NEW YORK — Growing up in Rio de Janeiro for Rodrigo Calazans meant playing some sort of group sport with a ball. Football and beach soccer were but two games that were part and parcel of being young and Brazilian. It was not until much later in Rodrigo’s life that he discovered the joy of surfing. For Rodrigo confronting the waves on his own without the benefit or hindrance of team mates was something of a revelation, healing even. “[Surfing] helps you to stay in that moment with yourself,” says Rodrigo, who speaks of surfing as a veritable sanctuary from the frenetic pace of modern life. Rodrigo is not alone in this passion of his. Surfing is on the rise in Brazil, which as recently as 2014 culminated in a Brazilian claiming the premier world surfing title, the first time any South American had done so in a sport historically dominated by Australians, Americans, and South Africans. Not that Rodrigo is going to launch a surfing career any time soon, he is quite focused on modeling full time, he does cross reference his business travel with his surfing interest. Padding out his schedule on the front and back of work with surfing is not out of the question, especially when it involves jobs in Australia and other hot destinations across the globe. Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and remote locations off the southern coast of Africa remain high on Rodrigo’s surfing wish list, which knowing Rodrigo it will only be a matter of time until he catches those elusive waves.

Credits include: Title, “Next Questions — Rodrigo Calazans”; Interview and video, Damien Neva at Next Management; Model, Rodrigo Calazans.