x

21Days: De Souza/Young, Episode Three

by on Thursday 9th May, 2013   10260 Visits   Comments

THE time is now, Rio is here. Go inside the lives of Adriano and Nat as they countdown to the event. And so, the day after tomorrow, the Billabong Pro, Rio De Janeiro waiting period fires up. And it’ll be there that, after placing first and second respectively at the Rip Curl Pro, Bells Beach, Adriano De Souza and Nat Young will pull on contest jerseys for the first time in over a month. But, what’ve they been doing for that month?

“He’s addicted to surf,” says Alejo Muniz of Adriano De Souza. Alejo is just one of a group of Brazilians that Adriano had been inspired by, keeping up with (and secretly competing with) over the last two weeks in Indonesia’s Mentawai Islands. Between the camera struggling to keep up with Adriano at Macaronis and the Rio-esque training ground righthander he sessioned, Mr De Souza is looking like a prepared man.

Nat, on the other hand, is also deep in preparation phase. After getting his Channel Island boards dialled with Travis Lee in California (Fred Rubbles, thanks), he tires of the lack of swell at home, and books a ticket for Tahiti. Nat wants some Teahupoo juice. He meets up with Michel Bourez to get the vibe of the place, and because, as Nat says, “You can really only get better if you’re surfing with good people.”

After leaving the boat, and having done no training for three weeks, Adriano heads to LA to tune up in the Red Bull High Performance Centre. He then visits Blackhouse (an MMA training facility). Nat, after much patience, scores his first session at Teahupoo in what most’d call solid conditions. He’s a little shaky at first but learns the ropes real quick.

Rio is about to explode. The contest scaffolding is up, the lights are on. And as Adriano says, “there’s no relaxing between events.”

Elliot Struck


‘View more of the 21 Days series here’

 

Comments
Average rating of 5 from 1 votes

10260 Visits -

Feature The Maldives out of Character
11659

The Maldives out of Character

The Maldives lights up at the end of June and into July for some unusually hollow waves

Video Jordy Smith and His Beloved Jeffrey’s Bay
7171

Jordy Smith and His Beloved Jeffrey’s Bay

From a surf stoked Durban kid to back-to-back Jeffrey’s Bay champion, O’Neill’s Jordy Smith has a special place in his heart for J-Bay.

Feature The Ripple Effect: The Brothers Witzig
3107

The Ripple Effect: The Brothers Witzig

Featuring two of Australia's wildest surfing icons – surf media pioneers the Witzig brothers, John and Paul.

Video Tub Thumping France, Pin It Heads to Hossegor in Ep 3
7843

Tub Thumping France, Pin It Heads to Hossegor in Ep 3

What would a surf roadtrip in Europe be without visiting the French coastline?

News New Wavegarden Planned for Devon is a Myth
9854

New Wavegarden Planned for Devon is a Myth

Surprise news that a Wavegarden type wave is planned for a sleepy corner of the Devon countryside, off Junction 27 of the M5 were released yesterday.

News ,Video Swimmer Attacked by Great White Shark
33121

Swimmer Attacked by Great White Shark

Footage of Great White Shark Attack at Manhattan beach

Red Bull Surfing