An 80-year-old surfer, who rides waves to this day, was honored by the city of Santos, on the south coast of São Paulo, on Surfer’s Day, celebrated on the 21st in the city where she learned to ride waves almost 20 years ago.
The pensioner received a plaque from the hands of the mayor of the city, Rogério Santos, which says: “Recognized tribute from the city of Santos to Maria do Carmo Jesus”.
And she has plenty of reasons to enjoy surfing. Maria do Carmo told in an interview with Só Notícia Boa that it was surfing that helped to reduce the pain of osteoarthritis in the spine that bothered her a lot and today “they are bearable”. (watch video of her surfing below)
“When I enter the water I forget everything”, said the surfer, all happy with the homage.
Started surfing after 60
And anyone who thinks she’s been surfing since she was young is wrong. Maria do Carmo started surfing lessons in 2009, when she was over 60 years old.
Her daughter, Sandra Cristina, says that her mother was always ahead of her time. “He has a young mind, a forward talk and a sweet smile”
“She always liked swimming and her dream was to surf. And she did! It is a source of pride ”, she celebrated.
City Hall tribute
Maria do Carmo was honored on the 21st, Surfer’s Day, established by Municipal Law in 2003.
She gave an interview and everything at the ceremony, where she spoke with the mayor and other authorities.
The sweet smile did not hide the happiness for the conquest and public recognition of the passion she has for surfing.
Have surfed on several beaches
Maria do Carmo has already surfed on several beaches, including Santos, Bertioga and Florianópolis.
A retired saleswoman, she lives in the traditional neighborhood of Mooca, in São Paulo, and goes down the mountain every week to surf on the beaches of Santos.
It was magazine cover
It was in Santos that she got to know the public surf school run by veteran Cisco Aranã, 65 years old. And there, Maria do Carmo began to take her first strokes on the board, in 2009.
Maria remembers that in the beginning her friends doubted that she was really surfing. They thought it was her “talk”.
Until Maria do Carmo Jesus was the cover of Home Angels magazine in 2014! There was no doubt. It was proof so that everyone could see what she is capable of.
“I always liked extreme sports, but I had never had the chance to practice them”, he said at the time, in an interview with Home Angels magazine.
And that’s how we want to reach 80, Maria do Carmo!
Thanks for inspiring us!
Watch the video of our surfer catching a wave:
The tribute that the 80-year-old surfer received from Santos City Hall – Photo: reproduction / Facebook
Maria do Carmo is very happy with the tribute – Photo: reproduction / Facebook
In Santos city hall, retired Maria do Carmo Jesus, an 80-year-old surfer who loves what she does! – Photo: reproduction / Facebook
Maria do Carmo received the honor from the mayor of Santos – Photo: reproduction / Facebook