Watch: João Mendonça // First Light
Text by Pedro Miranda:
After a knee injury and three long months out of water recovering, João Mendonça (a.k.a. Johnny) got the call from Nic Von Rupp: 6 AM, first light at Coxos.
It's Johnny’s first session after injury, Coxos is pumping, as good as it gets, and in the water is Frederico Morais, Kanoa Igarashi, Italo Ferreira, all the locals and of course Niic.
All a bit intimidating for a 14 year old grom? Not for this one! Johnny stole the show, got the bombs of the day and absolutely killed it, while he literally almost killed Nic - see 01:55. That morning light was dazzling as he was coming out of the barrel, not his fault!
João Mendonça is currently one of the most promising Portuguese groms of his generation. A local from Arrifana in the South of Portugal, he won the 2018 Parko Groms sub-14 in Australia, placed third in the 2016 Volcom Global TCT in California, and is in the limelight every time it’s pumping across our coast since he got back from recovery.
“First Light” is a short clip with some of the best sessions of the last few months all around Portugal, produced and edited by Hugo Almeida.
PS: Nic was not injured and he still calls Johnny occasionally.