Adriano de Souza is often cited as one of the hardest working men on the Championship Tour. What the world champion lacks in high-flying go-for-broke gravitas he makes up for in consistency – routinely landing in the top ten and taking down big names.
In his Round 2 matchup against Joan Duru, though, we saw ADS begin to paddle out, go over the falls in some shore break, and wave for help as he attempted to hobble back up the sand.
According to the WSL, Adriano sustained a knee injury earlier in the day while free surfing just down the beach before his heat. He tried to push through it and surf his heat anyway, but when he went over the falls he tweaked it further and was completely immobilized. Members of the crowd rushed to pull him to the sand until WSL medical staff could get to him and assess the injury.
“[Medical staff] is saying that he heard a pop when he was in that shore break,” explained Strider Wasilewski in the broadcast. “If you watch the replay you can see him get sucked over backward a bit, and his leg jammed into the ocean floor. So when that happened it pushed the leg back a little bit, and they’re saying it’s the interior MCL, it looked like on the right leg.”
The extent of the injury is still unknown, and as a result it’s still unclear if ADS will be back on his feet in time for the Pipe Masters in December.
On Wednesday, Adriano posted the photo below on Instagram with the message: “This photo showing my best moment in Europe this year. This moment I will bring home, thanks everyone for the support.” Here’s to a speedy recovery, Adriano!