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Adriano Wins at Bells

Adriano de Souza takes down rookie Nat Young in the final

| posted on April 01, 2013

Adriano de Souza, your 2013 Rip Curl Pro Champ. Photo: ASP

BELLS BEACH, Victoria/AUS (Tuesday, April 2, 2013) – Adriano de Souza (BRA), 25, has claimed the 2013 Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach presented by Ford over ASP Dream Tour rookie Nat Young (USA), 21, in clean three-to-five foot (1 – 1.5 metre) waves at Bells Beach today.

Event No. 2 of 10 on the 2013 ASP World Championship Tour (WCT), the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach culminated in dramatic fashion today with the young Brazilian claiming the first South American men’s title in the event’s storied 52-year history.

“This is the most important event on tour to me,” De Souza said. “Guys like Andy Irons, Kelly Slater, my hero Mick Fanning, they have all rung the Bell. I have been coming here a lot of years. I love the place. It has been a tough time for me recently. I started 2013 without a sponsor for the first time in many years. I had to believe in myself that a company would believe in me and one did. I have to say thanks to Pena for believing in me. I have a lot of people to thank, but all I want to do right now is ring the bell.”

De Souza’s win today vaults the young South American ASP WCT No. 4 heading into the third event on tour in Brazil.

“Next stop is at home in Brazil,” De Souza said. “I feel comfortable at home, but there is also pressure to perform. I am going to enjoy this win, recharge for the next one and hopefully I can keep it going.”

Young, the rookie goofy-footer from California’s Santa Cruz, posted a career-best result today, wowing spectators and competitors alike with his run to the Finals.

“It was a huge event for me,” Young said. “Just to be in the field is a dream for me. I’ve looked up to the surfers in this event my whole life. The event has such a history behind it and I was honestly just excited to be here. Making the Final, I don’t even have words for it. Of course I wanted to win it. I want to ring the bell as much as anyone else on tour. Don’t get to it this year, but a Runner-Up finish is a big result for me and I’ll take that into the next one.”

Young’s Runner-Up finish today pushes him to No. 5, tied with reigning ASP World Champion Joel Parkinson (AUS), 31, on the ASP WCT rankings.

Taj Burrow (AUS), 34, perennial ASP World Title threat, continued his blistering Bells Beach run this morning against compatriot Kai Otton (AUS), 33, in the Quarterfinals before coming up short to Young in their Semifinal bout.

“It’s a hard one to take but you can’t give anyone an inch on tour these days,” Burrow said. “Nat (Young) has been surfing so well. He’s a rookie, but he’s really polished and really dangerous. I’ll take a 3rd though and refocus for Brazil.”

Jordy Smith (ZAF), 25, was one of the form surfers at Bells Beach throughout the event window, consistently notching up high-scoring rides. The powerful South African’s run was ended, however, in the Semifinals at the hands of De Souza.

“Definitely disappointed that the score didn’t come in for me at the end,” De Souza said. “I really wanted to ring that Bell and felt like I’ve been surfing well all week. Congrats to Adriano (de Souza) though. He’s been ripping. Everyone’s been ripping and there have been some interesting results. Makes the year interesting. I’ll take the momentum into Brazil.”

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1 – Adriano de Souza (BRA) 16.26
2 – Nat Young (USA) 15.83

SF 1: Nat Young (USA) 15.10 def. Taj Burrow (AUS) 13.43
SF 2: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 18.44 def. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 18.40

QF 1: Taj Burrow (AUS) 15.50 def. Kai Otton (AUS) 14.50
QF 2: Nat Young (USA) 17.27 def. Willian Cardoso (BRA) 14.83
QF 3: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 14.33 def. Mick Fanning (AUS) 13.76
QF 4: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 16.77 def. Filipe Toledo (BRA) 13.20

CURRENT ASP WCT TOP 5 (Following Completion of Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach):
1. Kelly Slater (USA) 11,750 pts
2. Mick Fanning (AUS) 11,700 pts
2. Taj Burrow (AUS) 11,700 pts
4. Adriano de Souza (BRA) 10,500 pts
5. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 9,750 pts
6. Nat Young (USA) 9,750 pts

  • Bruce Sancho

    How come every time a brazillian wins a contest they use their countries flag for a towel? Is brazil that great? I know the surf isn’t because their country men are all over the world. Maybe he’ll buy some new towels with the prize money. Good to see youngster Nate young making the final he may be the first success story out of Santa Cruz.

