Runner Up in Rio and Current World No.1

Runner Up in Rio and Current World No.1

by Ryan

It’s been a great start to the season for current world number one Adriano De Souza. After an early exit at the Quiksilver Pro, Adriano has fine-tuned his surfing and it has never looked better. Fresh off a historic victory at Bells Beach, Adriano was a force throughout the 2013 Billabong Rio Pro.  De Souza (the 2011 Billabong Rio Pro winner) went on a rampage to advance to his second career Billabong Rio Pro final defeating 11-time World Champion Kelly Slater (USA) in the quarter finals and fellow countrymen Gabriel Medina (BRA) in a nail biting semi-final heat.

Adriano’s win at Bells Beach combined with his 2nd place finish at the Billabong Rio Pro launches the Brazilian to the number 1 position in the current ASP Rankings ahead of Jordy Smith, Mick Fanning, and Kelly Slater.

Mick Fanning was unable to defeat Jordy in their semi-final heat but has been surfing consistently throughout the opening events of the 2013 season and hoping to carry this momentum from Brazil to Fiji, the next stop on the ASP World Championship Tour.

“Adriano has been surfing amazing ever since the Quiky Pro. With his victory at Bells and now finishing second in Brazil I can only imagine how happy he is. We recently made the move to shorten his boards from 5’10 to 5’8 for beach breaks and I think you can see it in his surfing, especially some of the airs he was pulling off. It just goes to show you how versatile the DX1 is, you can surf it at 6 foot bells or in 3 foot beach breaks. Adriano is headed back to the Gold Coast and I am excited to make him some more boards.”

AG.

  • Ryan Hipwood: Inspire
    News

    Ryan Hipwood: Inspire

    Ryan Hipwood has released a stunning new clip from the last 12 months, documenting the high and lows of chasing waves around the globe

  • Billabong Pipe Masters
    News

    Billabong Pipe Masters

    Check out the full quiver size break downs and photos highlights of Pre-Pipe Masters so far.

  • Eli Olson
    NewsTeam

    Eli Olson

    A glimpse into Eli Olson lifestyle as he challenges himself taking on Hawaii’s giant barrels and a intense martial arts activity

  • Luke Gordon ‘WINDOWS’
    News

    Luke Gordon ‘WINDOWS’

    Luke Gordon on a classic coming-of-age boat trip in Indonesia, scoring some of the best waves on offer.

  • France Wrap Up
    News

    France Wrap Up

    The best of France & Mick Fanning on a tear at the Quiksilver Pro

  • Highlights Quiksilver Pro France
    News

    Highlights Quiksilver Pro France

    Perfect conditions to start off the competition at Hossegor’s world class beach breaks with Nat Young, Matt Wilkinson and Ethan Ewing each taking out their Round One heats.

  • Filf, Starring Jacob Willcox
    NewsTeam

    Filf, Starring Jacob Willcox

    Jacob Willcox 'Filf' brings to mind just that kind of verb: a smash of heavy barrels and full backhand roters, set in the dynamic battlegrounds dotted through WA

  • Trestles Highlights
    News

    Trestles Highlights

    The Southern California pointbreak provides the perfect stage to progress in this year's World Title races between Matt Wilkinson & Stephanie Gilmore.