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A little visit with Brazilian Slater slayer Jadson Andre

Jadson Andre : photo ASP/Kirstin

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Who is Jadson Andre? Background Check by Australia's Surfing Life

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 10 May, 2010 : - - Burleigh Heads, Queensland -- Last week, Jadson Andre (BRA), 20, 2010 ASP Dream Tour rookie, defeated former nine-time ASP World Champion and current ASP World No. 1 Kelly Slater (USA), 38, in front of a capacity hometown crowd to claim the Billabong Pro Santa Catarina.

It was a feat that no rookie had accomplished since 2006 and immediately vault the young goofy-footer into the international spotlight. But where did this all come from? Were you surprised? Australia's Surfing Life (ASL) Magazine's Nick Carroll was well into the story before it even broke and provides and intimate background into South America's next big star. their story...

Were you surprised by Jadson Andre’s victory at Santa Catarina the other day?

Let us dissuade you. Don’t be surprised. Jadson’s win was a historical inevitability. The biggest thing about him is that he is the tip of a huge caiparinha-flavoured iceberg. The world had best get their collective heads out of the sand about Jadson and his numerous super grommet homeboys. They’re so far ahead of the pack it just isn’t funny at all.

Late last year, on assignment from Surfing magazine, your correspondent spent some time surfing up and down the south-east Brazilian coast with Jadson, and had a chance to watch him in that trippy time of a pro surfer’s life just before he steps onto the big stage.

Sharp witted and loose, he happily took the piss out of the visitors. “Give them everything!” he urged lensman Steve Sherman, when Sherm worried about urban crime in Guaruja. “Just empty your pockets! ‘Hi guys, you want money, here! You want my watch? Take it!’” Then cracked up at the expression on Sherm’s face.

He surfed in good natured duels with his Oakley teammate Caio Ibelli – always a short step behind their forerunner and semi hero, Adriano de Souza.

Watching Jadson and his buddies take down their slopey beachbreaks, you can see where that superb air technique comes from; endless days in three to four foot light onshore peaks, juicy enough to propel you down the line yet not so much that you’ll break an ankle in some dredging death-shorie.

Read the full article  by Nick Carroll at ASL

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