SAN CLEMENTE, California/USA (Monday, March 28, 2011) – Jadson Andre (BRA), 21, was the only 2010 ASP Dream Tour rookie to snag an elite event victory, taking out a dream win at the Billabong Pro in front of his hometown crowd. While many are in awe of the high-flying Brazilian’s ability to consistently punt massive airs, several critics questioned Andre’s ability to maintain his ranking amongst the world’s most well-rounded surfers. With that criticism in mind, the hard-working Brazilian has become obsessive about building upon his flaws, traveling around the world to seek out waves that will help him improve in areas he feels he’s lacking. SURFING Magazine recently caught up with Andre to see what his rookie year was like on the ASP World Tour from his daily contest regimen to his breakdown of the judging criteria to what life is like for a rookie on the big stage. This… is their story…
Despite defeating the greatest surfer of all time, Kelly Slater, to win the final of a World Tour event — on home soil, no less — Jadson Andre’s debut year wasn’t all ups. Moments after the win, Kelly stripped some of the gloss from the victory when he correctly questioned the young Brazilian’s ability in heavy waves by challenging him to replicate his Santa Catarina Pro heroics at Teahupo’o or Pipeline.
By Trestles, Jadson’s signature air reverse — the move on which his ascension to the World Tour and his victory there had been largely based — had been pulled apart by the ASP judging panel. He was eliminated from the event in dramatic circumstances when he launched two flat versions of the move on a last-minute wave against Damien Hobgood for a 4.83. Following the heat, he was visibly furious and refused to answer my questions about the decision. Here he tells us what worked for him last year and outlines the extreme lengths to which he’s gone to ensure he adheres to the Tour’s demands.
SURFING: What worked for you last year?
Jadson: The goal was to try and be Rookie of the Year but Owen [Wright] really deserved that. He was so consistent all year. He didn’t win a contest but he got third and a quarterfinal and third and a quarterfinal all year. I couldn’t keep really consistent like that. Last year was great for me. I had a few things to think about with how I have to surf, when I have to do my main maneuver — my air. Sometimes you have to do just one carve then do a big air. Mix it up. That’s what I’ve been trying to do this year. When you surf a certain way and you don’t get a good score then you have to change something. Last year I changed some things to suit the criteria. I know which maneuver I have to do at which point on the wave. Always you try to improve and you want to do what [the judges] want to see. That’s the goal, that’s the deal.
Did you exceed your expectations in your rookie year?
I knew last year in Brazil [for the Santa Catarina Pro] that it was going to be the contest for me. That’s where I grew up and learned to surf. The conditions I won the contest in were really different to where I come from [Rio Grande do Norte via Sao Paulo] but I knew it was the contest because I was at home and I knew the cut was coming at the middle of the year.
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For more on Andre view his full ASP WORLD TOUR PROFILE.