Who is Peterson Crisanto? Meet the high-flying wildcard of the 2011 Billabong Rio Pro…
BARRA DA TIJUCA, Rio de Janeiro/Brazil (Tuesday, May 10, 2011) Brazilian surfing prodigy, Peterson Crisanto, has been awarded a coveted wildcard spot into the main event of the US$500,000 Men’s Billabong Rio Pro. The 19-year-old from Parana state will be the youngest surfer in the event and certain to draw one of the tournament’s big-name seeds in the form of Kelly Slater (USA), Jordy Smith (ZAF) or Mick Fanning (AUS).
Crisanto's ability to consistently pull a variety of aerial maneuvers makes him a legitimate threat to the sport's biggest names, and surfing in his first-ever ASP World Tour event in familiar waters – he has nothing to lose. The fanatical hometown Brazilian surf fraternity will be pushing him all the way!
In January on Australia's Gold Coast, Crisanto claimed the biggest-ever first-place prize for a junior surfer when he won the Hurley Burleigh ahead of a stellar, all-international field. The third and final Billabong Rio Pro webisode focuses on Crisanto and his possible shot at glory.
The Billabong Rio Pro incorporates event number 5 on the ASP Women's World Tour. Starring the top-17 rated female surfers and one wildcard, the tournament boasts a $120,000 prize pool. Hawaiian Carissa Moore leads the race for the 2011 World Title ahead of Australians Sally Fitzgibbons and Tyler Wright. Four-time and reigning world champion, Stephanie Gilmore, is fourth.
Billabong Rio Pro
ASP World Title Event No. 3 of 11
ASP Women's World Title Event No. 5 of 7
Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
May 11 – 22, 2011