João Lima was born on 20 of July 1988, in Lisbon. He entered TAP in 2012 as a Flight Attendant, after similar job in another airline, three years of studying Communication and Multimedia in “Universidade Lusíada”, in Lisbon, and working as a Monitor and surf coach.
And it was precisely with surf that – as faith apparently predicted – João ended up building a close relationship with, early on.
“I always had a very close relationship with the ocean. My mother did windsurf, my grandfather had a recreational boat and I have always lived close to the ocean and quickly fell in love with it.”
As a child, he started to practice sailing, activity that he dedicates himself to today, even though not professionally. The interest in surf also came very early. He used to buy magazines and scraped pictures of surfers and waves, to glue them into his closet doors. At 11, his grandfather – the one who also loved the ocean – offered him a surfboard and a neoprene suit and that was when it all started.
Joao started surfing “the other way around”, beginning with a shortboard – small board – and changing progressively to the longboard, which he uses exclusively since 2011. This was not a sudden change, he says, because he always had a longboard, which he used on days with small waves and to initiate friends and family over the summers. As the prime influence in this change, he names the current National Longboard Champion, Diogo Gonçalves that “pulled” him to the sport. Today, they are friends and “surf buddies”.
As a Flight Attendant, he seeks to organize his calendar in a way that allows him to attend surf competitions, by changing schedules and flights with colleagues and trying to conciliate days off and vacations.
“Being a Flight Attendant, many times it is difficult to manage time. For me, the trick is to rest well, before and after flights. This way I always manage to have energy to surf.”
Having already participated in National Longboard Circuit competitions, in regional competitions, inter members competitions and events such as Salinas International Longboard Festival, one of the most famous in Europe – and having won, with his team, at the “Centro Recreativo e Cultural da Quinta dos Lombos”, the Taça de Portugal de Surf (the Portuguese surf cup) last year – João Lima prepares himself, now, to participate in the Qualifying European Circuit, organized by World Surfing League (WSL).