The opening round of the 2012 ASP World Tour wrapped up yesterday at Snapper Rocks in Queensland, Australia, with Brazilian Red Bull surfer Adriano de Souza meeting Aussie Taj Burrow in the final. Taking it down to the wire, the pair finished with a mere .26-point difference with Burrow emerging as the victor.
De Souza began the day by dispatching Owen Wright in the quarters, moving on to defeat Josh Kerr (who had eliminated 11-time World Champion Kelly Slater) in the semis. It was his second runner-up finish at the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast, his other coming to Joel Parkinson in 2009.
“I’m really happy with my result here today,” De Souza said. “It was such an amazing Final. Last year Taj and I had such a great heat here as well. It’s amazing to be on the podium here again; it’s a great way to start the year and I’m happy to be back up here.”
South African Jordy Smith took out Parkinson in the quarters but then fell to Burrow in the semis. Sally Fitzgibbons had made her way to the semis of the Roxy Pro Gold Coast, where she succumbed to four-time ASP Women’s World Champion Stephanie Gilmore, who went on to defeat Laura Enever to win the event.
Up next for the ASP World Tour is the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach in Victoria, Australia, running from April 3-14.
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