The Billabong Rio Pro kicks off this Wednesday May 8th at Barra Da Tuuca in Rio De Janeiro Brazil. The top surfers on the planet will be taking to the lineup to battle it out for points and the first place spot, while thousands of spectators take to the beach to root for their favorite pro!

Rusty team riders Josh Kerr and Willian Cardoso have been down in Rio for the past couple of weeks prepping and training for the contest. Be sure to watch live and root Kerrzy and Willian on as they take on the rest of the CT and show off their competitive surfing skills.

Be sure to follow Josh on instagram @josh_kerr84 and follow Rusty to get the latest news and info @rusty_america

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The contest has ended... Congrats to Rusty team riders Willian Cardoso for making it to the quarter finals, and Josh Kerr for making it through to round 5!

The Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach has been cranking through this past week and weekend with some amazing surfing going down at the legendary Australian break. Rusty team riders Josh Kerr and Willian Cardoso have both been standouts in the event pushing their way through the heats to rack up the points.

Unfortunately Kerrzy went down yesterday in round 5 against Santa Cruz's Nat Young, even though Josh had put on an amazing show, it came down to the last 15 secs of the heat.

Congrats to Rusty team rider Willian Cardoso for taking the win in his round 4 heat and advancing to the quarter finals! Look for him to blow up and continue his momentum when he goes toe to toe with Nat Young to try and get through to the semis.

You can watch all the action anytime, visit the Heat Analyzer here...



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US Open Signing

The US Open is just right around the corner. All the boys are in town and ready to throw down some signatures. Walk on over to Jack's or HSS and get autographs by Josh Kerr, Noa Deane, Jay Davies, and Willian Cardoso. Signings: HSS 8/3 @ 2:00PM and Jack's 8/4 @ 12:00PM. Don't miss out.

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Both Josh Kerr & Willian Cardoso will be flying the flag for Rusty in the Billabong Pro starting in Rio De Janeiro tomorrow.

With Kelly Slater withdrawing from the event today due to injury, has given Willian a start as 2nd alternate. Huge opportunity for Willian to compete in his very first WT event in his home country.

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Kerrzy, Nate and Willian are riding hard at 2011 Cold Water Classic (CWC.) Kerrzy and Willian advanced straight to quarters and Nate still has to wreck the "no losers round." Keep it classy boys.

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Willian Cardoso Crowned 2010 Coca-Cola Saquarema Champion



The Coca-Cola Saquarema Pro 2010 had another great day of surfing with the Brazilian, Willian Cardoso, being crowned as the new king of Saquarema after a thrilling heat against Marco Polo, both from the south of Brazil.

Marco Polo decided to start early in the heat surfing as many waves as possible, while William opted to wait for the best waves as he did in his previous heats. He was rewarded in the last ten minutes with a 9.0 and 7.73 to take the win.

"I have no words. Winning here at Saquarema with the beach packed seeming like a stadium, it's an indescribable feeling," said Willian Cardoso. "I did not start the heat well, I was anxious, doing wrong moves...When I found nine points, I saw that I already turned the heat situation and when I was paddling back I got another good wave and only then began believing in the win."

With the 3000 points earned, Willian is now the sixth Brazilian among the ten who qualified for the 2011 ASP World Tour. He rose up twenty positions, jumping from 52 to 32 after the 19th stop completed in the Coca-Cola Saquarema Pro 2010.

The California kid, Nathaniel Curran, was the other surfer defeated by Willian in his winning campaign. He had a very tough heat against Willian, needing 14.17 points to overcome the Brazilian 17.20 pts.

"I started well and had good expectations, but he (Willian) had the best waves to make the highest-scores of the heat. I had to wait for a good wave, but it didn't happen", lamented Nathaniel Curran, who jumped from 72 to 54 in the ASP World Ranking. "I'm happy with my result, it was exciting surfing here. It is a place with great waves and this makes the tour much more exciting."

