Adriano De Souza

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.”

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ADRIANO BREAKS THE BELL

ADRIANO BREAKS THE BELL

by Ryan

Adriano De Souza has won the 2013 Rip Curl Pro in clean three-to-five foot surf over WCT rookie Nat Young.  The win at Bells Beach marks the Brazilian’s fourth world tour victory and puts him in 4th place in the race for the 2013 ASP World Championship.

Adriano was in fine form throughout the competition. He elected to ride his rounded pin DX1, which provided more hold in the pocket of the waves at Rincon and allowed for bigger arcing turns across the face of the waves in the Bowl. With powerful and precise turns Adriano took down Kolohe Andino in round 3, smashed Raoni Monterio and CJ Hobgood in round 4, snuck by fellow team rider Mick Fanning in the quarters, beat Jordy Smith in the semis before ending the rookie Nat Young’s hot streak in the finals.

Adriano is the first Brazilian to claim the men’s title in the iconic event’s 52-year history. “This is the most important event on tour to me,” De Souza said. “Guys like Andy Irons, Kelly Slater, and my hero Mick Fanning, they all have rung the bell. I have been coming here for a lot of years. I love the place.”

Bells was also an exciting event for test pilot and surfing phenom Leo Fioravanti. Leo was crowned the 2013 RipCurl International GromSearch Champion and rode his Project 15 to victory. “It was super fun. I got a high score, and I won it, I’m stoked,” Fioravanti said. “The best in the world have won it. If I keep working hard hopefully I can make it onto the tour.”

“What a great event for Adriano and Leo. Leo is such a good kid and I have been making him boards for years so it was good to see him win the GromSearch. And to see Adriano win after getting knocked out of round 2 at Snapper was amazing. He was so excited he broke the bell! It was a great event for the boys and that marks the sixth bell for DHD team riders, I am pumped for Adriano and with Brazil up next he could do some serious damage,”—DH.

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Adriano and Alejo ‘What I’m Riding’ Santa Cruz Edition

Adriano and Alejo ‘What I’m Riding’ Santa Cruz Edition

by Ryan

Adriano and Alejo have their hands full today in round 5 of the O’Neill Cold Water Classic. First up in heat number 1 team rider Alejo Muniz faces fellow Brazilian Gabriel Medina. Medina is coming off a controversial loss at the RipCurl Portugal and would like nothing more than to redeem himself in Santa Cruz. This heat will showcase the progressive up and coming talent Brazil has to offer. It will come down to who chooses the right waves, picks the best line, and more than likely pulls of the biggest airs. Alejo will be riding the MF Ducks Nuts, an extremely responsive board with single to double concave, which creates smooth rail-to-rail transitions. Its flatter front entry creates heaps of drive and is a great board for high performance waves like Steamer Lane.

In heat number four Adriano De Souza takes on the always dangerous Kelly Slater, who is campaigning for his 12th ASP World Title. However, Adriano has had a solid year with a win at J-Bay, a second place finish at the Quiksilver Pro, a 3rd place finish at Trestles, and another 3rd place finish in Portugal. Adriano will be riding the DX1, the same model he won J-Bay on. The DX1 is a fast, responsive, user-friendly board that can handle a variety of conditions from 6 foot J-Bay to 2 foot beach breaks. Adriano knows what it takes to beat Slater, having beaten him in the Portugal Final last year.

Both Alejo and Adriano have the ability and equipment under their feet to win their heats and move deeper in to the competition. These heats are going to showcase progressive surfing at it’s best and will be very exciting to watch. Stay tuned to dhdsurf.com for more team updates.

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5 Days 5 Championships 5th World Title

5 Days 5 Championships 5th World Title

by DHD Surf

 

It’s been a great week for the DHD Team and test pilots. 5 seems to be the lucky number around here because in 5 days we’ve had 5 victories.  With three wins at the SkullCandy Oz Grom Comp, Adriano surfing his way to victory at the coveted Billabong Pro J-Bay, and of course Steph’s win in France which cemented her 5th world title. There is definitely some good vibes going around the factory this week as all the boys are proud their hard work is paying off for the athletes.

“#5Steph just has a ring to it, and its amazing because not only has Steph won her 5th ASP World Title, but I’ve also had some incredible wins on DHD boards in the past 5 days” DH said. “It all started last Wednesday at the SkullCandy Oz Grom Comp when Leonardo Fiorvanta of Italy won the boys U16 title, Ethan Ewing of Stradbroke won the boys U14 title, and Isabella Nichols of the Sunshine Coast took home the girls U14 title. The SkullCandy Oz Grom Comp has become the pinnacle of surfing for the younger generation here in Australia.”

