Is Brazil Taking Over the World of Pro Surfing?

By on October 1, 2014

Two decades ago you would’ve been hard pressed to find many surfers from Brazil making strides on the ASP World Surfing Tour. But today that’s all there is. Well, pretty much. While there are only two surfers in the Top 10, including current world number one Gabriel Medina and current world number seven Adriano DeSouza, there’s more where that came from. Of the Top 36 surfers on the World Championship Series, seven are from Brazil. And while that doesn’t seem like all that much, consider this: There will be twice as more on the WCT in 2015, since there are nearly ten more new names in contention via the World Qualification series. If those guys make it in 2015, that would mean nearly a third of the surfers on the ASP World Tour next year will be Brazilians. If that’s the case, there would be more Brazilians on the world tour than there are Americans, South Africans and Hawaiians combined. And that’s a scary thought. Americans, South Africans and Hawaiians better figure things out really quick or we’ll be looking at Brazilian World Champs for the rest of our lives because, face it, Kelly Slater, Mick Fanning and Joel Parkinson won’t be around forever and Kolohe and John John can only hold the torch as high as they can. Think about it.

Medina wins! Photo by Will H-S / ASP World Tour

Medina wins! Photo by Will H-S / ASP World Tour

Brazilians Currently On the ASP World Tour

Gabriel Medina, Adriano DeSouza, Felipe Toledo, Miguel Pupo, Alejo Muniz, Jadson Andre, Raoni Monteiro

Brazilians Who Could Join Them On Tour for 2015

Wiggolly Dantes, Jesse Mendes, Tomas Hermes, William Cardoso, Italo Ferreira, Peterson Crisanto, Alex Ribeiro, Heitor Alves, Caio Ibelli, Krystian Kymerson

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