- 20 March 2012 | Surfing
Adriano de Souza, Heitor Alves, Miguel Pupo, Raoni Monteiro, Gabriel Medina, Alejo Muniz, Jadson Andre, Willian Cardoso and Thiago Camarao are playing the big surfing game at the 2012 ASP World Tour.
In the last decade, Brazilian surfing has become a major player in the world's biggest wave riding circuit, with a growing number of surfers winning and reaching the highest honors.
So, is Brazil preparing to take over and dominate the sport of surfing? The pro elite has always been dominated by two anglophone countries - USA and Australia - and only a few countries had the opportunity to challenge the English superiority - South Africa, Portugal, France, UK, among others.
Brazilian surfers have been working better to bring their surfing skills to a maximum level of performance. There are several factors that may explain the rise of surfers like Adriano de Souza and Jadson Andre.
The number of WQS events held in the land of samba has steadily increased in the last ten years. From Fernando Noronha to Rio de Janeiro, official ASP surf contest flourish everywhere. At the same time, local surfers are winning these competitions.
The Brazilian surf industry is more powerful than ever and is currently addressing its products to a worldwide market. More revenues bring more sponsorship deals.
Brazilian surfers have also understood the importance of surf coaching and of professional sports specialists in the development of highly competitive international surf circus. Today, a Brazilian grom from Santa Catarina knows he can reach the ASP World Tour with commitment, training and desire. Look at Gabriel Medina. He's only 18 years old.
Brazilian surfers are traveling more and they know they can win a surf contest in Australia, New York, Fiji, Ericeira or Biarritz. In the last months, Brazilian surfers have been collecting trophies. Literally.
Finally, add a natural talent to surfing, outstanding training fields and a Latin feel that they can do it. For now, the only doubt is: who will be the first Brazilian world surfing champion? Adriano de Souza or Gabriel Medina? The question will certainly be answered before 2020.