“Then you have Adriano winning J-Bay in perfect waves. You couldn’t ask for better conditions for J-Bay, and not only to see Adriano win but also to witness Nathan Hedge’s comeback. It was great to see him get a 10 and a 9.5, he was surfing those boards with so much passion.”

“And of course seeing Steph win her fifth World Title in France was phenomenal. Not only to see her win the title but the competition as well. Just coming into the factory the boys here at DHD were stoked about the week’s results. Its good to see that all the hard work we are doing here at the factory is paying off.”

“What I’m Riding” Adriano De Souza

“What I’m Riding” Adriano De Souza

by DHD Surf

Adriano De Souza
Height: 5’6 (167cm)
Weight: 137LBS (65kg)

Darren Handley and Adriano De Souza have been working together for a number of years and have had some excellent results from the hard work. It was a great start to the year with a 2nd place at the Snapper Rocks Quiksilver Pro. Adriano was riding his 5’10 x 18 1/8 x 2 1/8 DX1 with FCS and K3 fins for a lot of the event. “Adriano and I have been making small refinements. He has been loving all his DX1′s because they work in all types of waves from beachbreaks to points for high performance surfing,” DH said. The DX1 is part of the evolution of DH’s D-series of boards. All team riders on the D1 have made the switch.

DH and Adriano have solidified his quiver for the first part of the year and are excited with what is under his feet. “Working closely with a Brazilian team rider has been a great experience” said DH. “He has so much power in his surfing and his determination keeps him so driven. I have really enjoyed working together as he comes from such a different surfing background. Designing boards for international surfers for global waves really expands the scope of your shaping and this experience just rubs off on your shaping across the board” DH.

Adriano is really loving the DX1, DHX and Puzzle Piece, working with DH across a number of variations of these models.

The DX1 is the staple performance model for Adriano and his go to board when there is good surf. DH and Adriano are working through a few variations and sizes of this model and is most likely going to be Adriano’s weapon of choice for Bells. The DX1 is an update to my main performance model the D1, a board that has stood the test of time. All of my team have ridden this board, and they keep coming back to it as their number 1 short board. The DX1 has already been ridden to several contest wins this year.

When the surf is really pumping and Adriano is looking for speed, drive, hold and top to bottom performance the DHX is the model Adriano chooses. DH and Adriano have put together a number of variations refined for specific conditions, locations and surf sizes and are working closely on these developments. The DHX is DH’s R&D model, basically if you see anyone riding a DHX you know they are riding a prototype. This process allows DH and his team to work through new design concepts and keep a track of what is working and what isn’t.

When the surf is poor Adriano finds the performance he needs in the Puzzle Piece. Although the Puzzle Piece is generally an all round performance model, Adriano’s power and low centre of gravity combined with his lifetime of experience in Brazilian waves allow Adriano to really perform well on the Puzzle Piece in these conditions. This model allows DH to hide some extra foam for paddling and initial speed and lift without hindering the performance of the board.

 

Snapper & Roxy Pro Highlights 2012

Snapper & Roxy Pro Highlights 2012

by DHD Surf

The 2012 Quiksilver and Roxy Pro at Snapper, hasn’t seen all time conditions, but there have been some fun waves here and there. All the DHD team picked up their fresh batch of boards for the event and were pumped to get out there. Here at DHD fingers are crossed for a Steph Gilmore and Sally Fitzgibbons final in the Roxy Pro. Jordy Smith and Adriano De Souza are still representing the DHD team in the men’s, both getting ready for a big quarter final. Check out some of the snaps from Snapper thanks to the DHD team.


Back in 1st place


Congratulations Steph Gilmore


Watch out for Mick at Bells


Big carve from the big man Jordy Smith


Steph warming up for her semi


Steph, Jake and DH


Sally Fitz on fire


Jordy Smith breaking free


Garrette all grins with his spot in the main event


Steph takes a break at the top


Jordy Smith looking on


Awesome effort from Garrette Parkes smashing the trials and earning himself a gig in the main event. Expect big things from this fella.


Jordy Smith looking powerful for 2012 on his DHD


Adriano pre-heat pump up


Steph Gilmore looking hard to beat on her DHD


Alejo Muniz looking ready to go hard this year


Sally Fitzgibbons is hungry for her first world title


Kierren Perrow in good form following his 2011 Pipe Masters victory

DH and Steph Gilmore comparing notes