MATCHU

LOPES
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STRAPLESS

KITESURFING

Matchu was born on October 4, 1993 on the island of Sal, Cabo Verde. He was raised by his father, who was a pioneer of caboverdean wind surfing, and at the tender age of 4 (before learning how to swim), he began body boarding the powerful shore breaks in front of Santa Maria village, and went on to winning multiple junior competitions in the following years.

He advanced to windsurfing at the age of 10, getting support and tips for quite sometime, by none other than windsurfing legend Josh Angulo. Four years later, he discovered kitesurfing and it was love at first sight, which quickly turned into a fascinating bond when he began strapless riding. At the age of 17, Matchu traveled for the first time abroad to Sardinia for a wave competition, along with his best friend and childhood companion, Airton Cozzolino. Despite being the two youngest riders, they managed to reach the top two places. This was the opportunity for Matchu to discover a much larger and intriguing world, one he could never imagine from his small island where he was born and raised.

 

Today, Matchu loves traveling around the world, meeting new people, learning different cultures, trying different cuisines, and most importantly, exploring unknown places and waves, but always maintaining his appreciation and enormous affection for the little piece of land in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean where he grew up.

The last few years has been really rich in personal and professional satisfactions for Matchu. He became an international team rider for North, taking part in multiple international events such as KSP and PKRA, and climbing up year after year in the wave world ranking. But his main goal still upholds, and that is to cultivate his passion/profession, and improving himself with hard work and dedication not only as an athlete, but also as a person.

Matchu is fluent in  six different languages (Cabo Verdean Kriol, Portuguese, Italian , French, English and Spanish), he enjoys good food and he loves discovering local gastronomy wherever he travels. One country, in particular, that is at the top of his list is Peru, not only for its waves and fascinating culture, but also for Machu Picchu, whose name is in his destiny since he was a child.

 

 

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