Adriano De Souza has made history by becoming the first Brazilian male surfer to win the prestigious Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach, Victoria. In what was a truly polished performance, Adriano consistently posted scores in the excellent range riding a 5’11” DHD surfboard and FCS PG-5 Carbon fins
, eventually defeating Californian, and fellow FCS team rider, Nat Young in the final.
Adriano continued his diverse approach to fin selection, this event choosing to ride the FCS PG-5 Carbon. This fin features Snap Back Technology; a highly stiff flex pattern that delivers immediate response. These fins can be pushed hard and suit the powerful driving turns typically seen at the Bells bowl.
“Speed and drive are the key ingredients to performing well at Bells Beach, you need to be able to push hard off the bottom and carve a longer turn off the top, especially when the waves are bigger. The stiffer PG-5 with the carbon inlay was the perfect fin choice for this week”.
In contrast to Adriano’s smooth forehand approach, tour rookie Nat Young put on an impressive display of vertical backhand surfing reminiscent of Occy and Damien Hardman. Nat rode a Channel Islands surfboard with Kelly Slater’s signature FCS K-3 PC template, which is designed for opened face waves and long arc turns.
FCS team riders made up 5 of the top 8 surfers, and with some of the best conditions in the events history, Adriano and company had a great platform to put prototypes of the new FCS II System
through its paces.
Mick Fanning, Kai Otton and Adriano all switched between the new system and the Genuine X-2 dual plug system
during the event. Mick typically rode his signature FCS MF-1
template, while Kai was on prototypes of a new template. Filipe Toledo, who was arguably the best surfer at Rincon, was riding a Firewire surfboard, and changed between the FCS GMB-5 and the PC-5 Bamboo templates.
FCS would also like to congratulate Hawaiian Carissa Moore who was in scintillating form to win the women’s division. Carissa was riding a board shaped by Matt Biolos fitted with FCS PC-5 fins.