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31.10.04 - FABIO FABULOSO
HANG LOOSE, WOOHOO FILMS, ARTEZANATO ELETRONICO Presents FABIO FABULOSO
A film directed by Pedro Cezar, Ricardo Bocão and Antonio RicardoFestival do Rio 2004/ The Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival Première Brazil – Competitive Exhibition

Fabio Fabuloso, the movie.
Fabio Gouveia"One of the cleanest lines ever surfed." Robe Page (Pro Surfer)
Fabio Fabuloso has been selected for the official Competitive Documentary Exhibition of this year’s Première Brazil at the Festival do Rio 2004/The Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival, to be held from September 23 to October 7. The film will be screened on October 2nd, at Cine Odeon, and will be attended by the filmmakers and by Fabio Gouveia himself.
Fabio Fabuloso is a tribute to surfer Fabio Gouveia, the most successful Brazilian rider in the international surfing arena. Fabio, a national surfing legend, is also quite charismatic and funny.
The pioneers of Brazilian extreme sports TV shows, Ricardo Bocão and Antônio Ricardo, have joined efforts with poet/screenwriter Pedro Cezar to present sports fans, as well as anyone who likes the ocean and good stories, with Fabinho Gouveia’s personal tale.
The documentary is a colorful and humorous take on the surfer’s journey from João Pessoa, capital of the Northeast Brazilian state of Paraíba, to ultimately winning all top Brazilian surfing titles - beginning with an unprecedented win at the World Amateur championship, in Porto Rico, 1988, and climaxing at the top ranks of the WCT, a feat that’s made all young Brazilians proud.
Shot by specialized cinematographers, Fabio Fabuloso’s surfing scenes show the singularity of Fabio Gouveia’s lines (his tracks on the water), with smooth, stylish maneuvers. The soundtrack, composed exclusively for the film, is a melting pot of contemporary electronic music and typical Brazilian Northeast sounds. The documentary also boosts impressive footage from the early beginnings of Fabinho’s career, intertwined with soundbites from top international surfing personalities.
Brazilian fans have celebrated their National soccer team’s 5-time World Cup title; they floored it with car racer Senna; they were moved by world-famous basketball player Oscar’s retirement; and they’ve recently celebrated their National Volleyball team’s Olympic Gold Medal... Yet, that very same audience has not yet had the chance to be better acquainted with this victorious Brazilian surfer, a key character in a country with approximately 5,000 miles of coastline.
Fabio Fabuloso gives us that chance.
"He’s a special guy." Martin Potter (winner of 17 WCT events)
Synopsis
Fabio Fabuloso, the movie, is a colorful and humorous fable-like take on Fabio Gouveia’s journey from his Northeast Brazilian home state of Paraíba to the top ranks of the sport, and being unanimously considered the greatest Brazilian surfer of all times.In addition to a lot of surfing and footage of the highlights of the athlete’s career, such as his victories at the world championships in Hawaii and France, it also shows his family intimacy, as well as flashes of this Brazilian surfing icon’s charisma and singularity. All this told in a catching fable-like tone, in what could be called "film-cordel."
The Fabulous Guy
"One of the nicest guys I know." Kelly Slater (Six-Time World Champion)
What’s most impressive about Fabio Martins Gouveia’s trajectory is how he beat all the odds. Born on August 26, 1969, in Bananeiras, an inland town approximately 87 miles from João Pessoa, Paraíba’s state capital, Fabinho got his feet wet on Bessa’s Beach waves, which are far from ideal for the sport.
But that lack of waves was compensated by Fabio’s natural talent, and soon Fabulous Fabio would conquer the world, becoming the first non-Anglo-Saxon surfer ever to win all the top international titles, both in the Amateur and Professional categories.
He won the 1988 Amateur World title in Porto Rico, in the Open category, surfing’s equivalent of an Olympic Gold Medal. He was the first Brazilian ever to win Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP)’s events, both in Brazil and abroad; to this date, he’s the only Brazilian who’s ever won a World Tour contest in Hawaii. He was the first Brazilian to be ranked among the World’s Top 16 and to be included in the elite Top 5 group. For more than 15 years now, he’s been sponsored by Hang Loose, as well as Mormaii, Reef, and Bleat Surf Shop.
Fabinho remains active and still inspires a whole new generation of athletes. At 34, he currently resides in Santa Catarina, with his wife, Elka, a fellow surfer who shares a birthdate with him, their three children Ian, Ilana, and Igor, their dogs Mowgli, Cruella, and Chocolate, and a collection of more than 20 surfboards. When’s he’s not globe-trotting, he takes his kids surfing every day, driving his yellow buggy, whose horn neighs.
The Director Pedro Cezar was born in 1966, in the city of Rio de Janeiro. He’s a journalist and a writer, having published two books of poetry. He’s also written the movie Trocando as Bordas, a mix of surfing and poetry.Ricardo Bocão has worked in content creation and production for television for the past 21 years. He made his on-screen debut as a TV host at the cult show Realce, in 1983. Currently, he produces and hosts four shows for the SporTV/ Globosat/Net cable channels. A former pro surfer, he was the first Brazilian ever invited over three consecutive years for the “Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau,” a Hawaiian big-wave event. Most recently, he created and hosted Cala Boca, Bocão. Antonio Ricardo is a surfer, TV host, director and producer of TV shows and documentaries targeted at the young market. At 17, he published Realce magazine, who later spun-off a similarly titled TV show, in 1983, the first extreme sports show in the history of Brazilian television targeted at youngsters. During this time, he’s produced more than 4,000 original TV programs, broadcast by top national and international networks, including the documentary História do Surf do Brasil. Currently, he produces and hosts four TV shows for o SporTV: Extra, WQS, Final Heat, and Rip.
Quotes:
“The movie is a real gem. Actually, it’s a long string of gems.”
Fred D´Orey – Fluir Magazine
“An intriguing and humorous sports documentary.”
Rogério Durst – Veja Rio Magazine