Willian Cardoso: white angel of Brazilian surfing

Willian Cardoso has claimed the Burton Toyota Pro 2012, after beating his fellow Brazilian opponent Filipe Toledo, at the Newcastle Surfest, in Australia. Cardoso takes home the Mark Richards trophy in a four-foot surf day.


In the Final, Toledo was penalised with a priority interference after dropping in on Cardoso without holding priority. The surfer who has priority gets to take any wave of their choosing and has unconditional right of way on their chosen wave.

Under ASP rules when a surfer receives a priority interference only one score is counted towards their heat total and their opponent counts two. Watch the final highlights of the Burton Pro.

Toledo still held the lead until the dying minutes thanks to a monster air-reverse that scored a 9.50 (out of a possible 10), until Cardoso's power gouges saw him earn a heat total of 10.61 (out of a possible 20) and surpass Toledo to claim victory.

"I'm really, really happy!" Cardoso said. "I was here and came 5th when Adriano (De Souza) won. This is so amazing for me! I was really, really nervous when Filipe (Toledo) scored the interference. I only needed a small score and I kept falling. Then I got that 7-point-ride and I knew that I had won and I was so happy."

Toledo who posted the event's only perfect 10-point-ride in the Semifinals, scored a near perfect 9.50 (out of a possible 10) in the final, but was overtaken by Cardoso's top two rides. Toledo has built up a name for himself at this event, with competitors, judges and spectators in awe of the young Brazilian's aerial skills.

"I didn't see him there when I got the interference," Toledo said. "It's disappointing, but I'm happy to get 2nd in an all Brazilian Final. It's good for my seeding because I want to do more ASP Star events this year. I really like doing airs, I've been training a lot and it's working for me."

Burton Toyota Pro 2012 Final:
Willian Cardoso (BRA) 10.16 def. Filipe Toledo (BRA) 9.50