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Jadson Andre Bests Slater at Billabong Pro Brazil

| posted on April 29, 2010
Local boy Jadson Andre took the win over Kelly Slater today in Brazil

Local boy Jadson Andre took the win over Kelly Slater today in Brazil / Photo: Kirstin

By Shea Lopez

With Jadson Andre’s victory over Kelly Slater today, the Dream Tour lived up to its name for the first time in 2010, and no, I’m not talking about the 3-foot waves on offer today. I’m talking about the Other Dream. For the last few years nobody on tour has put more energy into getting themselves onto the winner’s podium than Jadson. The self-satisfaction and pride he must be feeling right now will see him living in a dream for much longer than the hangover he will experience tomorrow.

As I watched the crowd react to Jadson’s victory, I was reminded why the ASP is responsible for millions of dreams all over the world. To see one surfer bear the fruits of his labor will undoubtedly spark the aspiration of other surfers from every nook and cranny on earth—all wanting a slice of that very same dream.

As big of a story as Jadson’s victory is, Kelly still remains the main focus on tour. With a 2nd in Brazil to follow his win at Bells—both in average conditions—he’s proved that he’s still more than capable of keeping up with every new kid on the block, even while suffering through a broken foot. Currently holding down the number-one seed in the ratings going into J-Bay and Teahupoo (two events he’ll be favored to win), the question now stands: Will anybody be able to overtake him? Kelly’s shown that he’s willing to surf through pain, he’s tasted the blood of a new crop of hopefuls, and now he knows that his 10th title is well within reach.

There you have it. Brazil proved dreams do come true and Kelly Slater is as close to supernatural as any athlete. As far as the rest of the top 45 are concerned…well I’m gonna look at everyone’s performance’s in these first three events and make a list of who’s going to the top and who’s looking like a flop.

BILLABONG SANTA CATARINA PRO FINAL RESULTS:

1 – Jadson Andre (BRA) 14.40
2 – Kelly Slater (USA) 14.00

BILLABONG SANTA CATARINA PRO SEMIFINAL RESULTS:
SF 1: Jadson Andre (BRA) 17.70 def. Dane Reynolds (USA) 16.67
SF 2: Kelly Slater (USA) 13.50 def. Owen Wright (AUS) 10.56

BILLABONG SANTA CATARINA PRO QUARTERFINAL RESULTS:
QF 1: Jadson Andre (BRA) 15.50 def. Michel Bourez (PYF) 15.27
QF 2: Dane Reynolds (USA) 14.27 def. C.J. Hobgood (USA) 13.17
QF 3: Owen Wright (AUS) 13.34 def. Taylor Knox (USA) 12.43
QF 4: Kelly Slater (USA) 15.43 def. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 13.87

BILLABONG SANTA CATARINA PRO REMAINING ROUND 4 RESULTS:
Heat 5: Taylor Knox (USA) 15.93 def. Mick Fanning (AUS) 14.83
Heat 6: Owen Wright (AUS) 13.60 def. Jeremy Flores (FRA) 8.90
Heat 7: Kelly Slater (USA) 13.27 def. Chris Davidson (AUS) 12.00
Heat 8: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 13.00 def. Roy Powers (HAW) 8.50

CURRENT ASP WORLD TOUR TOP 5 (After Brazil):
1 – Kelly Slater (USA) 21750 pts
2 – Jordy Smith (ZAF) 18500 pts
3 – Taj Burrow (AUS) 18250 pts
4 – Mick Fanning (AUS) 15500 pts
4 – Jadson Andre (BRA) 15500 pts

  • Kris

    Good for the rookie! As Slats said, let’s see how he does at chopes or pipe.

  • Pete

    After looking at the videos, I feel that Kelly had more speed and style in his turns. I am surprised he lost. Jadson would have no chance against him in real waves.

  • Greg

    more Kelly as a sore loser. Grumpy in his old age.

  • G.

    Why you guys just admit that Jadson won? I’ve never seen a sport so racist like surf!!!!!!

