Adriano de Souza Claims the Onbongo Pro Surfing Title

What: Onbongo Pro Surfing, ASP 6 Star WQS Men’s Event

Where: Itamambuca Beach, Ubatuba Sao Paulo Brazil

When: 23 – 28 October 2007

Brazilian Adriano de Souza won the Onbongo Pro Surfing contest at Itamambuca Beach, Brazil, this weekend. This is his second WQS title in a row, after winning the ´QS event in Itajai last week, and marks a string of success after two years without a victory in the Tour.

In the 2ft waves of Itamambuca Beach, Adriano won the first semi-final against Brazilian Jihad Kohdr and them the great final over Australian Kieren Pierrow.

The result secured Adriano a $15,000 prize and moved him from 45th to 11th position in WQS Ranking. Now he goes directly to the WCT event in Santa Catarina (Oct. 30 – Nov 7), and he will try to win the event after 9 years since the Brazilian victory of Peterson Rosa in Rio.

“I am living a dream. I don´t know what to say. I am very happy winning two events in a roll, but it didn´t finish yet, My main focus still in the `CT event in Imbituba this week, and I really want to give my best there. I used these last two contests to train and get motivation, now I am ready, I know that is gonna be very hard surfing against the 44 best surfers in the world, but if I win again here in Brazil, is gonna be perfect for me,” said Adriano.

After a spectacular heat against Brazilian Jihad Kohdr in the first semi-final of Onbongo Pro Surfing, Adriano, like in Itajai last week, surfed a great final, starting the heat with a great wave to score a 8.83 – the highest of the day.

Kieren retaliated with a 6.83 wave but Adriano came in another long good right to finish with an aerial to score 7.76 points, leaving the Australian needing a 9.67 wave score to win.

“I was very relaxing in the final, because I already confirmed my classification to 2008 Men´s World Tour surfing the final here. Adriano was surfing really good, getting the best waves, but I am very happy with my second place. I stayed two years out of the ´CT, and move into the final was a big surprise for me, Brazilian surfers always surf small waves extremely well, so for me is always more complicated. And now what I really want, is go to Hawaii and win the Triple Crown of Surfing,” said Kieren, who got $7,500 for his second place and moved up to 8th position in the WQS Ranking. Like Adriano, Kieren also won a WQS event inside his country this year, in Margaret River, Australia.

RANKING WQS 2007 – 37 stops:

01: Jordy Smith (AFR) – 14.425 points

02: Dane Reynolds (EUA) – 12.276

03: Tiago Pires (PRT) – 12.100

04: Ben Bourgeois (EUA) – 12.038

05: Jihad Kohdr (BRA) – 12.025

06: Rodrigo Dornelles (BRA) – 11.994

07: Jay Thompson (AUS) – 11.775

08: Kieren Perrow (AUS) – 11.614

09: Aritz Aranburu (ESP) – 11.214

10: C. J. Hobgood (EUA) – 11.175

11: Adriano de Souza (BRA)

12: Mikael Picon (FRA) – 11.106


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