyo Games, in addition to leaving the team. Championship Tour (CT) World League (WSL in English for World Surf League), the international elite of surfing despite being in the top ten.

Speaking with Ash Tulloch of at the World Games of Surfing in Huntington Beach, California, the 30-year-old spoke about the progress of this season, having been “very difficult” for him after his fifth year in Margaret River, Australia. .

“(In) 2021 I finished in the top ten, it was the best year of my career, and the next year I stopped at the fifth stage,” said Morais.

“It’s really difficult because you count on all the stages, and then right at the fifth of them, in the middle, there is a reduction. Sometimes you don’t perform well at the beginning of the year, and then sort of recover in the second half of the year. years, so there is no room for error.

Frederico Morais on the U-turn

Born in Cascais, Morais has been through this before

“It’s really hard because it’s like you’re living the best years of your life and then it’s all over and you have to do it all over again,” he commented on relegation from the tournament’s top division.

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“I did it twice. The first time I qualified was in 2016. Then in 2019 I requalified again and I hope that now in 2022 I will requalify again.”

However, the reality that he no longer competes in CT and instead is in the second division knocked on his door.

“Being in CT and then CS (abbreviation in English for Series Challengerelite division of the World League), these are literally two completely different schemes in terms of waves, in terms of sponsors, in terms of image and marketing and, of course, in terms of money.

“You really need to adapt, your whole structure, who you rely on, all your expenses. And sometimes it’s not easy at all.”

The Importance of Mental Health

Mental health continues to be a hot topic in sports, and surfing is no exception. “I’ve been working with a sports psychologist since I was 16 or 17,” Morais admitted.

“I think it’s almost like a mentor these days. This is the one with whom I speak openly. I’m not ashamed to say anything, I’m not afraid of anything.

And show? Yes, according to Morais.

“Whether it’s the waves, nervousness before the heats or why I lost, why I didn’t lose. It’s really good. It makes a huge difference in my career.”

New generation of Portuguese surfers

At the World Surfing Games, Morais, with his teammates from the Portuguese team, men and women, is trying to win a place in the Paris 2024 Olympics, which will surf on the waves of Teahupo’o in Tahiti. (Polynesia).French).

As one of the few top surfers in the WSL, Morais hopes the next generation will be ready to step up.

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“There is support. We have many events in Portugal,” he said.

“We have very good waves in Portugal. Obviously our surfing there is very recent compared to Australia, the United States and Brazil. methods.”

But it won’t be a quick process, Morais admitted. “You know, just the little things, it takes time.”

“But we definitely have very good coaches, we have very good youth teams.”

“So I think it’s only a matter of time before you see other young people on QS. Qualifying SeriesWSL lower division) and, you know, also in CT.”

What lies ahead for Frederico Morais?

Morais is eyeing Paris 2024, but the most urgent thing is to try to return to WSL CT.

“I think we do it in our sleep,” he explained. “Every surfer dreams of getting on the track. This is still my dream. And I feel like I have a lot more to give.”

And given Portugal’s emerging talent, Morais wants to play an important role in approaching this new generation.

“I don’t want them to be another Frederico Morais. I want them to have their own career. But if I can help or inspire them in any way, my mission is accomplished.”

World Surfing Games: how Portugal did on the sixth day of the event

All Portuguese surfers hit the waves at Huntington Beach this Thursday for the sixth day of the World Surfing Games, due to end on Saturday, September 24th.

Check the results.

Men: Guilherme Fonseca takes the lead, Morais and Ribeiro are eliminated

among men Guilherme Fonseca the only one still in the tournament, in the main event. In the first run of the fifth round, he finished second with 12.70 points, behind only Japanese Tokyo 2020 silver medalist Kanoa Igarashi, who scored 13.87.

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In the sixth round, Fonseca will face Peruvian Lucca Mesinas and American Coloje Andino.

Frederico Morais and Guilherme Ribeiro did not show the same results in the sixth repechage match. They finished last in their runs and were eliminated from the tournament.

Women: Bonvalo and Hopkins remain in main event

For women, Teresa Bonvalo and Yolanda Hopkins advance to the next round of the main event. The two finished second in their heats in the fourth round.

However, they will face each other in the first heat of the fifth round, along with Peruvian Daniella Rosas and Australian Sally Fitzgibbons.

The text will be updated according to the results of Franziska Veselko in the summary.

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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.



Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

Method Media Bermuda will present the documentary FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda on Thursday, December 29 at the Underwater Research Institute of Bermuda.

A spokesperson said: “Method Media is proud to bring Bermuda Fabric: Portugal History to Bermuda for its 5th and 6th showing at the Bermuda Underwater Observatory. In November and December 2019, Cloth: A Portuguese Story in Bermuda had four sold-out screenings. Now that Bermuda has reopened after the pandemic, it’s time to bring the film back for at least two screenings.

“There are tickets For $ 20 – sessions at 15:30 and 18:00. Both screenings will be followed by a short Q&A session.

Director and producer Milton Raboso says, “FABRIC is a definitive account of the Portuguese community in Bermuda and its 151 years of history, but it also places Bermuda, Acors and Portugal in the world history and the events that have fueled those 151 years.

“It took more than 10 years to implement FABRIC. The film was supported by the Minister of Culture, the Government of the Azores and private donors.

Bermuda Media Method [MMB] Created in 2011 by producer Milton Raposo. MMB has created content for a wide range of clients: Bermuda’s new hospital renovation, reinsurance, travel campaigns, international sports and more. MMB pays special attention to artistic, cultural and historical content.

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.



Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Maestro Filipe Cunha, Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Braga, has been invited to conduct the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, as announced today.

According to a statement sent by O MINHO, “he will be the first Portuguese conductor to conduct this orchestra in its entire history.”

In addition to this orchestra, the maestro will also work with the Lyceo Mozarteum de la Habana Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts will take place on 4 and 12 March 2023 at the National Theater of Cuba in Havana.

In the words of the maestro, quoted in the statement, “these will be very beautiful concerts with difficult but very complex pieces” and therefore he feels “very motivated”.

From the very beginning, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be performed by an Italian pianist (Luigi Borzillo), whom the maestro wants to bring to Portugal later this year. In the same concert, Mendelshon’s First Symphony will be performed.

Then, at the second concert, in the company of the Mexican clarinetist Angel Zedillo, he will perform the Louis Sfora Concerto No. 2. In this concert, the maestro also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

“This is an international recognition of my work. An invitation that I accept with humility and great responsibility. I was surprised to learn that I would be the first Portuguese member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. This is a very great honor,” the maestro said in a statement.

“I take with me the name of the city of Braga and Portugal with all the responsibility that goes with it, and I hope to do a good job there, leaving a good image and putting on great concerts. These will be very special concerts because, in addition to performing pieces that I love, especially Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, I will be directing two wonderful soloists who are also my friends. It will be very beautiful,” concludes Filipe Cunha.

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