  • Craig

    Jadson won fair and square but lets not go down the racial path PLEASE.

  • BoneDaddy

    I think the new judging criteria really made this contest something to remember! If Kelly Slater, Dane Reynolds, and Joel Parkinson do not get on board and learn how to surf to it, guys like Jadson will be mopping the floors with them. If Kelly had taken a clue from Jadson and surfed like him, consistently launching the same air reverse, followed by a series of checked turns and bogged rails, and then launching that (same) air reverse again at the end of the wave, he would have won. Welcome to the air reverse tour.

    P.S. What happened to variety of maneuvers, styles, or using that rail thing on the side of the surfboard??

  • whamo

    I hope they get some waves at Lower’s. Rookies winning contests in 3 foot surf isn’t the dream tour; it’s the nightmare.

  • Bruce

    Kelly does a little alley oop and 360 – should have got at least 8 WTF

  • Claudio

    I think that what should be writen here is that there is a new block coming to the surf scene despite the surf conditions. The standarts for surfing has definitely change as many other sports have already changed. It clear that the surf scene now is divided in two: creativity and line. Two very different ways to look for the sport from now on. The world has not just Pipe and Fiji but many others spots that needs to be considered. Live up the future.

  • Kris

    Racism huh??? G, I hate racism, but I don’t see it here. Jadson won and that’s cool. I think people are just saying he’s not proven in surf of consequence. I mean really he rips for sure, but he’s no Slater, not yet anyway. When he dominates in all conditions consistently then we’ll see….

  • cliffs

    Slater surfed so much more smooth and fluid. Lame judging.

  • Bob

    Here’s the deal: The only place Jadson was overscored (relative to other waves in the heat) was on his right. His backside “bottom turns” (more like “yanking it off a flat bottom trim”), and the resultant off-the-tops, were ugly and ineffectual, compared to Kelly’s powerful, fluid, and just-as-flashy backside surfing. But Jadson’s frontside surfing is damn good, and he won the heat fair and square.

  • Bob

    Oh, and Shea seems like the first person qualified to do this in a long while. Ian Cairns: Not qualified to judge modern high performance surfing. Lewis Samuels: Stylish tuberider, but not qualified to judge high performance surfing. Chas Smith: Not qualified to judge his mother.

  • Pete

    Well put Ciliffs

  • ez

    Parko needs to show some teeth in these crap wave events or he will never win a title. It’s obvious now that there is a difference between the most fluid surfer and the competitive beast. You have to surf slop in order to win a title. Like the NBA says defense wins championships. Kelly’s ability to get solid results in any event keeps him in the game.

  • http://aspworldyour.com airreverserour

    i love the air reverse tour “call out”:! im tottaly estatic for jadson , good work brotha. but seriously man those things are awesome but so played out(air reverses). his bottom turns also, kinda looked like mine, which doesnt say shit….happy kelly didn’t win another cause that was getting boring but jadson work on selection and variety of manuvers.

    PS 2 airs on one wave is hot though

  • Gilbert

    who better to say something about surfing that the owns top 45… and they talked that jadson´s backhands is really radical e very fast, rifling the lip at 12 o’clock position with perfectly executed snaps! So BOB, you haven´t seen the last event of WT, in Bells beach, surfing of backside jadson scored waves over 8 point.
    And guys, no compare jadson with slater… he just won a event and kelly 42 events… everyone knows that´s really difficult to hapens it again.. so, just let´s jadson enjoy his moment, he deserved that victory so far… the king Slater sait it .

  • Jo

    Dudes Kelly did answer by being varied with different rotaions and airs and such. I have a feeling Jadson will also be good in hollow surf. His backside was also finally revealed later in the contest and he is sharp as hell.

  • Diogo

    What you guys think about the post-final interview with Kelly?

    “In these conditions it was always going to be tough to beat him (Andre),” Slater said. “I would have had to gotten the set waves and had sections to pull some airs off. He was pretty unbeatable in these conditions and he took down everyone. We’ll see if he can match the performances at places like Teahupoo and Pipeline.”

