He surfed his first waves in July 1938, the date on which Brazilian surfing began. It is calculated that nowadays there are approximately 5,000 people practising the sport. The city is also pioneering in having a public surfing school and a surfing subject at the university, and it was the first to work to include people with special needs in surfing: it launched worldwide the first board for the blind and other special needs.
It has countless events and innumerable important surfers on the global and Brazilian surfing scenes. It has a large number of board factories and shops on high streets and in shopping centres, moving a strong surfwear industry.
Picuruta Salazar has been Brazilian champion ten times, world champion twice and has more than 150 titles; Cisco Araña was the first professional surfer in the state of São Paulo to participate in international championships. Undoubtedly, they are two important names in the sport.
Santos has the first Surf Museum in Brazil. Santos has the Quebra-Mar, a special place for championships that has a natural amphitheatre that allows spectators to get close to the surfers. Santos has more than one hundred pioneers who still practice this sport and participate in championships.
In Santos, Gilberto Nogueira grew up and discovered this sport, he is known as El Neguito, the first Brazilian judge on the international scene who, for more than 20 years, has been part of the European Circuits.
Expanding the city's actions in the sports and social environment, promoting international events and cooperation that promote the business, tourism and culture exchange.
Among others innovations, we can highlight the inclusion actions of the Radical School, which offers equipment to access the sea to help people with special needs practice surfing.
We should also highlight the board shape machines, produced and developed by local surfers, which make Santos a hub for exporting ideas.
We can highlight events with large audiences: EcoVías Championship, A Tribuna Collegiate, Santista Surf Circuit, Surf Pioneers Festival.
However, one of the obstacles for the development of the sector is related to the specific accommodation for surfers and agencies that work in this niche market.
We have excellent surf schools, including the Radical School – present for 23 years –, Cisco Arana Surf School, Picuruta Salazar Surf School, Total School, Faculty of Physical Education and Sports/Surfing, among others.
In our city, we have two large genuine surfwear companies: Natural Art and Antiqueda.
They are both important on the Brazilian scene with their fashionable surfwear.
There are countless board factories, including: Rip Wave, Zampol, Overeef, Surfprm/cnc.
Surf shops: Sthill, Antiqueda, Surftrunk, Hot water, Hawai Surf Point, Radix, Surf Store, among others.
Surf Care is expressed in the best possible way in Santos through the free and inclusive initiatives of the Radical School.
Santos has the first blind surfer in the world and first adapted surfboard for the visually impaired, designed and built by Cisco Araña, the first professional surfer who competed outside of the country.
The project Dreaming On the Waves, supported by the city and by Rotary Santos Praia, has already been taken to Spain/Canary Islands, Basque Country/San Sebastián and Mundaka.
Dreaming On the Waves will take its project, this year, to Uruguay and Southern Brazil, where it will act as a seedbed, offering methodology, didactics and boards for the blind.
Among other important projects, we can mention Omelca, for children with intellectual disabilities, Down syndrome, attention deficit; Surf for the Elderly; Surf Cinema; Nighttime Surfing.
Recommended links: http://surfinsantos.com.br/surf-social-mudando-vidas-e-ganhando-premios/
Surfing for beginners– Public Surf School – duration: 12 months to 24 months
Official Representative WSCN/Santos
- Alcídio Michael Ferreira de Mello: Municipal Sports Secretary
- Paula Quagliato: Coordinator of International Affairs