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Adriano De Souza wins Billabong Rio Pro

Emotions ran high as Adriano De Souza, 24, (BRA) came out triumphant at the Billabong Rio Pro, Brazil, against Taj Burrow, 32, (AUS) in tricky conditions at Burra de Tjucua. De Souza, one of the inform surfers for the whole event, had the crowd on his side at his local home in Brazil, with thousands flocking to the beach to see their local hero surf his way to victory.

After a week of consecutive lay-days, event 3 of 11 in the men’s ASP World Tour 2011 was finally underway, with conditions testing surfer’s abilities at backup location Arpoador during the first and second day, and then home location Burra Tjucua for day three and four.

De Souza was on fire throughout the whole event, only having minor upsets in rounds 1 and 4, luckily for him, they weren’t elimination rounds. He faced some challenging opponents, including Michel Bourez in round 5, who had previously knocked out 10x World Champion Kelly Slater in round 3.

With event organizers looking to wrap the event up quickly, the boys had to be selective of their waves in order to score good results from the judges. Burrow was quick to score, with his first wave of the final landing him a 7.0, but struggled to find anything substantial to back it up. De Souza waited patiently, and used his home break knowledge to score an 8.0 and a 7.63, giving him a total of 15.63 for the final. The crowd was behind De Souza all the way, cheering his every ride, and cheering when Burrow came unstuck. They wanted their golden boy to win.

Jeremy Flores, 23 (FRA) was another in-form surfer throughout the event, who looked fierce in the opening rounds,  taking down anyone in his path, until round 4 where he met Joel Parkinson, 30 (AUS) who was later knocked out in round 5 by Burrow.

Australian Bede Durbidge, 28, also surfed well, and was possibly the dark horse of the event, until he met with De Souza in the semi final. Frustration was evident, as the tricky conditions saw De Souza leave the water triumphant. Durbidge spoke with ASP after his event and said ‘Adriano’s got the whole crowd going for him with a lot of energy and he’s fired up and we just had the worst heat’.

Michel Bourez, 25 (PYF) had a lucky escape in round 5, needing the jetski assist to help him back to shore after coming off a wave the wrong way. Event medical staff played it safe and sent him off to hospital in an ambulance to make sure everything was alright.

However, the light was still on Brazil’s hero Adriano. The $100,000 prize money and 10,000 ASP ranking points bolstered De Souza into the number one position on the leader board, overtaking Parkinson who now sits in second position, and Kelly Slater (USA) in third. De Souza is the first Brazilian in history to be in the number one position on the WCT tour.

The next event takes the men to the J-Bay (formally known as Jefferies Bay), South Africa for the Billabong Pro. Last year Jordy Smith (ZAF) won the event in front of his home crowd. Can he do it again? View all the live action from when the event kicks off on July 14th – 24th.

For highlights from the Billabong Rio Pro and heats on demand, visit; http://www.billabongpro.com

AK

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Major upsets at Billabong Rio Pro take the WCT to a new level.

Day three at the Billabong Rio Pro, Brazil, saw the event moved back to the prime location Barra Da Tijuca. The beach break dished up plenty of left-handed rides, and small tubes for the guys to slot into; just what the ‘goofy-foot mafia’ would like (surfers who ride right foot forward). However, three of the top seed surfers were sent packing after being knocked out in round three of competition.

Bobby Martinez (USA) was responsible for the first and biggest upset, knocking current world number one Kelly Slater (USA) in a close heat, scoring 14.50 over Slater’s 14.10. Opting to stick with the left hand breaks, Martinez utilized his priority (where the surfer has first option for the wave) in order to secure his round four placement. After struggling at past events, drawing top seeded surfers early on, Martinez was in great spirits. Slater on the other hand, remained in the water like a bouey for two hours after his heat finished, which stirred the other surfers in the water.

Just 30 minutes later, Josh Kerr (AUS) was responsible for the second upset of the day, sending current number three Jordy Smith (ZAF) packing. With a standout performance, Kerr unleashed a massive air to secure a round 4 entry, which was quickly backed up with another win in round 5, defeating Adriano De Souza (BRA) and Bede Durbidge (AUS), and advancing him to the Quarterfinals.

The third upset of the day came in the final heat of round three, where Brazilian Raoni Monteiro trumped current world number 6 Mick Fanning (AUS), with a score of 14.48 over Fanning’s 13.37. Fanning was left needing a 7.35 in the final minutes, but couldn’t find the right wave to advance him to round 4.

Round 4 got underway with the winners progressing straight to the Quarterfinals, with 2nd and 3rd surfing again in round 5, in a knockout round. Taj Burrow (AUS), Damien Hobgood (USA) and Daniel Ross (AUS) were first to hit the water, with Burrow coming out triumphant. Jeremy Flores (FRA), Joel Parkinson (AUS) and Bobby Martinez followed, with Parkinson the winner and moving to the Quarterfinals. Josh Kerr (AUS) and Owen Wright (AUS) also secured Quarterfinal spots.

With three of the top current leaders out of finals contention, the challenge for Billabong Rio Pro Champion just got slightly more exciting. Scoring 10,000 points for a victory, and 8000 points for second place, the winners could highly elevate their position on the leader board, just in time before the mid year cut off.

Watch all the action live online at; http://aspwtrio.com.br/brazil11/live-en

AK

Billabong Rio Pro, Brazil – Rounds 1 & 2

After a week of consecutive lay-days, and uninviting conditions, the Billabong Rio Pro finally got underway on day 7 at the backup location Arpoador. Stop 3 of 11 on the men’s ASP World Title season saw round 1 successfully completed in consistently changing conditions that challenged each surfer’s skills.

In the first round of three man heats, winners progressed to round three, and second and third entered round two, the knockout round. Almost missing his heat, Kelly Slater (USA), current leader of the 2011 tour, made up for lost time. Attacking the waves with style, he sent Julian Wilson (AUS) and local wildcard Peterson Crisanto (BRA) into round 2.

Mick Fanning (AUS) was on fire up against Dusty Payne (HAW) and Simao Romao (BRA), securing a solid 15.07 (out of a possible 20). With his trademark cutbacks, and swooping turns, it’s clear why Mick Fanning is a two time World Champion.

Patrick Gudauskus (USA) upset current world number three Jordy Smith (ZAF) and wildcard Igor Morais (BRA) in the lowest scoring heat of the day. With a total heat score of 8.13, Gudauskus became one step closer to his maiden tour victory.

Day 8 of 12 saw round 2 underway, with winners progressing to round three, and losers exiting with an equal 25th and 500 points for the tour leader board. Heat number one opened up with Jordy Smith and Peterson Crisanto going head to head at backup location Arpoador. Local wildcard Crisanto wasn’t good enough for Smith, who scored an 11.67 to Crisanto’s 7.10.

Bede Durbidge (AUS), Michel Bourez (PYF), Joel Parkinson (AUS), and CJ Hopgood (USA) were the top names to progress to round three, sending their opponents packing. Not only are points and prizes on the line, but the importance of gaining solid results before the midyear cutoff are just as good as the massive cardboard cheque.

Round three is on the cards for day 9, however with the ever changing conditions starting round 4 underway is questionable.

All the action can be viewed online at;
http://aspwtrio.com.br/brazil11/live-en/and

AK