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Adriano de Souza and Carissa Moore win the Hurley Australian Open

Translation: Heido Sundstrom

Brazilian competitor, Adriano de Souza, wins the first 6-Star Hurley Australian Open this past weekend at Manly Beach in Sydney, Australia.

During the competition, the conditions weren’t the greatest and smaller waves were the norm. The day of the final, however, the conditions improved, giving good opportunity for the best surfers of the competition, Adriano de Souza and Julian Wilson, to put on a good show.

De Souza managed to go up with the status of his two best waves, scoring an 8.33 and 8.87 while Australian surfer, Julian Wilson, tried tricks with a high degree of difficulty but couldn’t quite land them, scoring a 4.67 and a 3.67 for his two best waves, which weren’t enough to top the Brazilian surfer.

“It feels amazing to be the first Brazilian to win the Australia Hurley Surfing Open,” commented de Souza, who last year also won an unprecedented victory for Brazil in the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach. “I have great respect for Julian Wilson, who is 1st in the world ranking and one of the best surfers in the event. I was lucky to get good waves at the start and I want to thank all the Brazilian locals and fans at the beach. It’s a perfect way to start the year for me.”

Meanwhile, the ladies also fought for the title of this event and it was current world champion and contest favorite, Carissa Moore, that confirmed all odds and also won the prestigious event.

During the final, Moore faced off against Hawaiian competitor, Alessa Quizon, who put up a fight and scored a 15.80 against Moore’s 17.10 score.

ASP 6-Star Hurley Australian Open Results
Men’s Results
1. Adriano de Souza (BRA) with 17.20 points (8.87+8.33) - $25,000 and 3,500 points
2. Julian Wilson (AUS) with 8.34 points (4.67+3.67) - $12,500 and 2,640 points
3. Tomas Hermes (BRA) and Patrick Gudauskas (USA) $6,150 and 2,080 points

Women’s Results
1. Carissa Moore (HAW) with 17.10 points (9.43+7.67) – US $8,000 and 3,500 points
2. Alessa Quizon (HAW) with 15.80 points (7.93+7.87) – US $4,000 and 2,640 points
3. Maud Le Car (FRA) and Malia Manuel (HAW) US $1,900 and 2,080 points