  • Pat

    The Nat vs. Adriano final is confirmation that style is now irrelevant. Don’t get me wrong: both guys rip, and both guys have power, commitment, and impeccable turn-placement. But they have two of the worst stances on tour. Just hideous to watch. Odd leg extensions and choppy flow and stiff arms. It’s like they’re trolling the audience. Oh, you like to watch surfing? How bout now? Nope.

  • Jimmy

    Congrats to Nate,but I totally agree with Pat.The style of Adriano,Nate and most Brazzos is painful to the eye,considering they are best in the world ??
    To me personally watching someone like Jordy doing proper top to bottom ,rail to rail surfing with huge rooster tails is a pleasure to the eye. Transitions are so smooth and effortless that he makes it look easy. Could this be the issue with some of the judges?
    The biggest joke of all is what the tour has amounted to. Events in Brazil,WTF. There would be a different surfer hierarchy if there were more waves of consequence and perfection. Bring back G land and Jbay ,to name a a couple.
    What happened to Rip Curl setting the bar with its thinking out of the box and “Searching” for perfection. Rip Curl infused energy and interest with Mexico and Chilli and then died a slow death.

  • David

    without a sponsor? red bull is not a sponsor then even though its plastered all over his boards and hats? who was his major sponsor before pena?

  • Rob

    Oh no, not the midget… Could easily been Alejo or Raoni, but not Eidriano… sad day for stylish surfing

  • dgcova

    even thoug I dont think Adriano’s style is on the list of the best styles ever, we have to recognize his effort, commitment, his passion and principally his power.
    He deserved the win, and all of last for the jealous is criticize him…..
    Another thing, If surf stylish wins competitions by itself, Machado ‘d be 11 times world champion, not Kelly.

  • Mario

    To Bruce Sancho…

    Your comment was just one of the most unhappy, rude and ignorant things I have ever seen. Gets me tired to think where to start putting some arguments here.

    But, what can I say?

    Every country is great in the hearts of their people. The fact we like to wave our flag shouldn’t bother you. We are just happy!

    Americans love to wave their flag all over the world, you should know it!

  • Kaik Schneeberger

    Bruce Sancho? Are you crazy?
    Brazil is the fifth largest economy in the world and you’re talking about buying towels?
    Go read a little and inform yourself better…
    Good waves…

  • rafael

    Icant understand how a guy $4 in the world does not have a mayor sponsor,whats going on in the surfing industry.
    north shore Dominican Republic.

  • Jimmy the Saint

    I don’t like the way Adriano surfs, and don’t like what I have seen of how he conducts himself in general, but it was stated on the webcast that he is the first pro to arrive in Torquay to get ready for the comp. Same was true in the Goldy. Begrudgingly have to give him credit for that alone. Looks like hard work is paying off for him. What is the story with the other “pros”? What other sport would you have athletes allow their competitors to get a competitive edge on them like that? Maybe Surfer could do an article on him, “Why we should all love Adriano De Souza” – yeah right!

  • niccolo

    if you think adriano’s style sucks now then clearly you haven’t been watching him for very long. the fact that he looks alright, and dare i say damn good at times, nowadays speaks a lot to the work he does with dhd. they found a way to keep that light / speedy / flicky feel in his boards but smoothed him out with what i assume is more of a continuous rocker and it seems to help him slow down and draw out his turns more.
    i guess what i’m trying to say is.. if you think those forehand wraps that solidified his 8/9+ scores were terrible then there’s no hope for you. you’re just a racist and i feel bad for you.

  • Lucas

    If surfing were all about style, we wouldn’t have a 11x world champion called Kelly Slater. there are many other factors… like commitment, power, wave reading, wave selection and critical maneuvers on each part of the wave. and Adriano sure did that at Bells, where he always puts great performances! i wouldn’t say he was the best surfer of the event, but he had the best heat against Jordy, who definetly was the best in general…. that’s competitive surf… like Kelly did many times. Great competitor!

