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Tags: Adriano de Souza, ASP World Championship Tour 2009, mundaka, Spain.
Adriano de Souza (BRA), 22, collected his first ASP World Tour victory today at the Billabong Pro Mundaka, bolting up to 3rd on the ASP World Tour ratings. photo: ASP/ CI/ SCHOLTZ via GETTY IMAGES
SOPELANA, Euskadi/Spain (Tuesday, October 13, 2009) – Adriano de Souza (BRA), 22, claimed his inaugural ASP World Tour win today, taking out the Billabong Pro Mundaka, eliminating fellow Finalist Chris Davidson (AUS), 33, in punchy two-to-three foot (1 metre) waves at the backup venue of Sopelana.
Stop No. 8 of 10 on the 2009 ASP World Tour, the Billabong Pro Mundaka experienced an array of conditions for the event, from clean surf on the opening day at Mundaka to a lengthy seven-day wait before a marathon 24-heat session yesterday, culminating into today’s dramatic finale.
De Souza, who had previously experienced in the ASP World Junior Championships (winning in 2003) and on the ASP World Qualifying Series winning in 2005), was rapt with his inaugural ASP World Tour victory.
“I don’t have words to express how happy I am right now,” De Souza said. “I have been working so hard for this ever since winning the ASP World Junior Championships and the ASP WQS. To finally win here in Mundaka, where the culture is so rich and the people love surfing so much, is an incredible thing. This is the most special day of my life.”
The young Brazilian dominated the crumbling lefthander of Sopelana, racking up an insurmountable 16.40 out of a possible 20 to overtake his Australian opponent, resulting in his history-making win as the first South American to take out the prestigious event win.
“The conditions have been hard for this event but we surfed the best waves that were available to us,” De Souza said. “Davo (Chris Davidson) is such a strong surfer and he has been going after a win for so long. When he beat C.J. (Hobgood) in the Semifinals, I knew it was going to be a battle. I was able to get the better waves today and that’s why I won.”
The victory rockets De Souza into a solid 3rd place on the 2009 ASP World Tour ratings, putting him within striking distance for a shot at the ASP World Title.
“I’m not thinking about the world title right now,” De Souza said. “I am just enjoying my win. This is the biggest win of my career and have a lot of confidence heading into the next events.”
Davidson, who’s storied career amongst the world’s best surfers has seen him qualifying and falling off tour multiple times, secured his best ever result today with his Runner-Up finish at the Billabong Pro Mundaka.
“Everything has felt special at this event for some reason,” Davidson said. “Everything has clicked and I’ve felt confident in every heat. Couldn’t find the waves in the Final, but congrats to Adriano (de Souza) – it’s a truly deserving win.”
The win vaults Davidson into 20th position on the 2009 ASP World Tour ratings, well within the requalification cutoff for 2010.
“It was a really crucial event for me in terms of the ratings,” Davidson said. “I was on the bubble heading into this event and knew I needed to pull something out of the bag. I’m frothing for the next event and the rest of the year.”
C.J. Hobgood (USA), 30, former ASP World Champion (2001), matched his best result today, finishing equal 3rd and solidifying his position at 4th on the ASP World Tour ratings.
“I’m really stoked for Davo (Chris Davidson), but it’s disappointing at the same time,” Hobgood said. “I’m happy that I matched my best result this season, but was hoping for better. I felt like I prepared well and surfed conditions similar to this most of the week, but in the end, I couldn’t edge into the Final.”
Kelly Slater (USA), 37, reigning nine-time ASP World Champion, was in stunning form throughout the event despite nursing an Ilio-tibial band strain in his knee, only losing to eventual winner De Souza in a tightly fought Semifinal bout.
“The knee felt okay today,” Slater said. “It was sore walking downhill but felt okay out in the lineup. I guess I’m still in contention (for the ASP World Title), but we’ll see how it pans out.”
The race for the 2009 ASP World Title is far from over and the world’s best surfers will battle it out in the remaining two events.
Highlights from the Billabong Pro Mundaka will be available via http://www.billabongpro.com/mundaka09/
Next stop on the 2009 ASP World Tour will be the Rip Curl Pro Search in Peniche, Portugal from 19 – 28, 2009.
