The goofyfooter's surfing addiction started when he was just three. His older brother and sister taught him to stand on a board. In 2005, he was crowned Quiksilver King of the Groms in France. Now, living in Itamambuca Beach south of Sao Paulo, he says that winning that event was a fantastic feeling: I was crying with happiness when I won the title!.
In 2007 Dantas took out the American Billabong Pro Junior in Peru, and the quiet Brazilian, with the engaging smile, seems unstoppable for 2008. Dantas says that the surfers he admires most are Mick Fanning, Andy Irons and Kelly Slater. My aim is to be on the WCT, it's my dream, he says. When there are no waves, I do boxing training and practice jiu jitsu.
Dantas also loves watching surfing movies for motivation. I get ideas and inspiration from them, he says. When it comes to naming his favourite surf breaks, Dantas obviously loves the biggies. I love Pipeline because it's a nice left and Teahupoo, as I like the dangerous wave. Once again, his favourite wave choices indicate his desire to mix it in the most heaviest of surfing's cauldrons.