After two years on the Dream Tour, Brazilian Heitor Alves had a spectacular year in 2010 to requalify for the elite division, winning four events and setting records all year long. Among the highlights was his dominant performance at the 6-Star Lusiaves Figueira Pro, where he beat Yadin Nicol in the final after leading the event from start to finish. In 2013, he has appeared in just one event on the World Championship Tour so far, the Volcom Fiji Pro, where, as a last-minute alternate, he notched a near-perfect 9.80 and 8.83 to defeat Matt Wilkinson. Other notable performances in the year included the 6-Star Los Cabos Open of Surfing in Mexico, where he eventually lost in the quarter-finals to Tanner Gudauskas. Born on 3rd April 1982 in Fortaleza, Heitor now lives and trains in Rio. In 2005 he won the ASP 2-star Salinas Pro at Carnero, Ecuador and the 6-star Onbongo Pro Surfing at Florianopolis, Brazil. However, it was his winning performance at the 2007 5-Star PRIME Sri Lankan Airlines Pro at Pasta Point in the Maldives that pushed him up the rankings sufficiently to qualify for the World Championship Tour for the first time. In the right conditions, notably at small wave venues, goofy-footer Heitor can be an unstoppable force. Always remaining calm and relaxed, he is capable of pulling off mindblowing airs, tubes and backhand snaps, such as his 360 rodeo flip at the 2012 Hurley Pro at Lower Trestles.
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