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De Souza wins Rip Curl Pro

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Wednesday, April 03, 2013

BELLS BEACH, Vic - Pumped-up Adriano de Souza rang the bell clean off the iconic Rip Curl Pro trophy after becoming the first Brazilian man to win the title at Bells Beach.

De Souza, who feels a special affinity with the number 13, says he always believed 2013 would be a special year for him, despite starting the season without a major sponsor.

He took control early in Tuesday's final against boom tour rookie Nat Young from California, winning by 16.26 points to 15.83 to claim his fourth world tour event victory and his first in Australia.

It capped one of the greatest days in the history of Brazilian surfing and came four years after compatriot Silvana Lima won the women's title at Bells.

Young had advanced to the final after ending Australian interest in the event by beating Taj Burrow in the semi-finals earlier in the day.

Defending Bells champion Mick Fanning was eliminated by de Souza in the quarter-finals.

The Brazilian held back nothing at the official presentation, ringing the famous trophy so hard that the bell splintered off.

Not that anyone minded.

"This is one of the biggest moments for me," said de Souza.

"My name will be here forever.

"As a Brazilian man it's the first win here ever after Silvana did it in the women's in 2009."


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