Tiago Pires (surfer)

Last updated
Tiago Pires
Tiago Pires - Surf Summit - 2016 (30537853750) (cropped).jpg
Pires in 2016
Personal information
Born (1980-03-13) March 13, 1980 (age 40)
Lisbon, Portugal
ResidencePortugal
Height5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Surfing career
Years active1989–present
Surfing specifications
Favorite wavesCoxos
Favorite maneuversBarrels

Tiago Pires, also known by his nickname "Saca", is a recently retired professional surfer from Portugal. He was the first male Portuguese surfer to qualify for the WSL Elite Tour.

Pires was born in Lisbon, Portugal in 1980. He started surfing at the age of 9, winning the sub-14 national championship in 1994 and sub-16 in 1995.

In 1996, when he was 16, he joined the national circuit, where he met José Seabra who later became his coach.

In 1997 he beat several European Juniors at Hossegor to challenge the World Junior Title in 1998. There, he competed against Andy Irons, C.J. Hobgood and Taj Burrow, among others.

In 1999 he joined the WQS (World Qualifying Series) for the first time. A year later, he got his first WQS win at Vila Nova de Gaia.

In 2007 he qualified for the WCT, finishing 31st and requalifying through the WQS. Then in 2009 he got a 24th place in the WCT, finishing 21st a year later, his highest position in the ranking.

In 2013, a serious knee injury halted his progression, and his CT run came to an end after the 2014 season. Even though he entered the qualifying tour in 2015, he realized "he didn't have the competitive drive he used to". [1]

In February 2016 he announced his retirement. Months later, "Saca", a documentary film about his career, premiered in Portugal. [2]

References

Tiago Pires
Stance: Regular
Height: 5'6

Weight: 153 lbs

1. http://www.tiagopires.pt/ 2. https://pt-br.facebook.com/tiagosacapires 3. https://www.worldsurfleague.com/athletes/585/tiago-pires 

Related Research Articles

Sofía Mulánovich Peruvian surfer

Sofía Mulánovich Aljovín, 3-time World Surfing Champion, 1 WSL and 2 ISA world championships, is the most relevant Peruvian surfer in the history. She is the first Peruvian surfer ever to win a World Surf League World Championship Tour event. She is the first Latin American ever to win the World Title, which she did in 2004. In 2004, she won three out of the six World Championship Tour events, and finished the season as Absolute World Champion. Sofia is the only one Latin-american surfer to win 2 ISA World Championships. Sofia won the ISA Championships, 2004 in Salinas-Ecuador and 2019 in Miyazaki-Japan. Her main sponsor is Roxy.

Patrick Shane Dorian, or "Shane", is an American surfer from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. He spent 11 years touring on the World Championship Tour as a professional surfer. Dorian quit competition surfing in 2003 to focus on big waves. He is currently a big wave surfer and one of the best in the world at big wave riding.

Keala Kennelly is a professional surfer, DJ, and actress from Kauai, Hawaii. After spending a decade ranked in the top 10 on the ASP World Championship Tour (WCT), Kennelly took a break from the tour in 2007 to explore her passions for acting and music, including a recurring role as a surfer in the 2007 series John from Cincinnati. She continues to DJ and compete as a big wave surfer.

Russell Winter is a British professional surfer and avid coasteerer. The highlight of his career so far has been gaining a place on the ASP World Championship Tour.

Mick Fanning Australian surfer

Michael Eugene Fanning, nicknamed "White Lightning" is a former Australian professional surfer. Fanning won the 2007, 2009 and 2013 ASP World Tour. In 2015 he survived a shark attack with what is suspected to be a great white shark during the J-Bay Open finals in Jeffreys Bay, South Africa.

Claire Bevilacqua is a professional surfer from Perth, Australia. She joined the World Championship Tour in 2004. She has won many competitions including the 2009 Pipeline Pro Hawaii.

Jordan Michael "Jordy" Smith is a South African professional surfer, competing on the World Championship Tour (WCT). In 2007 Smith won surfing's World Qualifying Series, the second-tier tour which leads to qualification for the WCT.

