So, has everyone recovered from the almost miraculous come back to the top of Silvana Lima?
Here at Surfagram, we can’t wait for the biopic of her life on the screens! Her story is just amazing.
At 32 (oldest woman on the tour this year), she’s coming back at her best surf, winning the 2017 Swatch Trestles Women’s Pro, on the 15th of September. The last time she won a CT event was 7 years ago, at the Movistar Peru Classic, in 2010! Can you imagine how much effort it required to come back at this level? How inspiring!
In our opinion, it is as incredible as can be the carrier of King Kelly. Her longevity has nothing to be ashamed of in comparison. And she met so many obstacles those last few years!
Her career on the CT began in 2006, where she finished 9th (yes, 11 years ago, almost a century for a professional athlete). Her best results were in 2008 and 2009 when she finished 2nd of the world tour.
Here are the 4 events she won during her career (more to come for sure):
– 2017 Swatch Trestles Women’s Pro (against Keely Andrew)
– 2010 Movistar Peru Classic (against Sally Fitzgibbons)
– 2009 Commonwealth Bank Beachley Classic (against Stephanie Gilmore)
– 2009 Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach (against Stephanie Gilmore)
She was in the top 5 from 2007 to 2011. Then she suffered a really bad knee injury in 2012 and lost her sponsor (Billabong at the time -> Guys, time to bring her back in the team! Crazy storytelling over here!).
In 2013 she had the injury wildcard, but failed to re-qualify. Then she started breeding French bulldogs (again, any director to create a movie about it?) to fund her campaign through the QS in 2014. Since 2015, she’s back in the CT but without great results (but with a few ten-point rides along the way). But 2017 seems to be a good year for her!
What an example of endurance and fighting spirit for all of us. A true hero, the kind of fairy tale we prefer for modern little girls. Silvana, we hope you have other surprises for us. Brazil is with you obviously, but the rest of the world too!