There's A New World No. 1: Adriano De Souza

It may be a long year, but there’s no question that Adriano is off to one hell of a start.

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The history of the ASP Men’s World Title is rife with surprising statistics. For example, did you know that Kelly Slater is both the oldest and youngest surfer to claim the title? Or that Andy Irons and Mick Fanning are the only two surfers to win multiple titles during the reign of King Kelly? Or that there has never been a Brazilian champ?

Let’s think about that last stat for a moment. It’s always been hard to believe, but now even more than ever. When you think about the best surfers in the world, you can’t think too hard without seeing some green, yellow and blue patriotism. Brazilians just seem to raise the bar, both in and out of heats. And they have a reputation for being the hungriest surfers out there. They probably want it more than everyone else, yet no Brazilian has ever hoisted that elusive trophy. That could change this year.

It may still be early in a long year, but Adriano is currently in the driver’s seat. After a throwaway result on the Gold Coast, Adriano smoked the competition at Bells and rallied for a second place result at Rio. He’s as focused as we’ve ever seen him (which is scary), and we don’t envision him settling down any time soon. While we can’t promise anything right now, we can certainly take a moment to celebrate our boy’s current standing. Keep on giving ‘em hell Adriano. Keep on bringing the heat.