Last year in Brazil it was Kelly Slater matching up against Brazil’s favorite son, Adriano de Souza, in the finals. Meager surf, cold weather, no bikinis on the beach, no major surf company backing, and a shitty webcast all equated to a majority of the surf world seriously questioning why Brazil remains a World Tour event.
This year though Billabong picked up the sponsorship, the ASP moved up the date, bikinis could be found, and there was actually fun looking surf throughout the contest.
“I’ve actually had a really fun trip, and I’ve been getting real fun surf, too,” semi-finalist Dane Reynolds stated to webcast interviewer GT as the finalists ran down to the beach to get in the Atlantic Ocean.
Kelly vs. Brazil again this year in the finals. Except this year a younger, more exciting surfer replaced Adriano as Kelly’s opponent—Jadson Andre, who is coincidentally Adriano’s travel partner. And of course Kelly did not win this year, though he did overtake the World Title Race ratings lead with his runner-up finish. The 37-year-old can still hang with the younger generation, having been the only person over 25 in the semis and beyond.
Brazil was still inconsistent throughout the Billabong Pro, and the survivors of inconsistency were in the final. But when waves did come through they presented high scoring, high-flying lines.
But there was a restart during the final. It showed the inconsistency of Brazil, like Adriano’s surfing, because the more consistent Jadson Andre took over the title of Brazil’s greatest hope today I believe. As Dane noted, “I don’t think I’ve ever seen Jadson fall on an air reverse.”
“I’ve been waiting for this day for a long time. This is the best day of my life,” Jadson stated with a Skol in hand as he stood in front of thousands of his countrymen cheering his name.
Jadson is a flash of energy. Within the first five minutes of his semi-finals heat against Dane he had Dane comboed with a 7.17 and an 8.70. Air reverses are his game, as we’ve known. He probably landed over 100+ in his heats at the Billabong Pro Santa Catarina. But he also displayed a stylish carve on the longer lefts that Praia Da Vila offered from time to time.
Jadson’s first World Tour victory, and against the world’s greatest competitive surfer of all-time avenged Brazil’s loss last year to the 9-time World Champ. The youngest surfer on Tour versus the oldest. A rookie had not won an event since Bobby Martinez did in 2006.
“I’ve been waiting for this day for a long time. This is the best day of my life,” Jadson stated with a Skol in hand as he stood in front of thousands of his countrymen cheering his name. It is a national holiday in Brazil tonight because Brazil has a new great hope for a World Title one day.
And with the waves offering high-flying action, nice weather on tap, and a Brazilian trumping Kelly this year, Brazil and the ASP have proven us wrong in saying that Brazil should not be on Tour.—Ryan Brower
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BILLABONG SANTA CATARINA PRO FINAL RESULTS:
1 – Jadson Andre (BRA) 14.40
2 – Kelly Slater (USA) 14.00
BILLABONG SANTA CATARINA PRO SEMIFINAL RESULTS:
SF 1: Jadson Andre (BRA) 17.70 def. Dane Reynolds (USA) 16.67
SF 2: Kelly Slater (USA) 13.50 def. Owen Wright (AUS) 10.56
BILLABONG SANTA CATARINA PRO QUARTERFINAL RESULTS:
QF 1: Jadson Andre (BRA) 15.50 def. Michel Bourez (PYF) 15.27
QF 2: Dane Reynolds (USA) 14.27 def. C.J. Hobgood (USA) 13.17
QF 3: Owen Wright (AUS) 13.34 def. Taylor Knox (USA) 12.43
QF 4: Kelly Slater (USA) 15.43 def. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 13.87
BILLABONG SANTA CATARINA PRO REMAINING ROUND 4 RESULTS:
Heat 5: Taylor Knox (USA) 15.93 def. Mick Fanning (AUS) 14.83
Heat 6: Owen Wright (AUS) 13.60 def. Jeremy Flores (FRA) 8.90
Heat 7: Kelly Slater (USA) 13.27 def. Chris Davidson (AUS) 12.00
Heat 8: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 13.00 def. Roy Powers (HAW) 8.50
CURRENT ASP WORLD TOUR TOP 5 (After Brazil):
1 – Kelly Slater (USA) 21750 pts
2 – Jordy Smith (ZAF) 18500 pts
3 – Taj Burrow (AUS) 18250 pts
4 – Mick Fanning (AUS) 15500 pts
4 – Jadson Andre (BRA) 15500 pts
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