Meet Fred. He’s a 22-year-old regularfoot from Cascais, Portugal with eyes that stare at the WCT. You may remember him from his slaying of Slater in Round 2 of the Rip Curl Pro at Peniche or from his final finish at the Vans World Cup of Surfing at Sunset Beach. Fred surfs with the power of a wild horse and he throws the tail high enough to impress even the grumpiest judge. He was declared Triple Crown of Surfing Rookie of the Year and finished 58th on the Prime series in 2013. In this newly released edit, called The Time Is Now, Fred does some globetrotting. Actually, not trotting — stomping. Fred stomps waves like they owe him results. And they kind of do. —Brendan Buckley
SURFING Magazine: How did this edit come about?
Frederico Morais: It’s just a clip I’ve been working on for a little while. The first bit is from Mexico and El Salvador last summer, which was really fun. Then there are a few waves from Morocco from a trip there in the fall. And finally, a few clips from this winter in Portugal, filmed right after I got back from Hawaii.
How was your time in Hawaii?
Wow [laughs]… Man, it was the best trip of my life. I didn’t have high expectations going there — just to have fun and get some waves — but I ended up making the final at Sunset Beach and won Triple Crown Rookie of the Year. It was my first time competing in the Triple Crown and I was so stoked.
Did making the final put you in a pretty good spot to try and qualify next year?
I finished the year in 58th place, so now I’ll be able to get into all of the Primes in 2014. And that was my goal for the year, so I’m really happy with where I’m at. I'll be in a good spot to really put my head down and possibly qualify. That’s the goal now, that's where my focus will be this year.