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Adriano De Souza wins 6-Star Billabong Pro J-Bay

Adriano De Souza © Roy Harley

 

Billabong Pro J-Bay

ASP 6-Star Men's event
Jeffreys Bay, South Africa
10 - 15 July 2012

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Adriano De Souza edges past Frenchman Joan Duru to take Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 13 July, 2012 : - - Jeffreys Bay -- Brazilian surfer Adriano De Souza has won the ASP 6-Star Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay defeating French surfer Joan Duru in small and difficult conditions in the Final with polished and dynamic surfing.
 
It was an icy winter day that dawned for the remaining competitors in the Billabong Pro J-Bay today, but with contestable waves running down the point, contest director Luke Egan showed no hesitation in sending the remaining competitors straight out into the water. “We’re going to crown a winner today, weather permitting,” said Egan.
 
First surprise of the morning was two- time and defending champion South African Jordy Smith getting eliminated by an on-form Joan Duru. In the small and inconsistent conditions, Jordy battled to find the high scoring waves, while Duru paddled into some good waves and rode them with confidence.
 
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 Supertubes 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 organisers 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

 

 

After one particular wave Adriano De Souza lost a fin on the shallow inside rocks and chose to do a runaround, picking up his back up board in the process. Adriano slipped back into the line-up and picked up a nice little wave from way up the point that opened up for him and allowed him to score an 8.33 and victory.
 
“I’ve come to South Africa and to Jeffreys 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.”

 

 

 

 

 

Check the Full Results

 

1 Florence,John John HAW 32845
2 De Souza,Adriano BRA 26125
3 Fanning,Mick  AUS 24863
4 Slater,Kelly  USA 24500
5 Medina,Gabriel  BRA 23390
6 Burrow,Taj  AUS 23145
7 Kerr,Josh  AUS 23036
8 Parkinson,Joel  AUS 20870
9 Smith,Jordy ZAF 20860
10 Hobgood,C.J. USA 19480
11 Otton,Kai  AUS 18095
12 Buchan,Adrian  AUS 17805
13 Wright,Owen  AUS 16800
14 Wilson,Julian  AUS 15800
15 Flores,Jeremy  FRA 15570
16 Hall,Glenn  IRL 15480
17 Pupo,Miguel  BRA 15050
18 Andino,Kolohe  USA 12261
19 Wilkinson,Matt  AUS 12202
20 Alves,Heitor  BRA 12080
21 Young,Nat  USA 11890
22 Hobgood,Damien  USA 11750
23 Cardoso,Willian  BRA 11650
24 Muniz,Alejo  BRA 11500
25 Simpson,Brett  USA 11470
26 Gudauskas,Patrick  USA 11380
27 Patacchia,Fredrick HAW 11234
28 Yeomans,Nathan USA 11024
29 Pires,Tiago  PRT 10790
30 Toth,Brian  PRI 10655
31 Logie,Travis ZAF 10320
32 Eleogram,Olamana HAW 9541
33 Bourez,Michel PYF 9150
34 Melling,Adam  AUS 9040
35 Ribeiro,Alex  BRA 8980
36 Duru,Joan FRA 8904
37 Zietz,Sebastien HAW 8526
38 Da Silva,Jean BRA 8320
39 Monteiro,Raoni  BRA 8150
40 Larsen,Granger  HAW 8026
41 Dantas,Wiggolly  BRA 7896
42 Hermes,Tomas  BRA 7812
43 Curran,Nathaniel  USA 7654
44 Kling,Gabe  USA 7156
45 Durbidge,Bede  AUS 7042
46 Coleborn,Mitchel AUS 6874
47 Occhilupo,Mark AUS 6815
48 Toledo,Filipe BRA 6745
49 Gudauskas,Tanner  USA 6650
50 Bettero,Hizunome  BRA 6540

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Previous reports:
# 1 : Internationals flock to 6-Star Billabong Pro J-Bay

# 2 : Two South African champs into Billabong Pro J-Bay

# 3 : Final wildcards named for Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay
# 4 : Billabong Pro J-Bay opens with stellar Supertubes
# 5 : Billabong Pro J-Bay sees another epic day of surf
# 6 : Epic surf & 10-pointers Day 3 of Billabong Pro J-Bay

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Source: Billabong / ASP Media

Author: Chad D'Arcy, Dave Prodan, Craig Jarvis

Tags: Billabong Pro J-bay, South Africa, ASP World Tour, Star Events, Adriano de Souza, Joan Duru

Events: Surfersvillage

 

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