The Brazilian champ won't let nothin' stand in his way!
How much do you believe in your job? Would you do illegal things for it? What about illegally drive in an emergency lane to get there on time? Well then you don’t believe in your job as much as Brazilian champion Adriano de Souza. And I can’t tell the story any better than the Geelong Advertiser so without further ado:
A WORLD surfing champion crashed into a taxi while running late for a heat at this year’s Rip Curl Pro, a court has heard.
Police allege Adriano de Souza was illegally driving in an emergency lane at Bells Beach when he collided with the front of the taxi, which was performing a U-turn.
The incident on Easter Monday this year happened soon before de Souza crashed out of the event during a third-round loss to American Conner Coffin.
The Geelong Magistrates’ Court heard yesterday the 31-year-old was in such a rush for the heat that he did not stop and exchange details after the collision.
It is alleged the Brazilian told the taxi driver: “I’m really sorry. I can’t stop.”
De Souza was not in court yesterday and there was no lawyer acting on his behalf.
Instead, the 2015 World Surf League champion sent an email to the court, explaining he was currently in Brazil and that his Australian visa had expired.
De Souza also said he was busy competing in professional surfing events around the world, including an upcoming competition in Bali.
He has been charged by police with careless driving and failing to keep left to the centre of the road.
The court had initially planned to deal with the case as an ex-parte hearing, which would have seen the charges decided without de Souza present.
But after further investigation by the prosecution, it later emerged he could have been following directions given by organisers of the Rip Curl Pro when he crashed.
“At the time of the alleged offending, the pro surfers were given instructions that, if running late, they would be allowed to go on the wrong side of the road … within a designated area. This happened outside that area,” prosecutor Senior Constable Kylie Jane said.
Now that is commitment.