The pro longboarder from Brazil
After winning the first step of the Longboard World Championship in Papua New Guinea, Chloe remained a long-time leader in the 2017 World Ranking. She finished second in the world. Interview with this smiling Brazilian!
Hi Chloe, can you please introduce yourself?
I am 22 years old and I was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. I grew up close to the ocean thanks to my dad who has been surfing for over 40 years. My parents were always into an active lifestyle so since I was little I was always doing all kind of sports.
Photo Camila Serejo
How did you come to surfing and what are your earliest memories and experiences?
I don’t remember how old I was when I caught my first wave, but I had my first board at the age of 11, and it was a fun board. A year later, I borrowed my dad’s longboard for a surf session and fell in love with it from the very first wave… actually I never gave it back to him!
When did you choose between shortboard and longboard?
My dad was a Longboarder. I fell in love with longboard because of the difficulty: how could a tiny 12 years old girl manage a 9ft board, and use its entire length? (I could surf on the tail and on the nose). Longboard, for me, was always attractive because it somehow reminded me of a dance, and it was a perfect fit for a girl.
What are the surfers (or no-surfers), man or woman, who inspired you?
I get inspiration from many people… Some of the big names in surfing that I looked up when I was growing up: my dad, CJ Nelson, Taylor Jensen, Stephanie Gilmore, Carla Rowland, Kassia Meador, Kelia Moniz, Jen Smith… In other sports I have been inspired by Serena Williams, Gabby Douglas, Ayrton Senna, Pele.
How would you describe yourself?
I am always smiling and laughing.
Are you into any practices other than surf: nutrition, yoga, complementary sports etc?
I have an active lifestyle, besides surfing I am always doing something else. I like to exercice. I run and I work out. I also practice yoga and meditation to strengthen my mind. As an athlete you need to be conscious of every little detail, such as what you eat or how many hours you sleep. I have a very healthy lifestyle due to the sport.
What’s you favorite food?
What is your home spot? What are your favorite waves and places elsewhere in the world?
My homebreak is Macumba Beach, Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. My favorites places in the world are Australia, California, Portugal, Mexico. I love waves that suits the traditional style of longboarding.
Concerning your boards, do you work with a particular shaper?
My shaper is Neco Carbone and my boards come from New Advance Surfboards. We’ve been working together for over a year now and I have never had such incredible support and amazing boards under my feet. Neco is an icon and New Advance is the biggest longboard factory in Brazil, plus they are always ready to hear what I have to say.
What kind of surfboard do you like to surf? (round tail, square tail, classic nose rider, modern longboards…?) Do you adapt your choice according to spots and destinations? Do you have any favorite boards?
My regular board is a model that I created with my shaper, it’s a progressive board on the tail and a traditional longboard on the nose – a mix of both, pin tail and 2+1 fins. It suits me really well on the beach breaks I have at home, but I’ve surfed with it in different waves around the world and it’s still magic! Depending on the wave I am travelling to I add another board on my quiver, and that can be a bigger single fin for mellow waves like California or a semigun for big and hollow waves such as in Papua New Guinea.
What are your best and worth surfing souvenirs?
My best souvenir is the smile and the tan I have when I surfing. The worst migth be the cuts and injuries.
What do you do when you’re not surfing?
I like to relax my mind by doing different things. Keeping up with my Business & Management College that I do by correspondance; attending events for my sponsors; working on my boards and keeping in shape up physically.
Can you tell us a little about your TV show?
I’ve been a TV host at OFF Channel for the past 4 years. It’s a paid TV channel and a reference in Brazil when it comes to sports, active lifestyle and nature. This program helps promote the longboard culture in Brazil and around the world, so we get to interview pro athletes, shapers, legends, groms, photographers… anyone however related to Longboarding. My most memorable program took us on a boat trip around the Pacific Ocean, sailing for two month around the Marshall Islands, Papua New Guinea, Micronesia and Solomon Islands looking for waves yet to be ridden.
What are your personal goals for the future?
My main goal is to be a world champion and to inspire as many people as I can along the way. Keep up with my competitive career for as long as possible, for I know it won’t last forever. When the time comes that I can no longer compete I wish to remain in the surf culture creating opportunities for the young generation.