In 2005, Brazilian Adriano de Souza won the ASP World Qualifying Series by the widest margin in history. That win took him into his first year on the ASP World Tour where he finished an impressive 18th and was named ASP World Tour Rookie of the Year. Since then, he has become one of the most ferocious competitors the sport has ever seen, with consistent top ten overall finishes since 2008. Major victories include wins at the 2009, 2011 and 2012 Billabong Pros, the 2011 Rip Curl Pro and a second-placed finish at the 2012 Quiksilver Pro. However, his greatest result came when he was crowned the 2013 Rip Curl Pro Overall Champion, making history as the first Brazilian man ever to win the competition. Born on 13th February 1987 in Guaruja, Sao Paulo, ‘Mineirinho’ rode his first wave at eight years old and within two years was already competing. He first came to the attention of the surf world at the Billabong ASP World Junior Championships in 2003, when, at the age of 16, he defeated opponents four years his senior and was named the youngest ever ASP World Junior Champion. Surfing with a regular stance, Adriano is loved by audiences around the globe for riding each wave like it was his last. Although his style is more conducive to smaller beachbreaks, he is beginning to show his rivals that he can also handle big wave surf, giving his country hope that he has what it takes to become world champion in the near future.
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