Adriano De Souza

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Adriano de Souza
Personal information
Born (1987-02-13) February 13, 1987 (age 30)
Sao Paulo, Brazil
Residence Florianopolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Weight 137 lb (62 kg)
Surfing career
Best year 2015 - WSL World Champion
Career earnings $1,527,350
Sponsors Hawaiian Dreams, Sport Club Corinthians Paulista, Red Bull energy drinks, Oakley eyewear, FCS fins
Major achievements
Surfing specifications
Stance Natural (Regular)
Shaper(s) Al Merrick (Channel Island Surfboards)
Quiver 5’10 x 17 ⅞” x 2 ⅛”
Favorite waves Riozinho
Favorite maneuvers Boosting airs

Adriano "Mineirinho" de Souza (born February 13, 1987) is a Brazilian professional surfer and also the 2015 WSL World Champion. He has been competing on the World Surf League Men's World Tour since 2005.[1]

Overview[edit]

Adriano de Souza is seem by many as the "hardest working man" on the WSL Tour. To many observers, like 1989 World Champion and WSL commentator Martin Potter, and former top-44 surfer and WSL commentator Ross Williams, Adriano is more eager to learn, more willing to fight, and spends more time learning the game and trying to evolve his surfing than any of his peers/competitors -- with the likely exception of 11-time World Champion Kelly Slater.

Few other surfers have built the same reputation of working hard to learn and evolve on competitive surfing. Most of the other WSL surfers are somewhat perceived[by whom?] to be natural-talented people who don't give a 100% effort on their professional careers -- and thus rarely reach 100% of their competitive potential during surfing heats.

WSL commentators Potter and Williams usually highlighted during WSL surf broadcasts about how Adriano gets to the venues of the surf contests much earlier than his opponents, sometimes weeks in advance, to learn and adapt as much as possible. They also usually talk about how Adriano almost "never falls" on his waves, and how he loves to fight for the inside position and surf the first wave of every heat.

Surf journalist/historian Matt Warshaw wrote in the Encyclopedia of Surfing that Adriano is a "determined pro surfer, (...) built like a terrier (5'6", 137 pounds) and fixed to his board with a wide, squat, function-first stance". Warshaw noted that during Adriano World Title campaign he "rode with near-monomaniacal intensity and often willed his way to heat victories against more talented surfers". Warshaw also stated that Adriano was for the most part heralded as a worthy and deserving World Champion "after years of being ignored or ridiculed by surfing's English-speaking tastemakers". [2]

The tale of how Adriano asked -- and then begged and then convinced -- Banzai Pipeline top local surfer Jamie O'Brien (surfer) to stay at his house during the season finale in Hawaii (in order to be able to surf the break everyday and to learn its tricks straight from O'Brien) became famous in the surfing world. [3] It showed the lengths Adriano was willing to go in order to improve his surfing abilities and win the WSL Surfing World Title.

Surfing career[edit]

Accomplishments[edit]

2003
  • Won ASP World Junior Championship (Youngest champion ever - Age 16)[4]
2005
  • Won ASP 5-Star event – Billabong Costa do Sauipe
  • Won ASP Super Series event – Rip Curl Pro Hossegor
  • ASP World Qualifying Series Winner[5]
2006
2007
  • Ranked #28 on the 2007 ASP World Tour
  • Won ASP 6-Star event – Onbongo Pro Surfing
  • Won ASP 6-Star event – Maresia Surf International
2008
  • Ranked #7 on the 2008 ASP World Tour
  • Won ASP 5-Star event – Billabong ECO Surf Festival
  • Won ASP 4-Star event – Mark Richards Pro Newcastle
2009
  • Ranked #5 on the 2009 ASP World Tour
  • Won first ASP World Tour event – Billabong Pro Mundaka – Mundaka, Spain
2010
2011
  • Ranked #5 on the 2011 ASP World Tour[6]
  • Won ASP World Tour event – Billabong Pro Rio – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Won ASP World Tour event – Rip Curl Pro Portugal – Peniche, Portugal
2012
  • Ranked #5 on the 2012 ASP World Tour rankings[7]
  • Won ASP 6-Star event – Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay – South Africa
2013
  • Ranked #12 on the 2013 ASP World Tour rankings[8]
  • Won ASP World Tour event – Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach – Torquay, Australia
2014
  • Ranked #8 on the 2014 ASP World Tour rankings[9]
  • Won ASP 6-Star event – Australian Open of Surfing – Manly Beach, Australia
2015
2016

