As a child, his dream was to play for Serie A football team Cagliari. However, destiny and ambition led him to take on the so-called monster waves of the Pacific, made famous by the film industry and surfing greats, as only a teenager. Francisco Porcella is the first Italian to participate in the World Surf League and has won numerous individual awards. In 2017 he won the XXL Biggest Wave Award, the surfing equivalent of an Academy Award, for taking on a wave in Nazaré, Portugal, that was more than 22 metres high, earning himself nominations in three separate categories. Known to the wider public for participating in the Italian version of Dancing with the Stars, he was also picked thanks to his physical shape to be a model for underwear brand Intimissimi.