Adriano de Souza (BRA) claimed a passionate victory at the Oi Rio Pro presented by Corona, after beating Adrian Buchan (AUS) in six-to-eight foot (2 – 2.5 metre) conditions at Praia de Itaúna in Saquarema.
2015 WSL Champion De Souza will now move up to second place on the Jeep Leaderboard, just 350 points behind World No. 1 John John Florence (HAW), heading into Fiji. De Souza’s win today is his seventh victory on the elite Championship Tour and second win in his home country of Brazil.
“It has been a while since I have stepped onto the podium,” De Souza said.
“But, I have been working for so long to be here. I am so grateful for all the support, especially all the fans here in Brazil. You can count on me because I am back in the game.”
De Souza looked in fantastic form throughout this event with wins in every heat leading up to the Final. The Brazilian has been one to watch throughout the Australian leg and today’s win in Saquarema strengthens his World Title campaign with his best result of the 2017 season.
Tyler Wright (AUS) claimed victory at the Oi Rio Women’s Pro presented by Corona, after defeating Johanne Defay (FRA) in an intense Final at the celebrated Praia de Itaúna in Saquarema.
Wright’s victory is her first of the 2017 season and third in Rio de Janeiro (2013, 2016, 2017), which earns her a place in the record books alongside Australian legend Pauline Menczer for tied wins at this event. In addition, the feat boosts Wright to the top of the Jeep Leaderboard. The Reigning WSL Champion will now share the coveted Jeep Leader Jersey with six-time WSL Champion Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) heading into the OK Fiji Pro.
“It is sick to be sharing the Jeep Leader Jersey with Steph [Gilmore],” said Wright.
“It is going to be a good year. It has always been a part of my plan after the Australian leg to be in this position. I am feeling really good. It is cool to be working on stuff over the last year and put it into action. Thanks to everybody. I also want to wish my mom a Happy Mother’s Day!”
Wright surfed through every heat of the Oi Rio Women’s Pro to defend her event title against a tough field of competitors, including 2017 World Title contender Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) in the Semifinals and Defay in the Final.
The next stop on the 2017 WSL CT will be the Outerknown Fiji Women’s Pro May 28 – June 2, 2017, followed by the Outerknown Men’s Fiji Pro from June 4 – 16, 2017.
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Oi Rio Pro Men’s Final Results:
1 – Adriano de Souza (BRA) 17.63
2 – Adrian Buchan (AUS) 17.23
Oi Rio Pro Men’s Semifinal Results:
SF 1: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 17.97 def. Yago Dora (BRA) 11.97
SF 2: Adrian Buchan (AUS) 16.97 def. Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 11.60
2017 WSL Men’s Jeep Leaderboard (After Oi Rio Pro):
1 – John John Florence (HAW) 24,750 points
2 – Jordy Smith (ZAF) 24,400 points
2 – Adriano de Souza (BRA) 24,400 points
2 – Owen Wright (AUS) 24,400 points
5 – Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 16,750 points
Oi Rio Women’s Pro Final Results:
1 – Tyler Wright (AUS) 17.17
2 – Johanne Defay (FRA) 13.20
Oi Rio Women’s Pro Semifinal Results:
SF 1: Johanne Defay (FRA) 14.33 def. Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 13.37
SF 2: Tyler Wright (AUS) 17.87 def. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 13.77
2017 WSL Women’s Jeep Leaderboard (After Oi Rio Women’s Pro):
1 – Tyler Wright (AUS) 29,700 pts
1 – Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 29,700 pts
3 – Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 28,200 pts
4 – Johanne Defay (FRA) 23,000 pts
5 – Courtney Conlogue (USA) 21,800 pts