Adriano de Souza: making history at Bells Beach

Adriano de Souza has taken out the 2013 Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach, after beating Nat Young, in the clean three-to-five foot (1 – 1.5 metre) Australian waves.


Adriano de Souza is the first South American to win the event, held for the first time 52 year ago.

"This is the most important event on tour to me. Guys like Andy Irons, Kelly Slater, my hero Mick Fanning, they have all rung the Bell. I have been coming here a lot of years. I love the place", says De Souza.

An emotional Adriano de Souza said the win was a dream come true after he rang the Bell Trophy so hard it broke.

"Next stop is at home in Brazil". I feel comfortable at home, but there is also pressure to perform. I am going to enjoy this win, recharge for the next one and hopefully I can keep it going", the Brazilian added.

Young, the rookie goofy-footer from California’s Santa Cruz, posted a career-best result, wowing spectators and competitors alike with his run to the Finals.

"It was a huge event for me. Just to be in the field is a dream for me. I’ve looked up to the surfers in this event my whole life. The event has such a history behind it and I was honestly just excited to be here. Making the Final, I don’t even have words for it", Young underlined.

Taj Burrow and Jordy Smith fell in the Semifinals, as the 2013 ASP World Championship Tour (WCT) heads to the Billabong Rio Pro, from May 8th-19th.

2013 Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Final:

1. Adriano de Souza (BRA) 16.26
2. Nat Young (USA) 15.83