Current ASP World No. 4 Adriano de Souza (BRA) proved victorious today, defeating countryman Marcelo Trekinho (BRA) to claim the 2008 Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Qualifying Series (WQS) 5-Star Billabong Surf ECO Festival at Praia do Forte.

Defeating both Nathaniel Curran (USA) and Shaun Cansdell (AUS) en route to his Finals berth, De Souza ensured a Brazilian champion today. In the all-Brazilian final against Trekinho, Adriano had the best performance of the day, securing a 9.73 out of a possible 10, totaling a 17.40 out of a possible 20.

“I am so happy with my result here,” De Souza said. “I am so excited because this is the second event that I compete in Bahia as a professional surfer. This is my second victory here and I want this feeling forever.”

“Now my focus is on the ASP Women’s World Tour,” De Souza continued. “I’ll come soon on J-Bay (South Africa) to training a lot. I want to keep my level on top and stay on first positions.”

Runner-Up Trekinho enjoyed one of the best results of his career and greatly improved his standing on the ASP WQS.

“I didn’t compete in some events and now my plan is had a good result here,” Tekinho said. “I started in a good way, with a great result. I wasn’t the best surfer in the event but I surfed in all my heats with intelligence and relaxed. On final de Souza had a best performance and got two good waves on heat.”

BILLABONG SURF ECO FESTIVAL – FINAL
Adriano de Souza (BRA) champion - scores 9,73 e 7,67 – US$ 12.000 and 2.000 pontos
Marcelo Trekinho (BRA) runner up - scores 6,17 e 5,83 - US$ 6.000 and 1.750 pontos

SEMIFINALS:
Semifinals 1: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 15.50 x 12.30 Nathaniel Curran (USA)
Semifinals 2: Marcelo Trekinho (BRA) 13.67 x 12.06 Ricardo Ferreira (BRA)

Source: ASP World Tour