    Why he and everybody, don’t ask the same about Dane’s and Jordy’s performance at places like Teahupoo, Fiji and Pipeline? Look at their results in these places in the past two years.

  • http://truesurfing.blogspot.com Chocolate

    There is no use in mocking about Jadson´s backside surfing. He is young and he sure can improve a lot (no need fot that pump before the real bottom turn).
    The problem is that, as ugly as it may be, his backside is working damm fine till now.
    He won a 6 star, beating Owen Right in the final, with some powerfull backside surfing, got a 9th in Winki and use it to match Kelly´s second score to win the Billabong Pro.
    Anyway, it is nice to see Jadson winning an WT event so soon, a thing Jordy, Dane, Owen and other talented ones still not managed to do.

  • Bob

    I don’t question that his backside surfing is “working” as far as the judges are concerned, just whether it SHOULD be. (PARTICULARLY at the Bell’s contest, where Freddy P. would have been right to lump Jadson in with Owen, were it not for relatively less overall hype.) That having been said, he absolutely looks like a possible future world champion. But if Jefferies is firing, the lack of squared-off, laid over, full rail bottom turns that he has exhibited on his backhand so far will lead to crossed-up, flailing off the tops (what happens when you yank the board up the face inside of your leading arm) and I don’t think that even the judges will buy it there (nor should they, for his sake).

  • Bob

    On the other hand, I wouldn’t be surprised if he surfs genuinely well at Chopes, though. His mentor, Adriano, charged the midling stuff there last year, and it seems like when Jadson knows he’s got work to do, he’s all about it (instead of throwing tantrums like Neco). Also, “airreverserour”, I seriously doubt that your frontside bottom turns look as strong as Jadson’s. You sure they don’t look more like Owen Wright’s? (Who’s got work to do in both directions… but I wouldn’t put it past him to get it done, since he seems a lot less boyish in interviews since Freddy P’s smiling outburst.) Anyway, as Kelly implied, it should be interesting to watch.

  • Crying Kelly

    Its funny to see that just because the boy is a Brazilian no one gives him credit for his amazing performance at the contest. But insted the only excuse as always is ” Lets see him in a havier condition like Chopes or Pipe, what mister Kelly (with all respect for his age and talent) forgot is that not only Jadson has chances to do well in this next contest, cause the boy has been training in this places but also a wild card like Bruno Santos could take the highest place in the podium once again!! So lets stop thinking that Brazilian surfers can only do well at s… conditions!

  • Think Tank

    It´s still incredible that in the middles 2010 the guys here still belives that surf´s just Chopes or Pipes. Surf is much more than that and deals with any different kind of ways or waves. As Keynes said, is much easer to have new ideas than to leave back the old ones.The new kid on the block was far away ahead. No doubt. Kelly is still number 1 but not in this contest !!

  • Bob

    Stop crying about Kelly not babying non-babies. Did he say: “Let’s ignore him at Jeffries and Teahopu because he won’t be worth observing there”? Cuz I must have missed that part….

  • Bob

    In fact, what makes you think Kelly doesn’t WANT to see Jadson rise to the challenge of Teahopu [which will just take guts, whereas Pipe will in addition require knowledge, which typically takes longer]? Even if Jadson rises to its challenge, Kelly still thinks he’ll be able to beat Jadson at Teahopu, and would like to be proud to do so… whereas he came right out and said that Jadson was UNbeatable, given the waves they caught, in this final. He gave him his propers; no more, no less.

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  • charles

    I couldnt ignore kelly’s super competitive persona as he layed down an EXCUSE on his loss, trying to diminish it. At least his statement really felt that way.
    kelly, we know you re the best, relax. you have absolutely nothing to prove, and you should know that sometimes, for the sake of the asp, you should lose a heat or two. it adds drama and flavour. but we both know whos endind this year with another record.

