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.
World Tour Oakley surfers Julian Wilson, Jordy Smith, Adam Melling, Adriano de Souzo, and Jadson Andre all descended on the annual team BBQ. Kicking off the competition season on the Gold Coast of Australia in Coolingatta.
The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) PRIME 6.0 Lowers Pro kicked off Round 1 and the first three heats of Round 2 today in increasing three-to-five foot surf at the iconic cobblestone pointbreak of Lower Trestles. Opening main-event action saw Oakley’s current ASP Dream Tour No. 8 Adriano de Souza of Brazil eliminate fellow ASP World Title competitor and defending 6.0 Lowers Pro Champion Fred Patacchia in the Round of 96.