Marcio Freire Wiki – Marcio Freire Bio
Marcio Freire a well-known surfer recently passed away at the age of 47 after suffering an accident while surfing, reported the Municipality of Nazare.
Witnesses rushed to save him and lifeguards and firefighters also tried to revive him. However, he did not respond and was pronounced dead on the spot. His remains were transferred to the Institute of Legal Medicine of Leiria. The Municipality of Nazare also expressed its regret for the fact and stated:
The Municipality of Nazare presents its deepest condolences to the entire grieving family as well as to the entire surfing community and leaves a public thanks to all those who did everything possible to avoid this outcome.
Marcio Freire died at the age of 47 years old.
Marcio Freire was a champion surfer in Bahia, north of Rio de Janeiro. In 1998, he moved to Hawaii and was 23 years old at the time.
He stayed in Hawaii until 2020 and returned to his hometown when he began to miss the culture. Although he was a surfer, he also worked as a gardener, scuba instructor, and tour guide on boat excursions.
Marcio participated in various competitions and although he was an expert in surfing, he did not sign a contract with any collaborating brand. He spent most of his time on the island of Maui in the 1990s and surfed the dangerous wave of Jaws. Despite the inherent dangers of the place, he always went alone without being accompanied by anyone.
Death & Tributes
Photographer Fred Pompermayer paid tribute to Freire on Facebook by posting some photos. He mentioned that Freire was a great man and a good friend.
The post said:
“He was such a happy spirit, always with a smile on his face. He was one of three ‘Mad Dogs’ who started paddling Jaws in the early days. He will be greatly missed forever. He rests in peace, my friend.”
Marcio enjoyed surfing with his best friends Danilo Couto and Yuri Soledad. In 2016, a documentary based on his life was released, entitled Mad Dogs, which explored the reasons why Freire, Couto, and Soledad preferred to face the Sharks. Freire’s followers eventually began calling him “Mad Dog” because he never had safety around him. He said in the documentary:
We had no security. It was pure courage guided by the desire to ride down a huge wave. The risks were many without adequate security. If an accident happened, it would be the end of the trip. Nothing forced us to do what we did. It was all for us, for our personal satisfaction.”