For more information, log onto www.aspworldtour.com
BILLABONG PRO MUNDAKA FINAL RESULTS:
1 – Adriano de Souza (BRA) 16.40
2 – Chris Davidson (AUS) 11.83
BILLABONG PRO MUNDAKA SEMIFINAL RESULTS:
SF 1: Chris Davidson (AUS) 13.84 def. C.J. Hobgood (USA) 10.53
SF 2: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 16.00 def. Kelly Slater (USA) 15.93
BILLABONG PRO MUNDAKA QUARTERFINAL RESULTS:
QF 1: C.J. Hobgood (USA) 14.00 def. Bede Durbidge (AUS) 10.97
QF 2: Chris Davidson (AUS) 13.40 def. Drew Courtney (AUS) 10.10
QF 3: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 16.33 def. Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 10.67
QF 4: Kelly Slater (USA) 14.33 def. Taj Burrow (AUS) 10.60
BILLABONG PRO MUNDAKA ROUND 3 RESULTS:
Heat 1: C.J. Hobgood (USA) 8.00 def. Kekoa Bacalso (HAW) 6.17
Heat 2: Bede Durbidge (AUS) 14.93 def. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 10.90
Heat 3: Chris Davidson (AUS) 14.73 def. Bobby Martinez (USA) 14.17
Heat 4: Drew Courtney (AUS) 13.26 def. Kai Otton (AUS) 10.74
Heat 5: Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 14.44 def. Mick Fanning (AUS) 12.10
Heat 6: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 14.16 def. Taylor Knox (USA) 11.44
Heat 7: Kelly Slater (USA) 12.93 def. Tom Whitaker (AUS) 9.26
Heat 8: Taj Burrow (AUS) 14.60 def. Kieren Perrow (AUS) 11.43
CURRENT ASP WORLD TOUR TOP 10 (After Billabong Pro Mundaka):
1 – Mick Fanning (AUS) 6350 points
2 – Joel Parkinson (AUS) 6306 points
3 – Adriano de Souza (BRA) 5773 points
4 – C.J. Hobgood (USA) 5748 points
5 – Bede Durbidge (AUS) 5524 points
6 – Kelly Slater (USA) 5514 points
7 – Taj Burrow (AUS) 5149 points
8 – Bobby Martinez (USA) 4914 points
9 – Taylor Knox (USA) 4816 points
10 – Damien Hobgood (USA) 4794 points
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Tags: Adriano de Souza, Joel Parkinson Claims Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast in Solid Conditions at Kirra, mick fanning, taj burrow.
Joel Parkinson (AUS), 27, has won the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast, defeating fellow finalist Adriano de Souza (BRA), 22, in solid six-to-eight foot (3 metre) surf at Kirra.
KIRRA, Australia — Joel Parkinson (AUS), 27, has won the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast presented by LG Mobile, defeating fellow finalist Adriano de Souza (BRA), 22, in solid six-to-eight foot (3 metre) surf at Kirra.
After a 12-year hiatus, today’s action brought the ASP World Tour back to Kirra for the Finals of the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast. Whilst it was not classic Kirra, the challenging conditions at the historic pointbreak offered churning barrels with massive scoring potential.
Parkinson, winner of the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast in 2002, was fearless from the outset in the hard-fought Final, collecting an excellent 8.83 out of a possible 10 on his opening ride, breaking his board in the process.
“That first wave was a good one but I came down funny on the floater and buckled my board,” Parkinson said. “I came in and just got energized when I heard the score and everyone on the beach really pumped me up. The crowd is awesome. There are so many people. Down here you don’t really see it, but from the water you can see the crowd on the hill and all along Coolangatta and even down Kirra Point. I could hear them roaring – it was amazing.”
The hometown favorite would return to the lineup to collect a bevy of high scores, including a 7.50 and an 8.17, before nailing his second perfect 10 of the day, pushing his heat total to an unsurpassable 18.84 out of a possible 20.
