Living in north eastern Brazil in a village called Bairro do Cauipe, Carlos Mario learned how to fly a kite with his uncle when he was 5. Not owning the proper gear, the only way he could kite at that time was by borrowing a quiver to some tourists. Carlos’ talent was only recognized by local people until a company owner from Sao Paulo decided to trust in his future and help him compete into the Brazilian and the World Tours.

Whether it is a natural talent or a skill developed during the hard times he’s been through, Bebê, as his friends know him, has something magical when he steps into his boots. His style and fluidity in the air has convinced the judges and the public, so much that he was crowned Vice World Champion in 2015 and is starting 2016 with a win at his first event. For him, kitesurfing isn’t just a sport and a passion, but also a way of taking care of his family and to make them proud. Manera are glad to welcome such a character into their team.

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