Ian Gouveia ranked number 9 in the recently concluded Men’s Qualifying Series, earning him a secure spot in the rookie class of 2017’s Championship Tour, where he will surf against some of the best World Tour veterans and the rookies who made the cut.
Ian is the son of Fabio Gouveia, the first Brazilian surfer to bring home a surfing world championship (1998 World Amateur Champion). Fabio was also the first Brazilian to win a pro event on Hawaii’s North Shore (World Cup at Sunset Beach, 1991). Fabio, a smooth-carving regular foot, has been a member of the pro tour’s elite for a decade where his highest ranking was at No. 5 on the pro circuit rankings of 1992.
This puts a lot of pressure on the young Gouveia, who is the latest second-generation surfer to reach the elite tier of pro surfing. But his jump to the 2017 Samsung Galaxy Championship Tour is proof that he is ready to carry on his father’s legacy.
The 24-year old, Ian Gouveia is the newest from a string of talented goofy footers who emerged from Brazil. His style quite echoes that of Italo Ferreira and Wiggolly Dantas. Like Ferreira, Ian Gouveia has a bag full of tricks, and is a threat to watch out for.
Gouveia had a slow start this season. He wasn’t in the radar until mid-season. The young Brazilian had his turning point back in September when he pulled a series of three outstanding results in a span of five weeks on the European leg of the Qualifying Series. He secured a 3rd place result at the 10,000 point Billabong Pro Cascais, a 4th place finish at the Pantin Classic Galicia Pro QS 6,000 and an event win at the Azores Airlines Pro QS 6,000.
As he headed into the QS season’s final two events at Haleiwa and Sunset Beach, Gouveia has been comfortably positioned at Number 6 in the QS Top 10 rankings. But he lost in round 3 of the Hawaiian Pro and then finished 17th at the Vans World Cup a week later. His ranking fell, but he somehow survived and ended the QS season ranking at number 9, which was enough to earn his ticket to the 2017 Championship Tour. Gouveia is now officially among the very small percentage of surfers who ever made it to the elite tour.
The Top 10 surfers ranked on the Qualifying Series 2016 (not including surfers qualifying in the Top 22 on the WSL CT rankings) will join the 2017 Championship Tour.