De Souza at The Alley
BRAZILIAN surfing dynamo Adriano De Souza will defend this weekend's Billabong Alley Classic.
The 17-year-old became the youngest ever World pro junior champion to take out last years Billabong World Junior Championships and then arrived on the Gold Coast to take out the Alley Classic as the first international. De Souza then went on to win the Billabong Pro Teens and finished 4oth on the WQS ratings.
He was one of the favorites for last week's Brothers Neilsen Pro Junior top scoring in the early rounds but failed to land his own version of a radical air reverse move in the quarter finals against Manly's Sam Page.
Despite the surprising loss, the ever smiling happy Brazilian took it on the chin and said he looked forward to the next event, The Alley Classic.
Now in the 9th year, the Alley Classic held at Currumbin Alley is the first event of six on the new Billabong QCC (Queensland championship circuit) worth over $30,000 and $5000 for each event.
The history of champions includes three times winner Mark 'Richo' Richardson, Byron Bay's Yerin Brown, Grant Frost, Luke Munro and Joel Parkinson.
This year's field is the hottest ever featuring most of the pro juniors at last week's Brother Neilsen Pro Junior including the winner TJ Barron of Hawaii plus South Africa's national U/16 champion Jordy Smith who won the double last week at D-Bah for the HIC grommet challenge, the QCC champion Samba Mann, Lennox Heads James Wood the U/18 world ISA champion, former WCT pro's Shane Bevan of Kingsliff and Shane Wehner of Byron Bay.
The two day event is expected to draw a field of 96 surfers and according to swell forecaster Ben Matson the surf outlook is very promising for the weekend with excellent conditions for the southerly points and a decent swell.
The Alley Classic has had a hideous reputation for pulling in the big swells and this weekend will be 'cherry' to use a South Afri- can surf saying.
JACK McCoy's movie festival to be shown this Sunday night at the Gold Coast Convention centre is a night not to be missed.
Billabong's team manager Bruce Lee said Taj Burrows new movie 'Fair Bits' is full of laughs and excellent surfing also featured Hollywood comedian Ben Stiller.
Taj's surfing on his home breaks in West Australia plus the Gold Coast, Tahiti and Hawaii is as good as it gets.
McCoy's award winning Blue Horizon with three times world champion Andy Irons and Gold Coast's Dave Rastovich will screen again with some special highlights.
Meanwhile McCoy is working on his latest extravaganza titled 'Free as a Dog' as seen through the eyes of Joel Parkinson's dog, Lennox Head funny man James Wood and Byron Bay's up-and-coming pro junior Ellis Ericson.
THE next pro junior event on the ASP Australasia pro junior circuit will be the Billabong Pro Teens to be held next month from 10th to the 14th of February and once again a record field of entries is flooding in for the fourth pro junior event of the year.
The MNM boardriders will be meeting this Sunday at 8.30am to join up for the new year.
Surfrider Foundation's artist and musician Larry Taylor will be performing his last gig at the Vikings Surf club this Friday.
Winners of last week's giveaway for this Sunday's Billabong presents Jack McCoy's movie festival at GC convention centre are Sam Shaw of Tugun, Sue Dunn of Currumbin, Emily George of Cabarita, Mitchell McPherson of Currumbin and Jake Ross-Peek of Coolangatta. Winners have been notified.