Silvana Lima : photo Billabong
After an amazing season, the Brazilian surfer Silvana Lima finished at the second place of the Dream Tour. Freaksurf Magazine decided to catch up with her to get the story on this girl, some kind of female Dane Reynolds who rides like she was free surfing, boosting airs an critical manovers no matter the final result. Here is the Silvana Lima style…
Freaksurf Magazine : Bem-vindo ao Freaksurf Magazine ! Can you introduce yourself, where were you born, when, where do you live…?
Silvana Lima : My name is Silvana Lima, I was born in the city of Paracuru, Ceara, Brazil, on October 29 th, 1984. I actually live in Rio de Janeiro Brazil.
FSM : Why did you choose surfing ?
SL : I feel that would be my life since I learnt surfing when I was a child.
Is it hard to become a female pro surfer in Brazil ? You become pro surfer very late?
Here in Brazil I don’t have the amount of support and sponsors as elsewhere. In the beginning it was very hard, I already had 18.
But thankfully the Billabong company believed in me
How did you met with your main sponsor Billabong ?
It was through my businessmen, moreover Billabong had already heard about me. Then they arranged a meeting and decided that I would be with the brand. I love them.
No doubt, you are the most progressive female surfers in the world ! You are impressive in Barrels and what about the freaky airs you boost ! Where does come from all this talent?
When I was a child I loved and used to watch men surfing . I like their moves and the radicality. I have always tried to imitate them and was going well … until I tried to boost an aerial and it worked.
Tell me about your love story with aerial ?
The sensation of hitting an aerial is like gathering my energies, I feel like a bird, only those who perform those manovers can understand the freedom of flying.
Claire Bevo told me she had to change the way she surfs in order to correspond to judges criteria, and that is very interesting. It seems that you don’t care and boost airs everywhere?
I don’t mind, we have to show what we do the best, and the note is up to them. I cannot stop being me because I would not be natural, this is the Silvana Lima style.