Mo Freitas

Erik Antonson
Erik Antonson
June 29, 2015

Hey there paddlewoo fans.  This is Erik, your host of the PaddleWoo Podcast.  I don’t think I have been as fired up for a show as I am about today’s guest.
One of the reasons I wanted to start this podcast was to have the opportunity to talk to athletes that are changing the way that future generations will see waves through our sport and I believe that when we look back Mo Freitas will be at the top of that list of Athletes.  Pat Rawson, the legendary shaper who was on our first episode, compared Mo to Tom Curren and used the word Icon when describing him.
If you watch his videos, which he produces and edits himself, you understand what I’m talking about.  From gracefully shredding small right point breaks to surfing pipe, Mo surfs incredible.  And that is what this podcast and our idea here is all about.  Surfing.  It’s surfing first, I just believe that Paddle Surfing 80% of the time is the best way to enter the lineup.  The paddle shouldn’t take away from surfing, it should enhance it.  Mo is one of the guys showing the rest of us what is going to be the norm in 5 or ten years.  He is a window in the future, and today on the podcast we get to know where he came from and where he sees the sport going.
And after talking to Mo extensively doing the show, I can tell you that the sport is in good hands.
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Show Notes:
  • 0:33 – Erik’s “Glenn Beck” intro 🙂  (not sure where that came from…)
  • 2:00 – PaddleWoo launches the “Not Afraid to Stand Alone” PaddleWoo Shirt.  Get yours at
  • 2:50 – Mo Freitas gives us a short history of his surfing career, started contests at 7 years old
  • 4:10 – Mo paddled for a canoe team and would paddle on a longboard on the river with his canoe paddle, well before he knew about the sport
  • 5:24 – Mo just won the Payette River Games in Idaho, overall winner with a total prize purse of $50,00
  • 5:55 – Surfers did very well in the event, Mo explains it if because the time in the water in unstable water
  • 7:15 – Mo explains how he got into competition SUP surfing
  • 9:20 – He fell in love with the sport of SUP surfing right away
  • 10:20 – At his first event we was sponsored by Imagine, his first sponsor, Imagine introduce him to Body Glove
  • 11:25 – Imagine and Body Glove split and Mo stayed with Body Glove who then started to work with Focus SUP, that’s how Mo got hooked up with Pat Rawson, Tony Freitas, Mo’s dad, really helped push the board size down.
  • 13:50 – Can volume go any smaller?  How much more room for progression is there?  Board size, Mo is at the limit.  He tried 6.10 x 23, to small.  SUP is at its baby steps of progression according to Mo.
  • 16:30 – How will boards progress?  Mo talks about Dave Boehne’s designs.  Mo says for him basically just blow up your favorite shortboard for conditions and it should work?
  • 18:34 – Mo talks surfing big waves on SUPs.  He thinks it is an advantage, both paddling in and surfing.  He thinks SUP in big waves will grow.
  • 21:18 – What wave does Mo surf the most?  Haleiwa, HI, he talks about the his wipeout when he broke his pelvis
  • 23:30 – Mo talks about editing/producing his own videos, it is a passion of his
  • 24:45 – Mo films majority of his out of water footage, using GH4 Lumix to shoot, and uses Premier Pro from Adobe to edit.
  • 27:00 – Mo’s boards – 7.2 and 7.4 by 23, for choppy surf he uses a 6.10, bigger tail, same volume
  • 28:50 – Mo uses Sawyer paddles, uses 90in blade for surfing and 95in blade for race?  Likes a lot of flex in his paddles (better for your shoulders)
  • 30:10 – Define yourself as an athlete.  He defines himself as an all-around athlete, but mentions surfing first.  Loves the versatility of racing and SUP in general.
  • 31:10 – How does Mo Freitas train for racing?  He trains with Roberto Lopez and Noa Ginella, Mo doesn’t have an offseason.
  • 32:20 – Mo has been doing a lot of swimming lately for rehab on his pelvis
  • 33:30 – How is the vibe for SUP surfers on the North Shore?  Vibe at Pipe is different, won’t get any waves, Mo will be in the waves for 3 hours and will only get 3 waves.  Pipe is easier to surf when it gets bigger
  • 36:45 – Who inspires Mo Freitas?  A lot of the guys that Mo wants to beat, Kai Lenny in particular.  Friends and family.
  • 37:44 – What are Mo’s favorite places and waves?  He just graduated high school and is now traveling the world.  He loves a lot of places but Hawaii is home.
  • 39:20 – Closing thoughts, a message of positivity from Mo Freitas.

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