Young Brazilian Miguel Pupo had a superb year in 2010, winning the Quiksilver Pro Junior, the Agua Marinha Pro Junior and the Hurley Pro Junior, and being crowned South America Pro Junior champion. He also took third spot at the ASP Prime event in the Canary Islands. His efforts over the year were rewarded with a place on the World Championship Tour for 2011, and a major sponsorship deal with Hurley. Still aged only 19, Miguel won the ASP PRIME Nike 6.0 Lowers Pro in 2011, beating San Clemente local and former World Tour surfer Tanner Gudauskas by .06. The victory was worth a cool $70,000, but, most importantly, it earned Miguel enough points to stay on the World Tour for another year. He made full use of the opportunity, finishing 17th overall in 2012, and winning the Hang Loose Pro Contest at Fernando de Noronha with some incredible tube-riding. Born on 19th November 1991, Miguel is the son of former professional surfer Wagner Pupo. He hails from the relatively isolated Camburi Beach on Sao Paulo’s North Coast, where he regularly surfs with his father, sister and brother while his mother takes charge of the video camera - it’s this family support system that helped Pupo make a big impact on the world stage. Style-wise, he is an explosive goofyfoot, whose deep arsenal of air variations has been witnessed by spectators at events such as the 2010 US Open of Surfing, in which he finished fifth.
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