PWA Athletes

Ricardo Campello

Ricardo  Campello
Age: 38
Height: 178
Residence: Venezuela
Nationality: Brazilian
Boards: Naish Boards
Sails: Naish Sails


3 time PWA Freestyle world champion, 2003, 2004 & 2005

2022 - 9th Cabo Verde
2019 - 3rd overall Men's Wave
2018 Vice World Champion Wave, 3rd Gran Canaria, 4th Tenerife, 2nd Sylt Wave
2017 8th overall wave, 4th Pozo Gran Canaria World Cup, 9th PWA Tenerife, 9th World Cup Sylt
2016 4th Siam Park Dunkerbeck Extreme Jump Challenge, 9th Tenerife wave
2015 5th overall wave, 7th NoveNove Aloha Classic, 7th KIA Cold Hawaii
2014 ranked 3rd overall PWA Wave, 2nd Gran Canaria PWA WAve, 1st Dunkerbeck Eyewear Tow-in Exhibition Siam Park, 2nd Warsaw PWA Indoor Windsurfing World Cup Men's Jump, 1st La Torche, 6th Starboard Severne Aloha Classic
2013 ranked 5th overall PWA Wave
2012 ranked 4th overall PWA Wave
2011 ranked 2nd overall PWA Wave
2010 ranked 2nd overall PWA Wave
2009 ranked 7th overall PWA Wave
2008 ranked 6th overall PWA Freestyle & 9th Wave
2007 ranked 4th Freestyle
2006 ranked 6th Freestyle, 12th Wave & 6th Super X

Well, I am going to tell you a little bit how I started my career.
I was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and the first sport I was keen on was soccer. Then one of my uncles who was a racing driver pushed me into go-karts. Moreover, my dad almost gave me one as a present. After the accident of the best Formula One driver Ayrton Senna, I was really sad about what had happened and I gave up karting. Later some of my friends started surfing. I had an advantage that I lived right in front of the beach in Rio, so I started doing it too. I was really in a pretty good road until my mother and stepfather had to move to Isla Margarita, Venezuela. That was a big change in my life. I’ve been living here on the island since 1998. The main sport here is windsurfing and everything is connected with it. I made my friends who wanted to do it and we started doing it together. Everyday I loved it more and more. Then I got my first sponsor and I went to a few small contests around the Caribbean winning some of them.

Since I started windsurfing and I saw the guys doing forward loops, flips and moves which I didn't know what they were, I put in my mind only one thing - I wanted to be good at that.

In 2000 or 2001 I got the support from JP and Neil Pryde. At that stage I could say I was at a pretty good level, and together with my mum we decided that I should go to my first PWA contest. I went to Austria, but unfortunately, there was not enough wind to compete. Anyway, during the warm-up sessions people were really impressed of me and I got a lot of coverage, which gave me and my sponsors a lot of confidence. JP invited me to my first photo shooting in my life. I left school and everything behind just to start my career as a professional windsurfer, as I always wanted to be. So, here I am. I made my dream come true, which was to be a world champion. Now, my next goal is to keep this title for many more years!

- PWA Freestyle World Champion
- 1st - PWA World Cup Pozo Freestyle
- 1st - PWA World Finals Bonaire
- 4th- PWA Fuerteventura Super-X
- 5th- PWA Fuerteventura Freestyle

- PWA World Freestyle Vice-Champion
- 4th - PWA Freestyle Finals Bonaire
- 7th - PWA Canada - Freestyle
- 1st - PWA Fuerteventura - Freestyle
- 3rd - PWA Pozo, Gran Canaria - Freestyle
- 1st - Ceara Wind Jericuacuara Brazil

- 1st -Margarita Hi-winds Freestyle
- 1st - Prince of the Lake - Lake Garda, Italy
- 13th - PWA Pozo, Gran Canaria - Freestyle
- 8th - PWA Fuerteventura - Freestyle
- PWA Overall Freestyle - 9

- 1st - Margarita Hi-winds Freestyle
- 1st - Junior Aruba KING OF THE HUTS Freestyle

- 1st - Junior Aruba KING OF THE HUTS Freestyle
- 1st - KING OF EL YAQUE Freestyle


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Ricardo  Campello
Ricardo  Campello
Ricardo  Campello