viernes, 20 de mayo de 2011

Billabong Pro Rio 2011 - Day 4


If Billabong had any second thoughts about the decision to bring its Brazilian event to the bigger crowd, but questionable waves of Rio, those questions were long forgotten as Adriano de Souza sobbed through a dramatic jet-ski victory lap.
The tears were the manifestation of uncontrollable emotion after winning the event in his home country. De Souza had to surf every heat, and eventually bested Taj Burrow in the final. Thousands of Brazilians packed the beach for the historic event.
The story couldn't have been written any better for a Brazilian sports fan, from de Souza losing the non-elimination rounds and having to surf eight heats in front of his passionate supporters, to perhaps the highest-scored floater ever, and a final full of sharp surfing and tactics.
Friday's action included round five through the final. After upsetting 10-time world champ Kelly Slater Thursday, Bobby Martinez kept his run alive by beating Damien Hobgood 14.60-12.63, but fell to Burrow in the quarter. After scoring the highest wave of the event in round four, Joel Parkinson ceded to Jeremy Flores, 16.26-14.43.
De Souza's road to the final included a win over CJ Hobgood, 15.93-11.87. He finished last in the non-elimination round four, but came back to top Tahiti's Michel Bourez, who was coming off the best heat of his life (19.10) by a solid three points. His most interesting heat came in his quarterfinal heat against Owen Wright.
Results and Videos.......
Billabong Rio Pro Final:
1: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 15.63
2: Taj Burrow (AUS) 12.17
Billabong Rio Pro Semifinals :
SF 1: Taj Burrow (AUS) 16.27 def. Jeremy Flores (FRA) 10.50
SF 2: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 9.00 def. Bede Durbidge (AUS) 8.40
Billabong Rio Pro Quarterfinals :
QF 1: Taj Burrow (AUS) 16.26 def. Bobby Martinez (USA) 14.43
QF 2: Jeremy Flores (FRA) 15.60 def. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 12.17
QF 3: Bede Durbidge (AUS) 16.03 def. Josh Kerr (AUS) 6.27
QF 4: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 14.23 def. Owen Wright (AUS) 14.10
Billabong Rio Pro Round 5 :
Heat 1: Bobby Martinez (USA) 14.60 def. Damien Hobgood (USA) 12.63
Heat 2: Jeremy Flores (FRA) 12.60 def. Dan Ross (AUS) 11.63
Heat 3: Bede Durbidge (AUS) 13.43 def. Raoni Monteiro (BRA) 12.67
Heat 4: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 10.73 def. Michel Bourez (PYF) 7.90
Top 10 on the ASP World Title Series After the Billabong Rio Pro:
1. Adriano de Souza (BRA) 20,500
2. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 19,200
3. Kelly Slater (USA) 16,950
4. Taj Burrow (AUS) 16,500
5. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 14,750
6. Owen Wright (AUS) 12,150
7. Michel Bourez (PYF) 12,000
8. Mick Fanning (AUS) 11,500
9. Bede Durbidge (AUS) 11,000
9. Tiago Pires (PRT) 11,000