Julian Wilson (Coolum, AUS) proved to be the form surfer of the day, claiming victory at ASP Grade-4 Nike 6.0 Pier Pressure pres. by Jack’s Surfboards, in improved two-to-three foot (1 metre) peaky conditions over Stuart Kennedy (Lennox Head AUS), Chris Salisbury (Newport, AUS) and Andrew Doheny (Newport Beach, CA).

This ASP Grade-4 Pro Junior event was the first in the nation’s history, offering more ratings points than any other event and providing a crucial venue for surfers looking to qualify for the Billabong ASP World Junior Championships.

Wilson wasted no time in the final, acquiring two solid scores in the opening minutes to put his fellow finalists on the ropes, topping off a flawless run of competition which saw him win each heat from Round 1.

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American Shaun Ward has survived a heavy field of top Brazilian talent to claim the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Qualifying Series (WQS) Local Motion Guaruja Surf Pro, bolting up the ratings from 77th to 30th with his impressive win.

Ward’s victory came as no easy feat as the natural-footer dispatched of Brazilians Tomas Hermes and Andre Silva before besting Simao Romao (BRA) in the Final.

“I have never been in an ASP WQS 5-Star before and I am so happy to be here,” Ward said. “I never imagined I could’ve won, but I worked hard every day to make it happen. It’s a dream come true.”

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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.”

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