De Souza surfs to victory at Margaret River

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SHOWS: MARGARET RIVER, WESTERN AUSTRALIA, AUSTRALIA (APRIL 24, 2015) (WORLD SURF LEAGUE VNR-FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY) 1. ADRIANO DE SOUZA RIDES WAVE IN FINAL HEAT 2. JOHN JOHN FLORENCE WIPES OUT AT

De Souza surfs to victory at Margaret River

SHOWS: MARGARET RIVER, WESTERN AUSTRALIA, AUSTRALIA (APRIL 24, 2015) (WORLD SURF LEAGUE VNR-FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY)

1. ADRIANO DE SOUZA RIDES WAVE IN FINAL HEAT

2. JOHN JOHN FLORENCE WIPES OUT AT THE END OF HIS RIDE IN FINAL HEAT

3. FLORENCE RIDES ANOTHER WAVE IN FINAL HEAT

4. DE SOUZA RIDES WAVE FOR A 8.93 IN FINAL HEAT

5. DE SOUZA CELEBRATING AFTER RIDE

6. DE SOUZA CARRIED ONTO BEACH

7. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ADRIANO DE SOUZA SAYING:

“It’s such an honor, you know, to put my name on the stairs. Every morning when I come down and see all the names over there and I wish so much that my name would be there someday, but. . .[that it would] be in 2015, I’m so happy and, yeah. I want to say that John John is one of the crazy, talented [surfers] we have on tour and we had a blast at there, unfortunately, I think [for him], I’m going to bring the trophy home.”

8. DE SOUZA HOLDING TROPHY

STORY: Adriano de Souza of Brazil won the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro on Friday (April 24) outduelling Hawaiian John John Florence in the final.

The win was the fifth victory on tour for the ten-year veteren. It catapults de Souza to the top of the rankings of the World Surf League Championship Tour after three events this season.

The main break at Margaret River brought perfect conditions for the final heat. It was the third time de Souza and Florence had met face to face with the pair splitting their previous match-ups, one apiece.

De Souza won with two rides at 8.93 and 8.60 for a 17.53 score total score for the final. Florence tallied a 7.87 on the second of his first two rides that saw him fall at the end each time, and then landed a near-perfect 9.00 ride to pull within striking distance of de Souza before time expired on the final heat giving the Brazilian the win.

De Souza previously eliminated Taj Burrow (AUS) and 11-time World Champion Kelly Slater (USA) on his way to the Final.

The next stop on tour is the Oi Rio Pro next month in Rio de Janiero.

Drug Aware Margaret River Pro Men’s Final Results:

1: Adriano de Souza (BRA) – 17.53

2: John John Florence (HAW) – 16.87

Drug Aware Margaret River Pro Men’s Semifinal Results:

SF 1: John John Florence (HAW) 16.87 def. Nat Young (USA) 12.90

SF 2: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 13.66 def. Taj Burrow (AUS) 13.27

Samsung Galaxy World Surf League Championship Tour Rankings 2015 After Event 3:

1. Adriano de Souza (BRA)

2. Mick Fanning (AUS)

3. Felipe Toledo (BRA)

4. Julian Wilson (AUS)

5. Nat Young (USA)

6. Taj Burrow (AUS)

7. Josh Kerr (AUS)

8. John John Florence (HAW)

9. = Kelly Slater (USA), Jordy Smith (ZAF), Owen Wright (AUS)

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