Victories[edit]

WCT Wins
Year Event Venue Country
2015 Margaret River Pro Margaret River  Australia
2015 Billabong Pipe Masters Banzai Pipeline  Hawaii
2013 Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach  Australia
2011 Billabong Rio Pro Rio de Janeiro  Brazil
2011 Mouche Rip Curl Pro Portugal Peniche  Portugal
2009 Billabong Pro Mundaka Mundaka  Spain
WQS Wins
Year Event Venue Country
2014 Hurley Australian Open Sydney  Australia
2012 Billabong Pro Jeffrey's Bay  South Africa
2008 Mark Richards Pro Newcastle  Australia
2008 Billabong ECO Surf Festival Coconut Coast  Brazil
2007 Onbongo Pro Surfing Ubatuba  Brazil
2007 Maresia Surf International Maresias  Brazil
2005 Billabong Costa do Sauipe Costa do Sauipe  Brazil
2005 Rip Curl Pro Hossegor Hossegor  France
Juniors Wins
Year Event Venue Country
2003 Won ASP World Junior Championship

WSL World Championship Tour[edit]

Tournament 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast 3rd 17th 9th 2nd 5th 9th 2nd 25th 3rd 3rd 5th 9th
Rip Curl Pro 33rd 17th 9th 17th 5th 3rd 9th 1st 5th 2nd 13th -
Margaret River Pro - - - - - - - - 9th 1st 13th -
Rio Pro - - - - - 1st 5th 2nd 9th 13th 3rd -
Fiji Pro 33rd - 3rd - - - 5th 25th 5th 13th 5th -
J-Bay Open 5th 5th 5th 17th 5th 13th - - 5th 5th 9th -
Billabong Pro Teahupoo 33rd 17th 5th 5th 9th 25th 13th 25th 25th 13th 25th -
Hurley Pro Trestles 17th 17th - 5th 13th 5th 3rd 9th 5th 2nd 25th -
Quiksilver Pro France 17th 33th 3rd 33rd 25th 25th 25th 13th 13th 3rd 9th -
Rip Curl Pro Portugal - - - - 25th 1st 3rd 13th 5th 13th 5th -
Billabong Pipeline Masters 33rd 33rd 9th 17th 13th 13th 13th 13th INJ 1st 13th -
Oakley Pro Bali - - - - - - - 9th - - - -
O'Neill Coldwater Classic - - - - - - 5th - - - - -
Rip Curl Search 17th 33rd 17th 9th 5th 13th - - - - - -
Quiksilver Pro New York - - - - - 9th - - - - - -
Santa Catarina Pro 17th 17th DNP 2nd 9th - - - - - - -
Billabong Pro Spain 9th 9th 5th 1st - - - - - - - -
Boost Mobile Pro - - 9th - - - - - - - - -
Rank 20th 28th 7th 5th 10th 5th 5th 13th 8th 1st 11th 9th
Earnings - - - - $87.250 $276.750 $142.500 $190.000 $277.500 $377.000 $149.500 $13.750

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ASP Surfer Profile: Adrian De Souza". ASPWorldTour.com. Archived from the original on 2013-03-31. 
  2. ^ "Entry: Adriano de Souza". encyclopediaofsurfing.com. Retrieved December 11, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Ariano de Souza Staying at J.O.B.'S House for Pipe Masters". tracksmag.com.au. Retrieved December 11, 2016. 
  4. ^ "THE 100 GREATEST SURFERS OF ALL TIME". surfeuropemag.com. Retrieved September 11, 2013. 
  5. ^ "2005 - O título QS de Adriano de Souza". datasurfe.com.br. Retrieved August 6, 2007. 
  6. ^ "2011 ASP World Championship" (PDF). aspworldtour.com. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-04-24. 
  7. ^ "2012 ASP World Tour Rankings". aspworldtour.com. Retrieved 21 October 2012. 
  8. ^ "2013 ASP World Tour Rankings". aspworldtour.com. Retrieved 28 July 2015. 
  9. ^ "2014 ASP World Tour Rankings". aspworldtour.com. Retrieved 28 July 2015. 
  10. ^ "2015 WSL World Tour Rankings". aspworldtour.com. Retrieved 28 July 2015. 
  11. ^ "2016 ASP World Tour Rankings". aspworldtour.com. Retrieved 20 December 2016. 
Achievements
Preceded by
Gabriel Medina
World Surf League Surfing World Champion (men's)
2015
Succeeded by
John John Florence