Adriano De Souza has added the ASP 6 Star Hurley Australian Open of Surfing to his already impressive list of victories, defeating fellow FCS team mate Julian Wilson.
Manly Beach in Sydney produced fun, contestable waves for the final day of competition, and the Brazilian godfather of professional surfing was unmatched for his speed and the intensity of his turns, riding the FCS II Carver Medium fin.
From his opening heat De Souza built momentum as he progressed through the draw unleashing an impressive arsenal of rail carves, critical snaps and huge airs.
Post victory Adriano had this to say. “I’m so pumped to win this contest, I love surfing these beach breaks and it’s a great way to kick off 2014. I’ve just starting working with Channel Islands Surfboards, and the model I was riding has lots of rocker so it worked perfectly with the FCS II Carver fin. I could push really hard through my turns and feel in control.”
Julian Wilson, the number one seed and crowd favourite for the event, also produced some mind blowing surfing during the week, landing huge airs and dropping the highest heat score of the contest. Jules was riding Performance Glass (PG) prototypes of his new FCS II template, and was humble in defeat.
“Congrats to Adriano, he got off to a great start in the final; in contrast I struggled to find any decent waves. I’m still happy with my performance this week, my equipment is feeling great and I’m ready for a big year.”
The FCS II domination of the Australian Open of Surfing continued in the Men’s Pro Junior division with Aussie team rider Jacob Wilcox defeating European rising star LeoFioravanti.
In a close final match up Jacob got the edge riding Mick Fanning’s soon to be released FCS II signature fin, the MF Medium. And like Adriano, Leo was riding the Carver Medium, which is one of 4 fin templates in the FCS II Essential Series.
Adriano and Julian currently fill the top two positions on the ASP World Qualifying Series ratings, and based on current form, should also be considered legitimate world title contenders this year.