LEMOORE, Calif. — Italo Ferreira grew up without much in a small town with nothing to do.

His life began to change course when he discovered surfing — improvising with a cooler lid from his father, who sold fish in their native Baía Formosa in northeast Brazil.

And now, the 27-year-old surfing aerial master is on his way to the Tokyo Olympics as a world champion to watch.

“I started surfing with a Styrofoam cover from a box that my dad used to freeze fish,” Ferreira said in Portuguese. “I took it to surf because it was the only thing

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