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The boys from Brazil

Updated: June 15, 2011, 11:20 AM ET
By Jake Howard

Forget the g-string, samba and bad style jokes, that's old hat. Like Brazil's emergence as a global economic powerhouse, their surfers are on the rise. There are currently eight Brazilians in the top 30 of the ASP's World Ranking, collectively they've won three out of the last four ASP Prime events, as well as the last World Tour event. Add to that the fact that Adriano De Souza is the first Brazilian ever to lead the World Tour ratings, and the surf world better recognize.

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