Adriano de Souza won the 6 star Billabong Pro in Jeffreys Bay yesterday after having defeated Frenchman Joan Duru in deteriorating conditions at Supertubes.
The wind had swung to the South East and a dropping swell that was broken up from the heavy rain out at sea meant the finalists had to find the right take off spot to get good rides and high scores.
After breaking his surfboard, de Souza ran up the point with a new board and lucked into a bomb with a few minutes left in the heat.
With a score of 7.67 on the final wave of the Billabong Pro, de Souza’s combined tally of 16 points was enough to win the contest.
The defending champion Jordy Smith was knocked out in the round of 16, as was Sean Holmes which left Dale Staples as the lone South African in the quarterfinals.
After a great run in the Billabong Pro, Dale could not get into rhythm and did not get the waves he needed in the quarters and bowed out of the event.
There are strong calls from the local community for the Billabong Pro to be upgraded back to a World Championship Tour event in 2013 as the number of spectators on the beach was disappointing. Greg Emslie, South Africa’s most successful Pro surfer said that it felt like he was going for a free surf when he hit the water for his heat.
“It is cooking Supertubes but were are all the people?” tweeted Emslie who spend over a decade on the World Championship Tour.
Full results can be found at www.billabongpro.com