Mineirinho

Adriano de Souza

Always trying to evolve, always in search of surfing excellence

Adriano de Souza poses for a portrait during World Champion Press Conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil on December 22, 2015.
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Hi, my name is Adriano de Souza. My discipline is surfing competition. My friends call me Mineirinho. I was born on 13 February 1987 in São Paulo, Brazil. My special talent is shooting and editing surf movies. My philosophy of life is be happy. My favourite food is beef steak with beans, rice and chips. My favourite music is rap.

Bio

After winning 11 world titles, it's safe to say that Kelly Slater knows a thing or two about competitive surfing, and what he knew when he first saw São Paulo’s Adriano Elias de Souza surf in competition was that one day he'd be surfing against the kid on the world tour.

Adriano started surfing at the age of eight and within two years was already competing. At 15, the press were calling him the next great hope for Brazilian surfing. But, it was in 2003 that Adriano really scooped the world's attention, when 'Mineirinho' (as he's known) became the World Junior Champion.

Adriano qualified for the world tour in 2006, and hasn't finished outside the top 10 since 2008. This man is a performer. Results include wins at the 2009, 2011 and 2012 Billabong Pros, the 2011 Rip Curl Pro and second at the 2012 Quiksilver Pro. Another great result came when he was crowned the 2013 Rip Curl Pro Overall Champion, simultaneously making history as he was the first Brazilian man ever to do so.

Then in 2015 all of Adriano's dreams came true as rode his way to first place overall in the World Championship Tour.

Adriano surfs with more passion than anyone else on tour, period. He'll ride each wave like it was his last and wears his heart on his sleeve. It's for this reason that audiences all over the world love him.

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Career Highlights

  1. 2015
    1. 1st Place Overall: Samsung Galaxy Championship Tour

  2. 2015
    1. 1st Place: Billabong Pipe Masters

      Hawaii, USA

    2. 1st Place: WSL Margaret River Pro

      Margaret River, Australia

  3. 2014
    1. Hurley Australian Open of Surfing Champion

      Manly Beach, Sydney, Australia

  4. 2013
    1. Rip Curl Pro Champion

      Adriano is the first Brazilian man to win the competition

      Bells Beach, Victoria, Australia

  5. 2012
    1. 1st Place: ASP 6STR Billabong Pro

      Jeffreys Bay, South Africa

  6. 2011
    1. 1st Place: ASP WT Rip Curl Pro

      Peniche, Portugal

    2. 1st Place: ASP WT Billabong Rio Pro

      Rio de Janeiro, Brazil