As you’ve no doubt heard by now, Brazilian surfer Ricardo dos Santos was shot three times on Monday morning near his home in Brazil, and on Tuesday morning passed away.
Ricardo first came to the attention of the wider surfing world in 2011, when he won the Von Zipper Trials at Teahupoo, thereby booking himself a place in the Billabong Pro. He posted a solid score of 14.47 in his Round 1 heat of the contest proper, missing out by under a point to Jordy Smith. It was a warning sign of things to come, and he returned in Round 2 to cause a major upset, taking down Taj Burrow in sizeable Teahupoo waves. He was unlucky not to advance to Round 4, losing to Kelly Slater in his Round 3 heat by 17.60 to 15.84, but that was not the end of his Teahupoo love-affair.
Wins Teahupoo Trials, 2011
Wins Andy Irons Award, Teahupoo, 2012
Wave Of The Winter, Hawaii, 2012-2013
Tow Session, Teahupoo, 2013
XXL Wipeout Of The Year Entry, Puerto Escondido, 2015