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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The International Surfing Association is proud to present "For a Better Surfing Future", the first ever ISA movie. It features the life of the five 2007 ISA Individual Scholarship Program recipients: Juninho Urcia from Peru, Imani Wilmot from Jamaica, Guillermo Satt from Chile, Diego Vargas from Ecuador and Lungani Memani from South Africa.

This is the story of five young surfers and their dreams, struggling in countries where the odds of success are stacked against them. Five local directors give us an inside look of the day to day lives of those who follow the great dream of becoming professional surfers.

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