- 13 July 2012 | Surfing
Adriano de Souza has added the Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay to his collection of trophies, after defeating French surfer Joan Duru in small wave conditions at the famous South African surf break.
Although smaller than the absolute perfection that persisted throughout the first three days of competition, there were still excellent, high-scoring waves coming through and the remaining competitors were throwing it down on the fast, lined up Supertubes walls.
"I’ve come to South Africa and to Jeffreys Bay for so many years, and have always seen the guys win the Billabong Pro, and now it’s my turn," said Adriano. "I’m just so happy, and I’m going to remember this win for my whole life. J-Bay is a special place for me and hopefully see you again next year."
In the first semi-final it was Adriano De Souza against Ezekiel Lau with the young Brazilian blasting his way through the heat and earning his spot in the final.
The second semi-final was a one-sided affair between Duru and Aritz Aranburu, with Duru winning the heat comfortably and heading on to the final.
By the time the final heat paddled out, the bad weather that the contest organisers had been tracking all week was upon the competitors. With the onshore wind up and the rain falling, the two competitors went tooth and nail, with Duru quickly scoring a 9.27 out of a possible 10 points, showing that the conditions were still extremely contestable.
After one particular wave Adriano De Souza lost a fin on the shallow inside rocks and chose to do a runaround, picking up his back up board in the process. Adriano slipped back into the line-up and picked up a nice little wave from way up the point that opened up for him and allowed him to score an 8.33 and victory.
The Nixon Winner Takes All prize of a US$10,000 jewel-encrusted Nixon watch for the highest heat score of the event went to Nathan Hedge for his incredible 19.27 score in the first round of the event.
"What a sick prize," said Nathan. "A few years ago I was in the final with AI and he needed a ten to beat me and he got it, so maybe it was AI who sent me the ten this year."