Surfer in denim shorts defies passport theft and hurricane to win on borrowed board squib
Italo Ferreira needed to compete to be eligible for Tokyo 2020
Arrived just in time and won heat wearing denim shorts
Robbed of his passport in the USA, delayed by a hurricane as he entered Japan, Italo Ferreira’s Olympic dream looked to have been wiped out by a series of unfortunate events as he attempted to get to the the ISA World Games in Miyazaki. But having wrestled his way through red tape and raced to the beach – where he arrived nine minutes before the expiry time for his scheduled slot – Ferreira grabbed a borrowed boar and won his heat wearing denim shots.
When I landed at the airport, I ran: I dropped my bags and went straight to the car