About

Willian Cardoso is a 32-year-old fire-breathing rookie. Large, passionate and power-hungry, this Brazilian spirit animal is adored by his peers for his dogged determination. There’s only one stat you need to know to grasp the core of his character: he battled for twelve years in the Qualifying Series arena before finally making the Championship Tour cut. Yes, that’s longer than anyone is history, so it’s pretty obvious why he’s pro surfing’s new poster boy for never giving up on your dreams. His hopes began just north of Florianópolis, Brazil, where he learned to keep his speed in some of the country’s mushier point breaks. Mind you, that’s no easy feat for a man built like a brick house. Most of Cardoso’s tonnage is stuffed into his tree-trunk legs, yet his largesse doesn’t slow him in the least. No matter the condition his ability to transfer high levels of momentum into massive plumes of spray is uncanny. Mind you, Willian can go to the air— and he does— but he definitely prefers the wave face, where his power hacks are unrivaled. He’s proven that on the global stage before, most notably in 2013, in perfect 6-foot surf at Bells Beach, where surfing as an injury wildcard at the Rip Curl Pro he carved Kelly Slater to pieces in Round Three. The confidence one gains during that kind of win doesn’t ever go away, and Willian’s been around long enough to know that his commanding brand of surfing will fit well with the waves found on the elite level.

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  • Men's CT 2018
    #5
  • Heat wins
    10
  • Avg. heat score
    11.61
  • Avg. wave score
    3.58

Competition results

Men's Championship Tour #5
Complete
Jun 08 - 11, 2018
Place
1st
Defeated by
None
Men's Championship Tour #4
Complete
May 27 - Jun 09, 2018
Place
5th
Defeated by
Men's Championship Tour #3
Complete
May 11 - 20, 2018
Place
13th
Defeated by
Men's Championship Tour #2
Complete
Mar 28 - Apr 08, 2018
Place
13th
Defeated by

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Event results

NamePlacePointsPrize money
Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast13th1,665$11,500
Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach13th1,665$11,500
Oi Rio Pro13th1,665$11,500
Corona Bali Protected5th4,745$19,000
Uluwatu CT1st10,000$100,000
Corona Open J-Bay---

Career stats

YearRankPointsEventsHeatsMax heat scoreBest result
2018519,74051815.571st 
2013356,2003816.665th 
2012361,5003611.4025th(x3)
Willian Cardoso
Brazil
Willian Cardoso
Brazil
  • Stance
    Regular
  • First season
    2008 Men's QS
  • Age
    32 Feb 8, 1986
  • Hometown
    Balneario Camboriu, Santa Catarina, Brazil
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