Portuguese surfer Tiago Pires is rejoining Team Quiksilver, where he made his debut as a grommet. At the age of 30, this charismatic celebrity of world surfing and leading figure of Portuguese sport has decided to embark upon an inspiring new phase of a hugely successful career, which has seen him achieve 4 victories, qualify four times for the elite ASP World Tour and produced a string of stunning highlights, such as his epic triumph over Kelly Slater in Bali in 2008. In doing so, he’s rejoining the sponsor who backed him when he took his first steps in the professional arena, and a team that’s always been close to his heart.
His close relationship with ‘surf brothers’ Miky Picon, Jérémy Florès and Aritz Aranburu, all leading members of the Euroforce and Team Quiksilver, is a long-term thing. Tiago and his friends have travelled, trained and ultimately risen to the top together, playing a massive part in the development of European professional surfing.
The first Portuguese surfer to qualify for a place among the world’s elite, Tiago Pires brilliantly made the cut for the new selection on the ASP World Tour, now slimmed down to a field of 34 competitors. And so Saca is all set to continue his career under the colours of Quiksilver, who will be providing him with an ultra-competent dedicated staff and an optimized organization. Everything Portugal’s best ever surfer needs to stay at the top for plenty of time to come. For Miky Picon, Product and Marketing Manager of Quiksilver Europe’s technical division, “joining the team that boasts Kelly Slater, Dane Reynolds and Jérémy Florès will give Tiago extra motivation. His personality and style are a perfect match for the team and he’ll bring huge positive energy. Tiago is really at the top of his game and the best Portuguese surfer of all time… Quiksilver will give him a set-up worthy of the very best (team manager, physio, physical trainer and top-class logistics), to help him stay on top of the world.”