Isabela Sousa eyes second European bodyboarding title

May 28, 2019 | Bodyboarding
Isabela Sousa: the Brazilian is chasing her second European bodyboarding title| Photo: ETB

For over a decade, ​Isabela Sousa has been pushing women's bodyboarding forward, either by winning world titles or taking the physical side and maneuvers to higher grounds.

At 29 years of age, the Brazilian has four world titles (2010, 2012, 2013 and 2016) and a gold medal for her win at the ISA World Bodyboarding Games (2011).

Last year, she added another one to her trophy room - the European Tour of Bodyboard (ETB) title.

The rider from Ceará was the third Brazilian bodyboarder to conquer the ETB, after Neymara Carvalho and Nicole Calheiros in 2004 and 2012, respectively.

Sousa is currently living in Portugal and represents G.D. Estoril Praia, a sports club that is better known for its football team.

Two is the Magic Number

Last month, she won the Caparica Bodyboard Pro, the first event of the 2019 ETB season. Now, she's open and clear about her expectations.

"I want to win it again. I want to repeat last year's achievement and clinch the European title," expressed Sousa.

Isabela Sousa: her signature smile can be recognized at a distance | Photo: ETB

"I am motivated and excited because there will be an event in the Canary Islands, which didn't get underway last year, and I am thrilled to be able to return to compete in an ETB event."

"The Miss Activo Cup is a super trendy, 100 percent female event with a trophy highly sought after by many athletes, so I'm happy to return to Aveiro, too."

Isabela Sousa is meticulous about her career management goals and is not afraid to speak about it.

"Results are built step by step. I competed in Caparica, I wanted to win, and I did it. Now, I'm going to the next contest, and I'm going to battle heat after heat as well," underlines the Brazilian bodyboarder.

"I may not be able to go to the French stage because it coincides with a period when I will be traveling and producing content for my YouTube channel, 'A Onda Bela.' We will see."

Sousa says that the first stage of the ETB was a success, and hails the waves of Costa de Caparica.

"The waves in Caparica have great potential, although they are known to change a lot depending on the tide. I really like that right next to the pier which makes a small envelope - that's great for bodyboarding," notes Sousa.

"Personally, I like to compete in different conditions, and my profile adapts to that. I competed and won in Caparica twice. It is also an event with equal prize money for men and women, and that's important to highlight."

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