Isabela Sousa: she is a fan of the Portuguese waves | Photo: Jimenez/APB

Professional bodyboarder Isabela Sousa is moving to Portugal.

The four-time world bodyboarding champion (2010, 2012, 2013, and 2016) from Ceará, Brazil, announced that she plans to live in Carcavelos, near Lisbon, for at least a year.

"Life often makes us change. We change and do not understand until life itself shows us why. I'm happy to be in the place my heart chose to call home. And it's a very cool place," said Sousa.

The Brazilian admitted that the quality of the waves and the friends she has in Portugal made the decision easier. Sousa was one of the first women to defy the big waves of Nazaré on a boogie board.

Isabela Sousa, 27, competes since she was a teenager and, at 14 years of age, she had already been crowned national amateur champion.

In 2011, Sousa won the ISA World Bodyboard Games. She is one of the most successful Brazilian bodyboarders of all time - only Neymara Carvalho has more world titles.

Isabela is not the first top bodyboarder to choose Portugal to live. Two-time world champion Pierre-Louis Costes lives and trains in this southern European country.