“I was thinking it has been a long time between drinks [ASP World Tour event wins],” Parkinson said. “Until the hooter blew, I didn’t know what emotion to feel. It’s the kind of thing where you’re surrounded by a lot of people and it’s not until you pull yourself back and you’re together with family and friends, that’s really when you feel all of your emotions. Right now I’m on a high and I’m buzzing, it will be a few hours to let it all sink in.”
Parkinson now sits atop the ASP World Tour ratings, in excellent position for his 2009 campaign for the ASP World Title.
“There’s still a long way to go and there are a lot of dangerous surfers out there,” Parkinson said. “I don’t want to get too far ahead of myself. It is a long year with a lot of stops [on the Dream Tour]. It is going to be a great year.”
De Souza, former ASP World Junior Champion and into his first Final ever in an ASP World Tour event, was unable to find a rhythm against Parkinson, only grabbing a 7.00 out of a possible 10 as a noteworthy score.
“I saw Kirra break a couple of years ago but I am too young to have seen it break like it has in the past,” De Souza said. “These are the best waves so far during my time in Australia. I am really glad with everything. Second Place for me is an amazing result. I will just keep trying to do the same thing at the next event.”
Despite not claiming the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast, De Souza’s Runner-Up finish today sees him rocket to No. 2 on the ASP World Tour ratings, putting himself in excellent position for the season ahead.
“It was my first Final ever so I’m happy and glad with my performance,” De Souza said. “I will just try to keep focused and determined for the rest of the year. It is amazing for me. It is a big thing that has happened in my life this Final.”
Mick Fanning (AUS), 27, former ASP World Champion (2007) and two-time past winner of the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast (’05, ’07), surfed the heat of the event this morning, narrowly going down to Parkinson, 19.93 to 17.66.
“Cyclone Hamish turned it on for us,” Fanning said. “It’s one of those days where you can have one of the best surfs of your life or one of the worst surfs of your life. It wasn’t the best surf of my life, but it was definitely up there.”
The incredible conditions provided the ideal forum for the two locals to raise the performance bar, and while the lead flip-flopped several times throughout the Semifinal, it was Parkinson’s perfect 10 that would nail the coffin shut.
“I didn’t see Joel’s 9.90 but I saw his 10,” Fanning said. “When his head popped out, I knew. I said to myself I would give that a 10. Congratulations to him, he surfed an awesome heat.”
Taj Burrow (AUS), 30, finished Equal 3rd at today’s Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast, going down to eventual event Runner-Up De Souza in Semifinal 2.
“I felt really lost at sea,” Burrow said. “It was a total lucky dip, then the wind squall came through and it got even more wild and washed out. Every time a wave came that looked any good, Adriano [de Souza] was sitting next to me with priority. I was just really unlucky. Last time I surfed here, I got a perfect 10 as a wildcard, so I have good memories of Kirra. I would have loved a 10 at the end of that heat. I’m just looking forward to the next event now.”
Highlights from the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast will be available via www.quiksilverpro.com.au
The next stop on the 2009 ASP World Tour will be the Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach from April 7 – 18, 2009.
For more information, log onto www.aspworldtour.com
QUIKSILVER PRO GOLD COAST FINAL RESULTS:
1 – Joel Parkinson (AUS) 18.83
2 – Adriano de Souza (BRA) 11.30
QUIKSILVER PRO GOLD COAST SEMIFINALS RESULTS:
SF 1: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 19.93 def. Mick Fanning (AUS) 17.66
SF 2: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 14.84 def. Taj Burrow (AUS) 5.34
CURRENT ASP WORLD TOUR TOP 5:
1. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 1200 points
2. Adriano de Souza (BRA) 1032 points
3. Taj Burrow (AUS) 876 points
3. Mick Fanning (AUS) 876 points
5. Bede Durbidge (AUS) 732 points
5. C.J. Hobgood (USA) 732 points
5. Adrian Buchan (AUS)732 points
5. Damien Hobgood (USA) 732 points
Full ratings available at www.aspworldtour.com
Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast pres. by LG Mobile
Roxy Pro Gold Coast pres. by LG Mobile
Stop No. 1 of 10 on the 2009 ASP World Tour
Stop No. 1 of 8 on the 2009 ASP Women’s World Tour
Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
February 28 – March 11, 2009