Peter Mel, is an American professional surfer. Mel began his surfing life in Capitola, California before moving on to Santa Cruz. He is known as a 'big wave' surfer and son of John Mel, a four time surfing National Champion.

Carissa Moore American surfer

Carissa Kainani Moore is an American professional surfer and the 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2019 WSL Women's World Tour Champion.

Sally Fitzgibbons Australian surfer

Sally Fitzgibbons is an Australian professional surfer on the Association of Surfing Professionals World Tour (2009–2013). In June 2019, she was ranked No. 1 in women's surfing after winning the 2019 Rio Pro.

Coco Ho American surfer

Coco Malia Camille Hapaikekoa Ho is a professional Hawaiian surfer born in Honolulu, Hawaii. She began surfing at 7 years old, following in the footsteps of her family.

Gabriel Medina Brazilian surfer

Gabriel Medina Pinto Ferreira is a Brazilian professional surfer, also the 2014 and 2018 WSL World Champion. Medina joined the world's elite of the World Surf League Tour in 2011, and in his rookie year he finished within the top 12 of the ASP World Tour at the age of 17. In March 2014 he won the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast. Media sources credit him as being the second person to have executed a maneuver called the "Backflip". Medina also became the first person ever to land this move in competition.

Malia Manuel American surfer

Malia Manuel is a current female professional surfer from Kauai, Hawaii. She won Rookie of the Year in 2012 and was ranked 5th on the 2014 ASP World Tour. In 2008, at the age of 14 she became the youngest surfer ever to win the U.S. Open of Surfing.

Aritz Aranburu Spanish professional surfer

Aritz Aranburu Aspiazu is a Spanish professional surfer. In 2008, he was ranked among the ASP Top 45 after having won the 2007 ASP European Title. In 2007 he was named "Best Basque Sportsman".

Filipe Toledo Brazilian surfer

Filipe Toledo is a Brazilian professional surfer who has competed on the World Surf League Men's World Tour since 2013. In 2014, after also competing in some events on the Qualifying Series (WQS), Toledo became the WQS champion. In 2015, Toledo had the best year of his professional career on the WSL World Championship Tour, managing to grab his first 3 WCT event wins, getting at least one perfect 10 in each final he competed in. Toledo was also the surfer with most WCT event wins of the year. He went on to finish the 2015 season in 4th place.

Ítalo Ferreira Brazilian surfer

Ítalo Ferreira is a Brazilian professional surfer who competes on the World Surfing League Men's World Tour since 2015, after his 7th-place finish on the 2014 WSL World Qualifying Series season. Ferreira won 2019 World Surf League. Ferreira won the "Rookie of The Year" award after his finish in 7th place on the 2015 WSL World Championship Tour, surpassing fellow 2015 rookies Wiggolly Dantas (15th), Keanu Asing (20th), Ricardo Christie (31st), and Matt Banting (33rd).

Johanne Defay French professional surfer

Johanne Defay is a French professional surfer. She was born in Le Puy-en-Velay, Auvergne, France. She began surfing at the age of 8 off the beaches of Reunion Island, which is her home today. After Johanne's first competition when she was only ten years old, she quickly moved through the European amateur ranks to eventually take on the WSL World Qualifying Series. In 2008 she almost gave up competing. Finding it difficult to step up from the juniors to the WQS and then when the economy crashed sending surf companies pulling sponsorships, Johanne found herself without sponsors and without decent results. With her parents’ encouragement Johanne was able to qualify for the WCT within two years.

Sean Holmes was a professional surfer from South Africa, competing in the World Surf League (WSL). In 2000 Holmes won Red Bull's Big Wave Africa,. He won the event for a massive wave caught in the dying seconds of the final that he rode through to the channel and got tubed on.

Tatiana Weston-Webb Brazilian surfer

Tatiana Weston-Webb is a Brazilian/American surfer from Kauai, Hawaii. She was the only rookie on the WCT in 2015. Weston-Webb wears jersey number 9 and her 2016 'CT rank is number 4.

2017 World Surf League

The 2017 World Surf League Championship Tour (CT) is a professional competitive surfing league run by the World Surf League. Men and women compete in separate tours with events taking place from late February to mid-December, at various surfing locations around the world.

References