Adriano de Souza

Adriano de Souza is currently rated sixth on the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Tour and feels he is ready to make a push for the title.

At only 21 years of age, the Brazilian Standout has two and a half years of ASP Dream Tour experience under his belt, not to mention the fact that he won the ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS) series by a greater margin than any other ASP WQS Series winner in history back in 2005 and was also the youngest ASP Pro Junior Champion at the age of 16 in 2004.

It’s safe to say that this Brazilian wunderkind is nothing short of prodigious and now de Souza feels that the next essential step in claiming the title of ASP World Champion is to move from his home in Guaruja Sao Paulo, Brazil to San Clemente, California.

“That is my plan,” De Souza said. “One day I want to be the World Champ and I have to move from my home to do it. I’ll be able to do more training in America and hopefully I can put it together next year.”

The high-flying Brazilian feels that the move to San Clemente will be a multifaceted improvement for his career aside from training for the title. De Souza feels that the move to the States will bring him closer to his sponsors and put him at the heart of the surf industry.

“Here in America I have everything,” De Souza said. “All of the support of the magazines and the industry. I can build a better relationship with my sponsors and I’m going to be surfing Trestles, so it will be good exposure for me.”

At this point, the only thing holding de Souza back is the paperwork. The ASP World Tour campaigner is working closely with his sponsors to get his papers in a timely fashion so he can start his new regiment towards his ASP World Title campaign as quickly as possible.

“I have to wait for my visa to come through,” De Souza said. “I was with the Oakley team and those guys are going to organize my visa so I’ll definitely be living here by the end of this year.”

Adriano de Souza will continue his charge on this year’s ASP World Tour at the upcoming Quiksilver Pro France, running from September 19-28, 2008.

Melanie Bartels

Melanie Bartels (HAW), 26, has won the 2008 Billabong Girls Pro Rio, defeating fellow finalist Sofia Mulanovich (PER), 25, in rifling four foot (1.5 metre) barrels at Barra da Tijuca in Rio de Janeiro today.

Event No. 4 of 8 on the 2008 ASP Women's World Tour, the Billabong Girls Pro Rio survived through a grueling five-day lay period to culminate in excellent conditions today, with the ASP Top 17 putting in some of the best performances in ASP history.

Bartels, who rockets up from 14th to 6th on the 2008 ASP Women's World Tour, collects her second career Dream Tour win (her first as a full-time member) with today's victory at the Billabong Girls Pro Rio.

“It's an amazing feeling and I'm just overwhelmed right now,” Bartels said. “My last win was in 2006 as a wildcard at Sunset so to be able to come out on top today, in these conditions, is really special. The waves started to deteriorate towards the end, but I was able to grab a couple of scores against Sofia (Mulanovich) and I was really just surfing my own heat out there and doing my own thing. I was having fun.”

The Hawaiian, who was unable to make the second event of the season, has rebounded in spectacular form today, defeating the reigning ASP Women's World Champion during the Semifinals in what some are calling the best heat in women's professional surfing history (19.00 def.18.50) before taking down Mulanovich in the Final.

“After that Semifinal with Steph (Gilmore) I was filled with a lot of confidence,” Bartels said. “The waves pumped for that heat and we were trading barrel after barrel. That's the most fun I've had in a heat in a long time. I had a tough start to the year with sponsors and results, but that just made me really hungry and after today, I'm really looking forward to the rest of the year.”

Mulanovich, who solidifies her position at No. 2 on the ASP Women's World Tour ratings with today's runner up finish, continues to collect consistent results in 2008 with her third Finals appearance of the season.

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ISA World Surfing Games

The ISA World Surfing Games, one of the most important surf competitions, are less than one month away. The host Portuguese beaches are already feeling the great spectacle that is soon to be: the ISA World Surfing Games that will happen from October 11-19 in the beautiful waves of Costa de Caparica.

Approximately 300 surfers from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, France, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, New Zealand, Panama, Peru, Puerto Rico, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, Tahiti, Trinidad and Tobago, United States, Uruguay and the host nation, Portugal, will dispute medals in the following categories:

Open Men –four members per team-
Open Women –two members per team-
Bodyboard Men -two members per team-
Bodyboard Women –one member per team
Longboard - one member per team-

An Olympic style spirit will be celebrated during a week-long competition. Participants will be giving all they can for the honor of defending the colors of their countries, and to obtain the greatest glory a surfer or a country can gain: the gold medal in the main event for surfing Federations of the world.

Surfing nations will come together for the twentieth time to test their abilities to show who is more developed in surfing standards.

Worldwide colors will parade in Costa de Caparica, signaling peace and comradeship among the nations of the world and showing during a surfing event that a better world is possible.

ISA President, Fernando Aguerre, anxiously and happily awaiting the event, commented: "We are very happy and honored to bring the ISA World Surfing Games to Portugal for the second time in history. The first time was in 1998. The Portuguese Federation and the event producer, Natural Factor, shaped a superb ISA World Junior Surfing Championship in 2007. We are very confident in their ability to deliver a top level event. I'm sure that all delegations will be enjoying the Portuguese hospitality and friendship."

After parading their banners throughout the streets of Costa de Caparica, surfing athletes will participate in the Sands of the World Ceremony, where sands from all the beaches of the universe are mixed, symbolizing that through surfing, all countries can live in a peaceful and friendly environment.

To bear in mind
The defending champions are:

-Jordy Smith from South Africa in Open Men
-Julia Christian of the United Status in Open Women
-Manuel Centeno of Portugal in Bodyboard Men
-Kira Llewellyn from Australia in Bodyboard Women
-Mathew Moir from South Africa in Longboard

History
The first World Championship happened in 1964 in Sydney, Australia and was won by the native Bernard “Midget” Farrelly among the men and his countrywomen Phyllis O´Donnell.
From then on, fifteen World Championships were held. In the beginning, and until 1976, they were organized by the International Surfing Federation – ISF. From there onwards, the International Surfing Association supervised the world championships.

In 1996, to demonstrate that surfing can be part of the Olympic Games, ISA President Fernando Aguerre created the concept and name World Surfing Games, in which the best surfers of every country in the world confront each other in a single event, establishing the different world champions and the Surfing Medal Board that designates the most developed surfing nation.

Champion Nations:
2006 –Huntington Beach, United States-: Australia
2004 –Salinas, Ecuador-: Australia
2002 –Durban, South Africa-: South Africa
2000 –Maracaípe, Brazil-: Brazil
1998 –Carcavelos, Portugal-: Australia
1996 –Huntington Beach, United States -: United States
The Arena: Costa de Caparica

Costa de Caparica is a 13-km long coastline located in the central Portuguese shore, half hour away from Lisbon International Airport.
It is a chain of very consistent left and right beach breaks strangled in some beaches by wharfs. It receives swells from the South and West and their different variations. It starts to break with waves half-a-meter high and above, and supports up to 8-feet swells.

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