Beachfront palace with infinity pool, Mad Max-style four-wheeler, dreamy righthand point. Come see Italo in natural habitat…
Jamie O’Brien is an insanely popular thirty-six-year-old vlogger from Ehukai in Hawaii; Italo Ferreira, twenty-five, is the rags-to-riches Brazilian who beat Kelly Slater and Gabriel Medina at eight-foot Pipe to win the world title two months ago.
In this episode of his weekly YouTube series, Jamie, who coached Italo at Pipe, jumps on eight flights over thirty-plus hours to visit Italo at his beachfront palazzo in Baia Formosa, a fishing town in north-east Brazil, population eight thousand; a joint where the only paved roads are the ones that lead into the village.
It is something that we still know so little about the sport’s reigning king, whom we last saw dressed like an Orthodox Jew and meeting Formula 1 hero Lewis Hamilton.
And this video, which takes you through Italo’s house with the infinity pool, into his Mad Max-style four-wheeler, out the suicide garage door and to the dreamy point where he grew up surfing on a drink cooler lid, peels the curtain back just a little.
Part two next week.