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Published on Jun 13, 2011
BillaBong Pro Rio 2011 - Rio de Janeiro - Barra da Tijuca
Mineirinho é o campeão da etapa carioca do Circuito Mundial de Surfe.
Adriano de Souza (BRA), 24, winner of the Billabong Rio Pro and current leader on the ASP World title Race.
BARRA DA TIJUCA, Rio de Janeiro/Brazil (Friday, May 20, 2011) -- Adriano de Souza (BRA), 24, has won the Billabong Rio Pro over Taj Burrow (AUS), 32, in tricky two-to-three foot (1 metre) waves at Barra Da Tijuca and the win catapults the Brazilian atop the ASP World Title Rankings.
The Billabong Rio Pro, stop No. 3 of 11 on the men's ASP World Title Series, saw the world's best surfers tackle a variety of conditions after a week of lay days and ran at both the lefthander of Arpoador and the tricky beachbreak of Barra Da Tijuca over four consecutive days to decide the 2011 Billabong Rio Pro winner.
De Souza, who was a standout throughout the Billabong Rio Pro, won several close heats on the final day of competition before scalping a commanding victory over Burrow with the support of a massive Brazilian crowd behind him.
"There are no words to express how I feel right now," De Souza said. "Thanks to my manger for pushing me every day, I couldn't have done this without him. Thanks so much to my fans, who have been on the beach supporting me from the beginning to the end and to my sponsors. I'm happy to keep the title in Brazil one more time."
De Souza, who is now the frontrunner on the ASP World Title Rankings, was also apprehensive in announcing his current position atop the elite standings.
"It's still very early days and next event will be J Bay so I'm going to be pushing myself," De Souza said. "Kelly (Slater) and all of these guys are such amazing surfers and have been on tour for such a long time, but I'm going to try my best."
Billabong Rio Pro Final: 1 -- Adriano de Souza (BRA) 15.63 2 -- Taj Burrow (AUS) 12.17
Billabong Rio Pro Semifinals Results: SF 1: Taj Burrow (AUS) 16.27 def. Jeremy Flores (FRA) 10.50 SF 2: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 9.00 def. Bede Durbidge (AUS) 8.40
Billabong Rio Pro Quarterfinals Results: QF 1: Taj Burrow (AUS) 16.26 def. Bobby Martinez (USA) 14.43 QF 2: Jeremy Flores (FRA) 15.60 def. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 12.17 QF 3: Bede Durbidge (AUS) 16.03 def. Josh Kerr (AUS) 6.27 QF 4: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 14.23 def. Owen Wright (AUS) 14.10
Billabong Rio Pro Round 5 Results: Heat 1: Bobby Martinez (USA) 14.60 def. Damien Hobgood (USA) 12.63 Heat 2: Jeremy Flores (FRA) 12.60 def. Dan Ross (AUS) 11.63 Heat 3: Bede Durbidge (AUS) 13.43 def. Raoni Monteiro (BRA) 12.67 Heat 4: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 10.73 def. Michel Bourez (PYF) 7.90
Top 10 on the ASP World Title Series After the Billabong Rio Pro: 1. Adriano de Souza (BRA) 20,500 2. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 19,200 3. Kelly Slater (USA) 16,950 4.Taj Burrow (AUS) 16,500 5. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 14,750 6. Owen Wright (AUS) 12,150 7. Michel Bourez (PYF) 12,000 8. Mick Fanning (AUS) 11,500 9.Bede Durbidge (AUS) 11,000 9.Tiago Pires (PRT) 11,000
Next event our the ASP world tour will be the Billabong Pro Jeffrey Bay, South Africa - in July.