From São Paulo’s shore to the world, Adriano Elias de Souza, a.k.a. “Mineirinho,” was picked out as a contender for the top by no less than eleven-time ASP world champion Kelly Slater.
In 2005, he notched up the highest-ever score and claimed the title of Youngest World Champion in the ASP’s World Qualifying Series (WQS).
De Souza started young, taking up surfing at eight years old and starting to compete just two years later. At 15, he was picked out as the great hope of Brazilian surfing by the press, but the world really sat up and paid attention when Mineirinho became Pro Junior World Champion in Australia in 2003.
Fiercely ambitious and always a crowd pleaser, Mineirinho never ceases to demonstrate his talent and he currently carries the Brazilian dream of winning the ASP World Champion title for the first time. He hasn’t been out of the top 10 since 2008, taking his first victory in Spain in 2009. He began 2011 by winning the third event on the ASP World Tour -- fittingly at the Billabong Rio Pro in Brazil -- to climb to the top of the ASP world rankings for the first time in his career.