  • Jimmy the Saint

    Niccolo – Just because somebody thinks De Souza’s surfing isn’t easy on the eye doesn’t make them a racist. You seem to have reservations about his style in general yourself. “the fact that he looks alright, and dare i say damn good at times”. There is some racist undercurrent to some of the comments on the web today however, but anyone who puts up racist crap on the internet is just a coward who is best ignored or pitied!

  • Luciano

    Adriano has improved his style A LOT.

    Before, it was awful to watch him surf and all he had was his fierce determination. Really, it was just painful to watch him surf.

    Now, he really upped his game, and he made some nice, flowing, fluid, easy-on-the-eye turns on this contest. Some of the turns he did were nearly great. Taylor Knox himself noted on the webcast that Adriano has improved his game a lot. He said that when he came on tour “he didn’t have those turns” and that is just truth.

    Adriano is not Tom Curren, and he will never be, but he is closing a huge gap on his surfing, he is visibly improving his game, and he outsurfed everyone on thsi contest except Jordy, and that heat could have gone either way, and it is just fitting that it went Adriano’s way, and not Jordy’s, because Jordy’s seem to be a little spoiled and lazy to my eyes — the exact opposite of Adriano.

  • Vitao

    I agree with some about ADS´s style but not about all brazilian style of surfing.I like when I read some criticizes but not when I note that when a brazillian win it bothers. It seems like surfing belongs to americans and aussies. We can´t take our flag to podium, we can´t win a close heat, we can´t complain to loose a close one. Our surfers defeated Slater, Parko and Fanning, with really good scores and ripping. Filipe showed a fantastic surfing in heavy waves and innovating. I heard the crowd shouting a lot after his waves. Just let them surf. Just it.
    About the WCT Brazil. The last two events were ok. I Know this wave is not a dream but you have to look with a different view, you have to be the best in good conditions and bad conditions. In Brazil the championship is diferent. It is challenging. If ypu don´t like you don´t need to see. Simple.

  • Luciano

    The big question about Adriano’s strategy of arriving sooner to contests is not why he is making that, but HOW COME the other pros are NOT making that.
    Just think about now. You have 30 days — a FULL MONTH — of doing NOTHING except maybe a promotional stuff here and there for your sponsors. So WHY IN THE EARTH, if you are a pro, would you NOT come to Rio de Janeiro — an absolute dream city in many more ways than I can describe — and spend like 3 weeks there, surfing the spots, enjoying the city, the surfing and life in general? If I was a pro I would be actually packing my bags right now.
    The same goes for nearly ALL the spots on the tour! Wouldn’t you like to spend like three weeeks in Fiji before the contest, three more weeks in France before the contest, three more weeks in California before the contest and so on? Wow that looks like a dream life to me!

  • Pat O`brazzo

    Can’t emphasize enough how much ADS deserves this win. It seems like some people can’t just let it go and be happy for his paid off hard-work. The guy rips and who are ya’ll to judge?
    Learn to appreciate good competitive surfing for what it is or spend your time watching Dane free surf.

  • Dan

    Nat was a dick to me at the lane. Tried to run me over on a mushy middle peak left. I still rooted for him over adriano though.

  • David Nelson

    Who’s Adriano de Souza?

  • JCCK

    Adriano surfed really well and constantly.
    Showed how to surf in Bells Beach and how to ring the bell properly…
    I bet all Australian WILL NEVER FORGET how to ring the bell as man.
    So for all of you never forget this year … 2013 .. Congratulations Mineiro ! chupa OZ…
    # brazilianstorm …

  • Bruno

    Adriano deserves it. He never gives up. And is always focused. Excelent competitor, bring a more emotional approach for the competition. Misunderstood sometimes. He should have a better support from a big surf company. Unfortunatly, it seems that sponsoring him is not a good business. Congratulations Adriano, for everything you are doing for the surf world tour.

  • YD

    @Bruce Sancho, so you also hang around Surfer site spreading your brazilian hate as well? Sanchito, I told already, your girl left you for a brazilian cause your are a kook. Just take it as a man and get on with your sorry life, young hater.
    Cheers from your brazilian fan

  • Bruce Sancho

    @yd. I’ve sanchoed more women then you’ve jerked off too including a herum if brazillian broads, they love me too. If your butt hurt on my comments go cry to dr phill.

  • Yd

    @ Sancho Panza. Don’t worry, Sanchito, my butt is fine, but thanks for the tip. But you really should go back to Stabmag, you fit there just fine: young hater with no brain. Btw, the brazilian trannies you “sanchoed” are missing you.

