Adriano De Souza edges past Frenchman Joan Duru to take Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay
Surf News, 13 July, 2012 : Jeffrey s Bay -- Brazilian surfer Adriano De Souza has won the ASP 6-Star Billabong Pro Jeffrey s Bay defeating French surfer Joan Duru in small and difficult conditions in the Final with polished and dynamic surfing.
ASP 6-Star Men event
Jeffrey s Bay, South Africa
Second upset was a dominant Dale Staples defeating John John Florence from Hawaii. Surfing fast and smooth, Dale kept John John at bay all the way through to a nail-biting finish, with the young South African getting the nod from the judges. Dale was eventually knocked out by Aritz Aranburu (EUK) in the quarter-finals and finished as the highest placed South African in the event.
Adriano De Souza © ASP / Cestari
Although smaller than the absolute perfection that persisted throughout the first three days of competition, there were still excellent, high-scoring waves coming through and the remaining competitors were throwing it down on the fast, lined up Super-tubes walls.
In the first semi-final it was Adriano De Souza against Ezekiel Lau (HAW) with the young Brazilian blasting his way through the heat and earning his spot in the final. The second semi-final was a one-sided affair between Duru and Aritz Aranburu (EUK), with Duru winning the heat comfortably and heading on to the final.
By the time the final heat paddled out, the bad weather that the contest organizers had been tracking all week was upon the competitors. With the onshore wind up and the rain falling, the two competitors went tooth and nail, with Duru quickly scoring a 9.27 out of a possible 10 points, showing that the conditions were still extremely contestable.
Joan Duru © ASP / Cestari
“I’ve come to South Africa and to Jeffrey s Bay for so many years, and have always seen the guys win the Billabong Pro, and now it’s my turn,” said Adriano. “I’m just so happy, and I’m going to remember this win for my whole life. J-Bay is a special place for me and hopefully see you again next year.”
The Nixon Winner Takes All prize of a US$10,000 jewel-encrusted Nixon watch for the highest heat score of the event went to Nathan Hedge (AUS) for his incredible 19.27 score in the first round of the event. “What a sick prize,” said Nathan. “A few years ago I was in the final with AI and he needed a ten to beat me and he got it, so maybe it was AI who sent me the ten this year.”