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.
But for those that aren't fluent in Portuguese, it's easy to clump the South American contingent together, and easier still to make snide jokes. But like any hot bed, there's a host of players involved, all serving different rolls with their unique personalities and approaches. De Souza's the 25-year-old godfather. Jadson Andre the giant killer, Miguel Pupo the energetic aerialist, while World Tour rookie Alejo Muniz (who originally hails from Argentina) is the quiet, soft-spoken kid that lets his surfing do the talking.
To help break it all down, ESPN Surfing's put the following gallery together, the idea being that if these guys are taking the surf world by storm, we should probably know who they are.