2 April, 2013 2 April, 2013

Adriano Wins, Jordy Third at Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach

Jordy was drawing beautiful lines on the wide-open rights of Bells Beach.

Jordy was drawing beautiful lines on the wide-open rights of Bells Beach.

Jordy Smith has finished third at the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach, matching his best result at the famed break, where he reached the semi-finals in 2011.

Despite looking like the form surfer throughout the event, Jordy fell to eventual winner Adriano De Souza (BRA) in their semi-final match-up by the smallest of margins – 18.44 to 18.40.

Still, it was an impressive performance by Jordy and like he mentioned in his post-heat interview, Jordy appears to have found that competitive spark again.

“It’s a bummer, but I think the most important thing for me this week is that I found my rhythm again. I’M BACK!” claimed Jordy following his loss to Adriano in the semis. “I’m happy with my performance, you know, I’ve definitely stepped it up in the competitive game for myself. Congratulations Adriano, he surfed a good heat.”

Adriano has added a lot more rail to his repertoire of turns, and it showed at Bells.

Adriano has added a lot more rail to his repertoire of turns, and it showed at Bells.

This result moves Jordy up to seventh in the Dream Tour rankings, with Kelly holding on to the lead by the narrowest of margins over Mick Fanning despite his early exit from the competition.

The tour now moves on to Brazil for the Billabong Rio Pro, an event Adriano must surely be frothing for.

For a re-cap of Jordy’s performance at Bells, check out the heat reviews over here>>

Check out the official press release below


Adriano de Souza Is The Rip Curl Pro 2013 Champion


Adriano de Souza defeated WCT rookie Nat Young in the Final to claim his first-ever Bell trophy.

April 2, 2013 – Adriano de Souza (BRA), 25, has claimed the 2013 Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach presented by Ford over ASP Dream Tour rookie Nat Young (USA), 21, in clean three-to-five foot (1 – 1.5 metre) waves at Bells Beach today.

Event No. 2 of 10 on the 2013 ASP World Championship Tour (WCT), the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach culminated in dramatic fashion Tuesday with the young Brazilian claiming the first South American men’s title in the event’s storied 52-year history.

“This is the most important event on tour to me,” De Souza said. “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. It has been a tough time for me recently. I started 2013 without a sponsor for the first time in many years. I had to believe in myself that a company would believe in me and one did. I have to say thanks to Pena for believing in me. I have a lot of people to thank, but all I want to do right now is ring the bell.”

De Souza’s win today vaults the young South American to ASP WCT No. 4 heading into the third event on tour in Brazil.

“Next stop is at home in Brazil,” De Souza said. “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.”

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

“It was a huge event for me,” Young said. “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. Of course I wanted to win it. I want to ring the bell as much as anyone else on tour. Don’t get to it this year, but a Runner-Up finish is a big result for me and I’ll take that into the next one.”

Nat Young was the form goofyfoot out at the Bells bowl.

Nat Young was the form goofyfoot out at the Bells bowl.

Young’s Runner-Up finish today pushes him to No. 5, tied with reigning ASP World Champion Joel Parkinson (AUS), 31, on the ASP WCT rankings.

Taj Burrow (AUS), 34, perennial ASP World Title threat, continued his blistering Bells Beach run this morning against compatriot Kai Otton (AUS), 33, in the Quarterfinals before coming up short to Young in their Semifinal bout.

“It’s a hard one to take but you can’t give anyone an inch on tour these days,” Burrow said. “Nat (Young) has been surfing so well. He’s a rookie, but he’s really polished and really dangerous. I’ll take a 3rd though and refocus for Brazil.”

Jordy Smith (ZAF), 25, was one of the form surfers at Bells Beach throughout the event window, consistently notching up high-scoring rides. The powerful South African’s run was ended, however, in the Semifinals at the hands of De Souza.

“Definitely disappointed that the score didn’t come in for me at the end,” Smith said. “I really wanted to ring that Bell and felt like I’ve been surfing well all week. Congrats to Adriano (de Souza) though. He’s been ripping. Everyone’s been ripping and there have been some interesting results. Makes the year interesting. I’ll take the momentum into Brazil.”

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

SF 1: Nat Young (USA) 15.10 def. Taj Burrow (AUS) 13.43
SF 2: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 18.44 def. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 18.40

QF 1: Taj Burrow (AUS) 15.50 def. Kai Otton (AUS) 14.50
QF 2: Nat Young (USA) 17.27 def. Willian Cardoso (BRA) 14.83
QF 3: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 14.33 def. Mick Fanning (AUS) 13.76
QF 4: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 16.77 def. Filipe Toledo (BRA) 13.20

CURRENT ASP WCT TOP 5 (Following Completion of Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach):
1. Kelly Slater (USA) 11,750 pts
2. Mick Fanning (AUS) 11,700 pts
2. Taj Burrow (AUS) 11,700 pts
4. Adriano de Souza (BRA) 10,500 pts
=5. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 9,750 pts
=5. Nat Young (USA) 9,750 pts
7. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 8,250 pts

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