The Alaya Competition – Rafting Team Brazil/Youth – is from Brotas (São Paulo), Brazil’s capital of adventure and nature. They are Angelo Eduardo Degrandi (21 years old and team captain), Gabriel Pessa (20), Fernando Antônio Mourassutti (20), João Luiz Rodrigues júnior (20), Jorge Luis de Souza Nave (21), Jonatan de Brito (23) and Leandro Cavalcante (21).
All of them agree that what they value the most in rafting is teamwork, because “you aren’t going anywhere alone in this sport”. They also highlight the spirit of excellence that it brings them. João “Jaum” Rodrigues says “I started rafting because a friend of mine called me to practice it as a hobby. Since then I took it more and more seriously, and what started almost as a joke ended up becoming professional. I love rafting, and even more I love each member of the team, I consider them as if they were my family and this is priceless for me”.
In 2007 they began as a competitive rafting team in Alaya, and a few years later they won their firsts titles, including the World Rafting Championship 2011 in Costa Rica. “This is the most valued award for us… although the best prize is always the next!”.
These guys are facing challenges with dedication and hard work, overcoming the mistakes in the best way possible. “Losing a race is a disappointment but it is also a lesson” – and they add – “giving up is easy, but what makes you improve is to keep on”. Therefore, they try to be as positive as possible in the hardest moments. They think that everything will be all right in the end, and if it’s not all right then it’s not yet the end.
To people who want to be involved in rafting, they recommend them to be excellent professionals to get a good background. “Don’t dream your life, live your dreams” is their life motto. Now the team looks forward to the next challenge: The World Rafting Championship 2015 in Indonesia and the Olympic Games 2016 in their homeland.
So we are delighted to introduce you the Alaya Competition Rafting Team from Brazil, our Badtoro of the month: Rafting World Champions 2011 in Costa Rica and world runners-up at New Zealand 2014 in U23 category. Badtoro wish them many successes together as a team!
A Badtoro is never afraid of challenges. A Badtoro doesn’t always reach all of his or her goals, but a Badtoro never gives up, and always keeps on trying. A Badtoro is not afraid of trying to reach the goals that many others find impossible. To become the Badtoro of the month, you need to show extraordinary courage, respect and sincerity, especially when facing challenges.