The Oakley surf team came out of the gates hot during the openings days of the Quiksilver/Roxy Pro – the first of 11 stops on the 2012 ASP World Championship Tour.
The place is called Supertubos. A fully proper name for a place where Oakley Star Surf Team Ripper Adriano de Souza would find glory in five-to-seven foot barrels en route to victory at the Rip Curl Pro Portugal in Peniche. The Brazilian took out Kelly Slater before a packed beach at one of the premiere beach breaks on the Planet. Coming out the gates on fire in the Final – pitted against the legendary Slater – Adriano threw down for an impressive 9-point ride, getting shacked in a long, deep barrel.
Brazil is On Fire: Surf Team Ripper Adriano de Souza Triumphs at Home Billabong Pro Rio, Grabs ASP World Title Lead
Brazil is probably on fire right about now. If the coming World Cup (soccer) – set to hit the vibrant nation – isn’t enough reason to party, surely Adriano de Souza’s huge victory at the Billabong Rio Pro today will get things rockin’ quick. Oakley’s Brazilian Surf Team Ripper smashed his way to a home turf victory – topping Taj Burrow in two-to-four foot waves at Barra da Tijuca. The triumph rockets him to the top of the ASP World Title points standings. With Round 5 action going into full effect, Adriano’s 15.63 point total toppled Burrow’s 12.17 after a super close, intense final – complete with a raucous, partisan Brazilian home crowd behind de Souza.