Also known by his nickname "Saca", he is a professional surfer from Portugal. He is best known for being the first male Portuguese surfer to qualify for the WSL Elite Tour.
He first began surfing at the young age of 9, where he went on to win the sub-14 national championship in 1994 and again in the sub-16 national championships in 1995. In 1996, when he was 16, he officially joined the national circuit, where he met the legendary surfer José Seabra who later became his coach.
In 1999, he joined the WQS (World Qualifying Series) for the first time. A year later, he got his first WQS win at Vila Nova de Gaia.
He was born and raised in Lisbon, Portugal.