    Congrats to jadson, who proved hungrier than all of the dane jordy freaks. and to be honest, we have seen it all on those new surf flicks and almost anything done on contests arent able to pull our eyes out, except for jadson’s fire and love for surfing.
    Contests lead us to compare surfers too much, instead of just taste the pure joy of watching these guys doing magic. and i think people forget that they are not intended to state whos the best surfer. it is about who better adapted to the ocean on those 30 mins.

  • KB

    What is going to happen in J-Bay and Teahopoo we will see, but for now Jadson took the crown in Brazil and that is it. The condition was the same for everyone, he was the best and that is it. Just swallow it and STF up!

  • RH

    Imagine how some people (but not Jadson, EITHER way) would be whining if Kelly had instead made the comment that KB just made….

  • N. Dignant

    What Kelly said was tantamount to saying that Jadson is the BEST IN THE WORLD in conditions like that final, but probably not the best at Jefferies or Teahopoo, where the next two contests are. I think he should be fined.

  • Richy

    I’m still feeling there is a problem with judges or scoring. Kelly was underscored in the finals in Brazil. He had 2 6.50 waves and one was clearly due higher scores comparing all the waves in the heat. I’ve watched this over and over and I have Kelly winning? I realize people are tired of Kelly but watch the heat he out scored with higher totals from multiple waves. Andre had one good wave but Kelly showed more moves especially on one of those 6.50 wave where he did it looked like back to back air reverse. Plus Kellys wave totals were higher in general counting the scores from all the waves.Andre is good but Kelly is still more creative, more fluid and reads each wave instinctively.He surfs.

  • http://midnightpassmusic.com Richy

    i went back and watched all the waves one more time Andre totals:4:00, 8:00, 6:40, 1:50, 2:00, 0:83 Slater 5:50, 6:50, 6:50, 4:30, 7:50 My eyes say Andre fell twice on his 8:00 ride nice air but if thats and 8 then one of Kellys 6:50 s was a 7 or higher. Kellys over all wave score average was higher. My point is that there is something still wrong with the scoring system. Watch all the waves yourself.

  • Says Just

    Help me. Is it racist when you see a pattern in surfers from a region that does not match what we have grown to appreciate through the generations of pro surfing influenced by people around the world? Because, at the end of the day, some surfing is just uglier than others. Period. The criteria is designed to protect surfing from being only a sport of big moves with no style, but anyone who has judged a contest can tell you that, sometimes, you have to deal with the smell when you write a score down, because the criteria cannot always protect the sport from a lack of fluidity. There are a lot of guys before this moment that fell to this criteria who are far better surfers than this young man, and hopefully, the judges will not fall prey to misunderstanding “new-school” moves. If I remember right, a good score requires high commitment to the rail, at the most critical point in the wave, demonstrating control throughout the completion of that maneuver, and the remainder of the wave. Because if it came down to one big turn or two wherever, Matt Archibold would have been the world champ, and at least his were pretty….

  • blob

    Kelly has been over scored so often [ Taj beat him at Trestles], but in this final he did more manoeuvres, more variety, insane bottom turns [ judges don't score the most important turn ] and his projection through the top was unbelievable, better style [ also in the criteria ], just as much air etc. [on waves that counted ], he killed it considering the waves, won easily! The judges are swayed by lots of stuff. Call me a racist if you want – I like the best surfer to win, whoever it is.

  • Diogo Lemos

    how many times Dane or Jordy won events in waves like Pipeline or Teahupoo in recent years? is much talk about the victory of Jadson, it’s just a rookie, is his first year on the circuit, we have to praise and recognize, no matter if he is Brazilian, he deserves, no matter the conditions, he won the slater, this is fact, how many rookie won the slater one final? congrats jadson, you deserve!! how many people have the same dream? how many people did it? everybody know how much it is so hard!! that day you were the best mate..congrats

  • Greg

    Related, how those white rookies from SoCal doing so far this year? Didn’t Hurley tell us that Simpo was the next coming of Christ? The California crew must be planning a group trip to indo come the mid-way point on the tour this year – they certainly won’t be at the rest of the comps.

