Adriano De Souza (Brazil) and Carissa Moore (Hawaii) have taken out the ASP 6-Star QS divisions at the Hurley Australian Open of Surfing at Manly Beach today. The best waves of the event set the stage on the final day, with three foot (1.5 meter) runners rolling into the Manly shoreline that was packed with dedicated surf fans, braving the rain with umbrellas, towels and raincoats.
De Souza shut the door in the final in the first few minutes, nailing a pair of 8-point-rides that would stay in his scoreline until the Final siren sounded. De Souza put himself in the perfect position, put pressure on Wilson and most importantly when the waves came through he surfed fast and hard and with loads of flair.
"It feels amazing to be the first Brazilian to win the Hurley Australian Open of Surfing!" De Souza said. "I've got so much respect for Julian Wilson, he's number six in the world and the best guy in the event. I was lucky that he fell off a few times in the final. It's great to have the support from the Brazilian guys in the event and the fans on the beach. It's the perfect start to my year."
Wilson has had the spotlight on him from Day 1 of the Hurley Australian Open of Surfing, he's the number one seed, it's his sponsor's event and his surfing has been near-flawless. In the Final it all fell apart, De Souza got two quick scores and then a massive southerly wind squall came through, bringing wind and heavy rain. Wilson never gave up, knowing he had to go big he attempted multiple big aerials, but wasn't able to land them.
FINAL: Adriano De Souza (BRA) 17.20 def. Julian Wilson (AUS)
SF 1: Julian Wilson (AUS) 15.00 def. Tomas Hermes (BRA) 14.33
SF 2: Adriano De Souza (BRA) 17.40 def. Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 10.53
QF 1: Julian Wilson (AUS) 13.63 def. Peterson Crisanto (BRA) 13.03
QF 2: Tomas Hermes (BRA) 13.33 def. Jeremy Flores (FRA) 13.17
QF 3: Adriano De Souza (BRA) 15.77 def. Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 14.33
QF 4: Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 16.53 def. Bede Durbidge (AUS) 16.16
FINAL: Carissa Moore (HAW) 17.10 def. Alessa Quizon (HAW) 15.80
SF 1: Carissa Moore (HAW) 9.94 def. Maud Le Car (FRA) 9.56
SF 2: Alessa Quizon (HAW) 14.90 def. Malia Manuel (HAW) 12.60
QF 1: Carissa Moore (HAW) 16.33 def. Leila Hurst (HAW) 5.10
QF 2: Maud Le Car (FRA) 12.70 def. Georgia Fish (AUS) 12.67
QF 3: Alessa Quizon (HAW) 15.50 def. Nage Melamed (HAW) 12.60
QF 4: Malia Manuel (HAW) 17.90 def. Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 12.00
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