Aussie Adrian ‘Ace’ Buchan’s biggest surfing triumph came at the 2008 Quiksilver Pro France event in Hossegor, where he beat all-time great Kelly Slater 15.74 to 15.16 in the final in one of the biggest upsets in the history of the sport. Later in the year, he showed his triumph was no fluke with a third place at the Billabong Pro Mundaka, and he finished the season sixth overall.
In 2009, he finished a disappointing 23rd in the standings, but his form picked up in 2010 with a third place at the Quiksilver Pro France event and he finished the World Tour in seventh place. In 2013 he beat Kelly Slater once again to take his second tour victory, this time at the Billabong Pro Tahiti at Teahupo’o. After the win, he rocketed up the ASP WCT rankings from 18th to tenth.
Born on 21st September 1982 at Avoca Beach, New South Wales, Adrian was introduced to the ocean by his father Ian at the age of four. By the time he was 14, he had been crowned World Junior Champion in the under-16 division, and two years later he won the same title at under-18 level. He also won the Australian Pro Junior Championships in 2000 and 2001.
Adrian is a goofy-footer whose favourite manoeuvres are phenomenally deep forehand barrels and who possesses an unstoppable backhand snap. Honing his skills on his favourite wave back home at Avoca Point, there is no doubt that he has the ability to beat the very best.
- Age: 31
- Height: 1.74m
- Weight: 75kg
- Nationality: Australia