"This is not only great for Brazil but great for surfing in general," adds Hurley Brazil Brand Manager Valter Vale. "The Pupo family is surfing royalty here and I know that Miguel will add to that legacy."
Pupo, son of former professional surfer Wagner Pupo, hails from the relatively isolated Camburi Beach in Sao Paulo's North Coast. He regularly surfs with his father, sister and brother while his mother films them. It's this family support system that has helped Pupo already make a big impact on the world stage. On top of being the 2010 South America Pro Junior champion, he finished fifth at last summer's US Open of Surfing and stole the show with his deep arsenal of air variations. He also followed that up with a third at the ASP Prime event in the Canary Islands. "Hurley already feels like a second family to me," says Pupo. "I'm looking forward to representing them as I try to qualify this year."
The explosive goofyfoot joins an already stacked roster of Hurley juniors, including Evan Geiselman, Conner Coffin, Mitch Crews and skater Curren Caples. "We all have a lot in common," says Pupo. "We love to surf, love to have fun and love to push each other in the water. I know we'll be pushing each other for years to come."
Pupo's first major event as a Hurley surfer will be later this month — the Hang Loose Pro at Fernando de Noronha in Brazil.
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