Adriano de Souza takes the Billabong Pro JBay 2012

Adriano de Souza’s lifelong dream of becoming the Billabong Pro JBay champ came true today when he beat Joan Duru (France) in testing onshore conditions at Supertubes, Jeffrey’s Bay, South Africa.

The conditions throughout the competition was excellent, with some beautiful waves and riding skills showcased. The final was quite dramatic, as with about 5 minutes to go Adriano lost a fin on the bricks after trying a desparate final move to make up points (as he was trailing in second). He had to do the run up to the point and get a new board from his caddy and get out to the lineup again, which he did, plus he scored an 8.33 wave to clinch the final in the dying seconds of the heat.

Adriano mentioned that he was dreaming about this moment since he first came to Jeffrey’s Bay at 13 years of age. He was a true champion in the event throughout. Big up to you man! Also a shout out to Joan, who was really stoked to even make the finals and who surfed extremely well. It looked like he had it in the bag, but this is the nature of the top surfing contests out there and made for great viewing.

Watch this space over the next week for the full image gallery (some sick shots coming)!