Believe the hype.
He’s been pro-surfing’s wonderboy for years now and he’s barely out of his teens.
The native of Maresias, Sao Paulo is shredding his way to iconic status.
He’s set fire to the ASP World Tour, scored perfect 10’s and dumbfounded commentators along the way.
He’s beaten King Kelly and Joel Parkinson and seems to surf exclusively at breakneck speed.
But it’s the aerials that really do it. This now famous, gobsmacking backflip says it all.
Adriano de Souza
Also from Sao Paulo state in Brazil’s south east and like Medina he surfs fast and powerfully.
De Souza announced himself by winning the World Junior Championships in 2003.
He joined the world tour three years later and has been an ever present in the Top 10 since 2008.
He’s known for being one of the most driven and intense surfers out there.
Hear what his competitors had to say about him:
De Souza’s character was forged by growing up poor and surfing has let him carve his way to a better future.
Intensity and passion are critical to his success but he’s also seriously skilled.
That, combined with nearly ten year’s worth of experience on the world tour mean he has every chance to become Brazil’s first ever World Champion.
There’s a common theme with these Brazilian surfers, they get good ridiculously quickly.
Bruna Schmitz won her first pro event at the age of fourteen (the youngest athlete in Brazil to do so) and was on the WCT (Women’s World Championship Tour) the same year she turned eighteen.
She’s widely, and highly, regarded as one of the most impressive female surfers around.
A Roxy favourite, she’s been featured in campaigns all the world over. She’s got elite skills and truly lives the life.
Check out our exclusive interview with Bruna Schmitz here.