  • B Sancho

    @yd your material is a bit subpar for stabmag. It figures you’d start talking about trannies in brazil. Is that who Nico gets his growth hormones from?

  • bizarro

    Brasil!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! chupa gringalhada e se vier cheio de marra pro rio de janeiro vai morrer

  • Arjones

    @Sancho, the hater: You are lame. You are a disgrace for whatever country you came from. It’s just sad that this is a virtual environment. I would just love to see if you could dare to do this comments in front of any Brazilian. Anyways, the blatant truth is this: you can’t see beyond your nose, man. You don’t know what ‘is Brazil in global scenery; you probably can’t speak, or write, or read any other idiom beside english; you just have that old imperialist behavior/point of view that gave to americans and the rest of the world fine specimen like your G.W. Bush. Shame on you. You are a very lucky fella. Because we can’t find you. But “what goes around, comes around”, and you will find a nice brazilian ass just to shit on your face.

  • B Sancho

    Arejones I have brazillian friends I talk shit to them all the time they laugh there ass’s off. You fags can’t go anywhere with out a Pak of 12. Every surf trip I’ve been on same thing. It’s no wonder no one outside of rio gives a rats ass about brazillian pro surfing. I’m American were use to people throwing heat at us.

  • Gerik

    Your final quote in the article appears mistakenly attributed to De Souza. It seems like it is intended to be Smith, talking about De Souza.

  • Max

    Brazil are charging to win events more than ever with Madina and Adriano pushing hard. In Bells Quarters there were 3 Brazilians, 3 Aussies, Jordy & Nat. In Round 3 both Kelly and Parko were taken out by Brazilians and even Medina was taken out by another Brazilian. Wherever Brazil surfing came from its important to see these stats are all time for Brazil and they will be challenging everyone over the next 5 plus years..

  • T-BirD

    @ B Sancho… I could n’t agree with you more about travelling and running into brazos. There are usually 5-9 of them and they will just come over and try to take a peak over. I was in Nica last year surfing this reef break with 2 European guys who I had never met and we were just trading waves and relaxing. A boat of 6 brazos pulled up and jumped out. They immediately tried to take over the peak, fighting you for ever wave like it was a CT final event. Some of them could barely even surf and yet they dropped in on you and scrapping for everything. I got out of the water sat on the beach for 2 hours and waited for them to leave. Maybe I am just having bad luck but every time I have run into traveling brazos it turns into some type of pseudo competition. They need to learn about the aloha spirit.

  • rafael

    David,he does not has Sponsors as Cloth company,wetsuit Company,Watch Company,Fins Company,Boardbag Company.


    Well, thank’s for your explanation. It gave me the precise answer: it’s just prejudice. You did some trips, had bad experiences and think you figured out an entire population and culture… Lame.

    There is several brazilians, like me, who travel alone or know how to behave out there in the line ups. People with poor education and bad attitudes don’t have nationalities. They are just it: bad people. You can find all kind of flags in this arena. Don’t you ever thought about everybody in this world thinking all americans are rednecks? I mean, this could be a bad joke to me, as I know fine american guys AND pricks, like the ones who post those shits around the web.

    Anyways, your comments about our flag and shit are just a case of one of those people who can’t see anything but their own bellybutton… And it’s sad. And knowing my people, I doubt you could “talk shit to them all the time they laugh there ass’s off” (in this sentence you could use the word “their”, as possessive adjective – more here: . For less than that, I’ve seen some americans and aussies taking a good ass whoop. But yes, your post is what it is: you must call people “fags”. So, you are genuine hater; hating brazilians, homosexuals, and so on. Sad. Shame on you.

  • Chris Raider

    Arjoines, Please calm down! This is not msnbc. T-Bird is right Most Brazillians travel in large packs all paddle out at the same time and are agressive in the line up.. Indo, central america, Hawaii, and Mex.

  • Pablo

    @Arjones, don’t waste your time with this guy. He is a third class american citizen who likes to talk shit on the net about brazilians. He washes dishes for a living and is frustrated as shit.

  • Steve Wimer

    Adriano has got one of the smoothest roundhouse cutbacks I’ve ever seen. Parko is the only other current surfer that cuts the butter like that.