Adriano de Souza wins the 2017 Oi Rio Pro

May 17, 2017 | Surfing
Adriano de Souza: there's nothing like winning in Brazil | Photo: Poullenot/WSL

Adriano de Souza conquered the 2017 Oi Rio Pro, in Saquarema, Brasil.

The Brazilian surfer defeated Adrian Buchan in a nail-biting final held in front of a large crowd of fans. The six-to-eight foot waves on offer at Itaúna delivered the perfect conditions for a tactical battle.

"It's been a long time since I've been up here, but I'm so happy to win here in front of this crowd," expressed an emotional De Souza, who hadn't won a Championship Tour event since the 2015 Pipe Masters.

Adriano started strong with two good waves, but Buchan answered back with a near-perfect 9.20. The Brazilian played the patience game and confirmed the triumph with a ride under the Australian's priority.

"I have been working for so long to be here. I am so grateful for all the support, especially all the fans here in Brazil. You can count on me because I am back in the game."

The 2015 World Surf League champion closed the gap between himself and the rankings leader, John John Florence. Adriano de Souza and Jordy Smith share the second place and are just 350 points behind the Hawaiian.

The world's best surfers will now travel to the South Pacific for the 2017 Outerknown Fiji Pro.

2017 Oi Rio Pro | Final

1. Adriano de Souza (BRA) 17.63
2. Adrian Buchan (AUS) 17.23