  • CICERCHIA

    1.- ALL THE TOP 20 (EXCEPT THE LOCALS) HATE GO TO BRAZIL. BRAZIL waves and all. IT SUCKS FOR EVERYBODY ON TOUR, and for us too, cause webcast is always very poor. WHEN THE CHAMPIONS WAS CROWNED AT SPAIN MOSTLY AVOID GO TO BRAZIL IN THE PAST.

    2.- A BRAZILIAN SURFER WON IN BRAZIL, that really peaceful the crazy crowds, MOSTLY CAUSE LAST YEAR WHEN KS WON OVER ADRIANO PEOPLE WENT CRAZY, AND FRIGHTENING THE JUDGES, A LOT OF THEM AT TREAT THE JUDGES THE END OF THE EVENT, NOBODY SAID THAT, BUT ITS TRUE.

    SO NOW THEY MAKE THIS ALMOST UNKNOW SURFER THAT WILL NEVER BE A CONTENDER FOR THE WORLD TITTLE THIS YEAR WON THE EVENT, AND EVERYONES HAPPY, EXCEPT ADRIANO DE SOUZA WHO IS THE REAL BRAZILIAN MENACE.

    3.- I´M NOT ARGUING ABOUT ANDRE 8.00, MAYBE HE GOT IT… BUT KELLY GOT 2 WAVES 6.50, HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE? BECAUSE JUST HAVING 7.00 HELL WON THE EVENT, SIMPLE THING.

    REMEMBER THIS IS AN INDUSTRY AND A BUSINESS.

    WHO ARE THE OWNERS OF THE CIRCUS?

    NOT THE SURFERS FOR SURE!!!!!!… SURFERS ARE ONLY THE CIRCUS CLOWNS.

    LIKE ALL THE ATHLETES. AROUND THE GLOBE..

  • http://midnightpassmusic.com Richy

    CICERCHIA i believe you might have a point

  • bruce

    these comments are full of bull….
    blokes that do not understand and recognize the new! talking about crappy waves, I remember mundaka producing terrible waves in the past few years, ASP even considered the possibility of taking it out of the circuit…

    And if you guys don’t like to taste the different we should have Slater as the only surfer on the Dream Tour, Tiger as the only Golfer on the PGA and Federer on ATP !!! Why have other players if people still like to see the same guys winning!

  • tony tuber

    you american surfers are not able to see any brazilian getting high !!
    your king’s gettin’ old!

    tony tuber,jureia local barrel rider.

    SAO PAULO BRASIL

  • Says Just

    Well, Bruce, thanks for letting us know how you feel. If you think anything that involves a bottom turn on the rail, in the critical part of the wave is not able to see the “new”, as you say, has to take a moment to recognize that maybe it is harder than it looks! Which is where all this criticism started all the way up at the top of this chat, here. I don’t give a rats behind where someone is from, in the “pro’s”, you should be able to commit to the bottom turn, maintain your speed through whatever turn you complete at the top of the wave(either above it or on the critical section of the lip on the rail), and demonstrate control throughout the rest of the wave. Period. That is the point of the criteria. Old, new, whatever. That airs were not being scored over off the lips was lame before, I agree, but you should still be able to commit at the bottom of the wave in a critical manner as well as the top of the same wave. They are called “completed” turns. As for Brazilian highness, I see them getting high all the time, and this one, in particular, two staging his bottom turns. Kelly is/was king because he does all the stuff everyone else does, and makes it look easy. That is why he deserves the scores. As for people being pushed through contests, welcome to life, folks….

  • Think Tank

    CICERCHIA has an incredible racist point. That´s it. It´s a kind of underskin and psycological racism ! Actually He/She didn´t really konw. A kind of Angle Saxon way of cold life that could not in, any way, understand the crowds. The same crowds that always support KS in back times and still support him against any competitor except a brazilian of course. Sport is like that any place you go. The brazilian soccer team which has won far away from any other in the world in any kind of tournament is sometimes beaten by smaller teams. It´s just like life.