1 - Willian Cardoso (BRA) - scores 9.00 + 7.73 - US$ 20.000 e 3.000 pts
2 - Marco Polo (BRA) - scores 7.33 + 6.33 - US$ 10.000 e 2.250 pts

SF 1: Willian Cardoso (BRA) 17.20 x 14.17 Nathaniel Curran (USA)
SF 2: Marco Polo (BRA) 14.46 x 11.43 Travis Logie (ZAF)

QF 1: Nathaniel Curran (USA) 13.66 x 10.86 Ricardo dos Santos (BRA)
QF 2: Willian Cardoso (BRA) 11.53 x 9.07 Heitor Alves (BRA)
QF 3: Marco Polo (BRA) 12.83 x 10.97 Jeronimo Vargas (BRA)

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Yeomans and Kerr Advance at Trestles

Day two of the Nike 6.0 Trestles event displayed a perfect South swell with A-frames coming in consistently throughout the day. Some of the world's best surfers have all gathered for this beloved event and the level of competition is through the roof. Every preliminary heat could have been a final based on the talent level. In the early part of the day we saw Nate Yeomans take the win in his heat and the later part of the day Josh Kerr cut loose to advance through to the next round.

Nate takes the cake...




Kerr takes his progressive new school surfing to the contest arena...




William Cardoso...



Jake Halstead...


Photos: Brody

WQS Brazil Starts Today, Watch Out for Cardoso!

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The WQS Brazil Starts today and you better keep your eyes on Rusty Team rider and local favorite, Willian Cardoso, as he tries to take another win home this season and boost his chances of qualifying for the WCT...

Click here to follow the contest and the rest of the WQS recent news...

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Willian Cardoso Wins Again!




PANTIN, Spain (Saturday, September 12, 2009) – Willian Cardoso (BRA), 23, won the ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS) 5-Star Movistar Pantin Classic today in Galicia, North West of Spain, after defeating fellow finalist Rodrigo Dornelles (BRA), 35, in clean off-shore two to three foot (0.5 to 1 meter) waves in a 100% Brazilian final. After another week of intense action and close exchanges, Cardoso was crowned twenty-second champion of the Movistar Pantin Classic for the second consecutive time wrapping-up his 2009 European summer lefT atop the 120-man field of surfers from around the world, his second win this summer after the ASP WQS 6-Star Azores Islands Pro.

Cardoso, who dominated proceedings again through the final day of competition ousting other favorite Glenn Hall (IRL) in the Semifinals before defeating former ASP Top 45 surfer Dorneles in the final bout of the 2009 edition, stepped-up to deliver an impressive performance. Renowned for his powerful style and big-wave ss, Cardoso adapted to the fast-breaking smaller waves on offer to clinch a second win in three events moving up to No. 13 on the ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS) ratings.

“It’s unbelievable, that win is the best I could have imagined coming here,” Cardoso said. “It’s been a testing last couple of weeks for me, my father passed away and I stayed here because he would have wanted me to do so. This win is for him and I thank the massive support I’ve had from all my friends here and in Brazil. It’s just amazing to be the champion again here.”

Cardoso, who was sitting out of the Top 30 three weeks ago, showed he was to be counted with for next year’s ASP World Tour qualification race, leaving Pantin with 11151 points, a significant step for his ultimate goal. Powerful, fast and smart tactician, the 23-year-old wrapped-up an impressive European leg where his mental strength and determination left his opponent away from the title.

“The waves went from small to consistent, windy to clean, and I was always feeling well this week,” Cardoso said. “I have a special feeling with Pantin and with a second win in a row it’s gone even more solid. I am stoked to claim this one and can’t wait to be home with my family.”

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WQS: Watch Defending Champ William Cardoso in Spain


The Movistar Pantin Classic is underway in Spain and 96 surfers will compete in Round Two tomorrow, including Rusty's very own Willian Cardoso....

Click here to read the full story from day one and follow all of the continuing aciton by checking out ASP Europe.

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