The biggest win to date of Brazilian Raoni Monteiro’s career came in 2010 when he became the first South American male in 20 years to win the O’Neill World Cup of Surfing at Sunset Beach. With head-high waves forcing surfers way up the point, he clinched the title with a 7.87 point ride, his best of the final, for a winning total of 14.37 points. The win pushed him back into the World Championship Tour after three seasons away, and he went on to finish 29th overall in 2011 and 28th in 2012. He started the 2013 season well, but a lack of funds forced him out of the sixth round in Tahiti. “I’ve basically run out of money and have to pick and choose what events I can afford to travel to,” he says. “I can’t tell you how unbelievably frustrating that is.” Born on 7th May 1982, Raoni is from Saquarema, Rio de Janeiro. Growing up inside the barrels of Brazil’s most powerful wave Itaúna, he took part in his first surfing competition at the age of seven. As a wildcard at his first professional event in 1999, Raoni beat Mark Occhilupo, and he went on to qualify for the sport’s elite division for the first time in 2004. Raoni is a regular-footer, known for his fluid, powerful and radical style, and his beautiful big turns. In 2011, he scored his first perfect ten on the World Tour, as he finished fifth at the Billabong Pro Tahiti.
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