The great adventure for Frederico Morais begins on March 14, when the world surf circuit starts on the Gold Coast. After a historic qualification in December in Hawaii’s demanding waves, the 25-year-old Portuguese will surf in the WCT’s first division. Pointed out as one of the greatest hopes of the season, Kikas, as is known the surfer from Guincho (Cascais), is already in Australia training for his big debut.
The second place in December 2016, at the Vans World Cup, in Oahu Hawaii, guaranteed Frederico Morais direct entry into the Championship Tour, the main division of the World Surf League – where Portugal was represented only by the pioneer Tiago Saca Pires (between 2008 and 2014).
Kikas has in his father, Nuno Morais, a national rugby figure in the 80’s and 90’s and brother of the former coach Tomaz Morais, the great inspiration and the reason behind always believing that he could reach the world top: He did everything for me, all the sacrifices. He gave me a lot of strength before I was coming to Hawaii, “said the Guincho’s athlete (Interview from Diário de Notícias, on 12/6/2016).
In the last few years, Frederico Morais had already shown the world what he was worth, by knocking down stars such as Kelly Slater (2013), Mick Fanning (2015) or Gabriel Medina (2016) at Peniche, in the Portuguese stage of the world circuit. Already in the 2016 season, the surfer from Cascais had two historical performances – both in Hawaiin Pro and in the Vans World Cup – that allowed him to climb from 28th to 3rd place in the Qualifying Series, and ensure his presence in the Championship Tour, in 2017 (to which the top ten are promoted).
With this participation in the WCT, the national surf has found a new reference of world-wide level. Although Kikas refuses the status of leader, he admits to be an “inspiration for the surfers that come” – how, for years, Tiago Pires was to him. The dream of reaching the elite, like Saca, is fulfilled. Now, said Frederico “it’s time to set new dreams”.The first stage of these dreams will begin on March, 14.