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